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Episode 150: Jeff

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Jeff
Age: 30’s
Location: Arkansas
Addiction: Alcohol (beer)
What’s memorable: How lost he is without his wife, how much he needs his beer. Every 15 minutes, all day long. This is a very sad story.

Update: Jeffrey Karl James passed away on November 17th, 2016. Here is his obituary.

Official synopsis:  A college graduate who now works as a genealogist, Jeff can’t give up his 30-cans-of-beer-per-day habit even though his health is failing, he recently lost his wife, and his children are struggling to cope with the loss of their mother. Now Jeff faces a choice–his life or his beer. Can an intervention bring him to his senses?
Original Air Date: September 2011

Categories: Alcohol, Death of Loved One, Most Tragic Episodes, Season 10, Traumatic Incident

Discussion

28 Responses to “Episode 150: Jeff”

  1. How is jeff doing today. Great musician and singer. My heart felt for this young gentleman.

    Posted by page | September 2, 2014, 10:09 pm
    • On his facebook page he says he is “doing good” but makes no mention of sobriety. That would be an alcoholic’s version of “no comment.”

      Posted by Ann Hitchins | September 3, 2014, 7:22 pm
      • I actually am pretty good guys, hate to disappoint you. Google me, friend me on facebook. That whole show was a farce.

        Posted by Jeff James | October 28, 2014, 12:13 am
      • Thanks for commenting Jeff. I’m curious why you think the show is a farce. Was your episode edited a certain way?

        Posted by Dizzy | November 6, 2014, 2:50 pm
      • I couldn’t find his Facebook. Honestly people, when the show aired, his wife had just passed away. Who wouldn’t go through a downward spiral if that happened to them. I have had 2 friends that lost their spouse and they did the same thing. He says he is doing well, I think he is probably in a much better place right now, so I believe him!

        Posted by Missy | June 30, 2016, 8:20 am
    • Unfortunately, Jeff only has a few days to live. He’s been in ICU for two weeks from his liver and kidney shutting down, after they removed his other kidney that had stage four cell carcinoma. I spoke to him two days ago, it was the last time he was awake. The world is losing a beautiful soul. His new wife, and angel of three years will be taking care of the boys. Jeff has been one of my best friends most of our lives, and I’m heartbroken that he has to go out this way at such a young age.

      Posted by Brandy Norris | September 23, 2016, 1:04 am
  2. His Facebook page mentioned “6 months without a drink today. on Feb 17 (2016) and a post before that looks like he was in the hospital for (I think) a ruptured esophagus and cirrhosis?

    This episode broke my heart…. seeing a man who loved this woman so deeply and truly and then losing her… not many get a chance at a love like that in a lifetime, and then to have it ripped away.

    I hope he stays sober, for himself, and his sons. It’s not an easy road, but he’s a passionate man, and I believe in him!

    Posted by SweetLadyH | February 23, 2016, 7:50 pm
    • I believe he took down the info about the hospital because I can’t seem to find it. Or I just loathe the way FB shows posts now… either way, I’m glad Jeff is sober. One day at a time brother!

      Posted by Ash | March 13, 2016, 3:25 am
  3. Jeff has been sober for a few years now!! He was on the liver transplant list and discovered he had renal cell carcinoma. A week ago they removed his kidney and the other shut down followed by the liver. He has been given a few days to live. His poor children lost their mother and now their father. Heartbreaking

    Posted by Piper | September 21, 2016, 10:06 am
  4. He has been sober over a year, and is now in ICU, with only a few days to live, because of liver and kidney failure, after removing his one kidney that had stage four cancer.

    Posted by Brandy Norris | September 23, 2016, 1:08 am
    • I am so sad to see this. Jeff’s story has stuck with me since the first time I watched it. What a devastating blow to all who love him – especially his children, losing both parents so young. I’m praying for a miracle. Truly heartbreaking.

      Brandy, I’m so sorry. I echo Missy’s request to please keep us posted when you’re up to it. I’ll keep Jeff and all who love him in my prayers.

      Posted by Shannon | September 26, 2016, 1:59 pm
  5. Sad news. Please keep the board informed. God bless his family and friends!

    Posted by Missy | September 26, 2016, 6:36 am
  6. Per his Facebook page, it appears that things are looking much more positive than just two weeks ago. Jeff’s wife shared that the doctors are amazed at his progress, and they are talking about long term goals and possibly going home. It sounds like Jeff will still need dialysis, but he seems to be quite a fighter! Keeping Jeff and those who love him in my prayers.

    Posted by Shannon | October 5, 2016, 8:00 am
  7. Jeff seems to be making a miraculous recovery! He is in liver and kidney failure, but he continues to preserve. Please click the link to visit his page, and donate if possible.

    https://www.gofundme.com/u2hw66p

    Posted by Madeline | October 19, 2016, 12:48 pm
    • I should probably not use the word “recovery” in this sense. It’s more that he’s had a miraculous stabilization, in that doctors did not expect him to survive, but he has.

      Posted by Madeline | October 20, 2016, 6:44 am
  8. He passed away. Please pray for his children.

    Posted by Tonya Williams | November 27, 2016, 6:00 pm
  9. Jeff unfortunately passed away. I came across the obituary on Facebook that his wife had posted. His full name is jeffrey karl James. Looks like he went home and was doing OK but around the 17th of November had to be put back on life support and didn’t make it. Very sad RIP Jeff.

    Posted by Kristy | November 28, 2016, 8:47 pm
  10. I am so sad about this. I didn’t know him, but his story always stuck with me. God bless his family and may he RIP!

    Posted by Missy | November 29, 2016, 1:05 pm
  11. Rip. He’s with his wife now. 😞

    Posted by Flo | December 3, 2016, 12:09 pm
  12. Damn, I’m heartbroken for Brandy and all Jeff’s friends and families. Jeff’s story spoke to me, and I was so hopeful for a miracle. If any of Jeffery’s loved ones read this, please know that you all have been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I wish I had the right words to bring you comfort and peace during this terribly difficult time. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

    Posted by Shannon | December 15, 2016, 7:44 pm
    • I meant to mention Summer, Jeff’s wife; please forgive my inexcusable oversight! Summer, you and everyone who knew and loved Jeff have my deepest sympathy. May you all find peace and comfort. Sending love and prayers from AZ. 🌹❤️🌹

      Posted by Shannon | December 15, 2016, 7:52 pm
  13. They just showed the episode again but with no update about his passing. I’m surprised and disappointed.

    Posted by Ruth | January 2, 2017, 5:31 pm
  14. Rest in peace Jeff. I saw your story years ago for the first time. It was the only intervention episode that made me cry. I also loved someone very much and list them, I was as broken as Jeff was. He had such a beautiful voice and so much talent that was going down the drain. My heart broke for him. I’m glad he at least got sober for a while before he died. I hope his kids are taken care of and learned something from his dad’s struggles. I often thought about Jeff in my own struggle to get sober. I finally did about a year ago. Goodbye Jeff.

    Posted by Ryan | January 23, 2017, 12:52 am
  15. I just saw that episode on TV also. I too was very saddened by it. I just wanted to say he was in a grieving state and to tell him “your wifes death was not your fault” He seemed to think it was. Now I am sad that he too has died. My heart felt sorrow is with his family.

    Posted by Ann Schlatter | January 25, 2017, 12:48 pm
  16. I just want to say thank you to everyone on here. This is the first time I have seen this feed. Jeffery was a fighter. He was strong and brave through everything. I met Jeff in the 6th grade and we were close since that time in 1988. When he lost his first wife, I was going through a divorce. We both realized that we should have been together since 1988! I love him with everything in my soul. His passing has been devastating for me, our boys, and all of our family and friends. There is no one else on this planet like Jeffery Karl James. I want people to know that the show Intervention only caused trouble in our life. When you come from a small town, everyone knows everything. It was a struggle. The producers put each person in a room and gave them a list of words that had to be read. When Jeff walks into the intervention, he had to do that “scene” 4 times! When he first walked in he said “ok, where am I going for rehab?” That didn’t have enough drama. So, they made him come in again and again until he had the right reaction. It also did not mention that he stayed sober for over 45 days after leaving rehab. He started drinking again after DHS took the kids out of his home and made them stay with grandparents because the roof was leaking and some of the ceiling was rotted. Needless to say, he worked everything out. The show producers would call about twice a year trying to get an update on Jeff. We were happy and healthy and did not respond to their questions. I can say that Jeff was happy with me and I was happy with him. We had a wonderful life. He was one of the smartest people I have ever met. He had some time during his illness to make arrangements. He was of himself and knew everything that was happening. They boys are now in my custody. I love them so very much and will watch them grow. I made one promise to Jeff. That was that I would rock our grandbabies and play them all of his music so they will know who he is. He also made me promise to read to them. I look forward to the day when I can sit on the front porch with our grandbabies, read to them, and tell them stories of their amazing grandfather while listening to him sing to us. Thank you to everyone for all the love!

    Posted by Summer James (Jeffery's Wife) | February 6, 2017, 11:47 am
    • Oh Summer. You seem like such a wonderful person! I am so happy Jeff had you to cherish in his final years. This episode hit me harder than most. I cried throughout most of it, especially when he sang. His voice touched my heart. He was clearly a kind, warm-hearted person with a pure and beautiful soul going through an unimaginable amount of pain. While I am grateful the show helped him into rehab, I can’t help but feel they were exploiting a young man who was going through the worst point of his life. From what I remember, they didn’t even offer the children any therapy for all the trauma they had suffered. That’s shameful. Thank you, Summer for not only sharing more of his story, but speaking the truth on the way the show handled him. You seem like a wonderful person and I wish you all the best. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Please know that there are strangers out there that are praying for you and weep for your loss. <3

      Posted by Tanya Nugent | February 20, 2017, 6:18 pm

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