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Episode 32: Sylvia

Sylvia
Age: 49
Location: North Carolina
Addiction: Alcohol
What’s Memorable: Sylvia has a truly powerful and memorable story. The crying for her babies, the drinking out of little liquor bottles in her car during work, the drinking at work, the stealing wine in her mother’s kitchen and getting too drunk to go to the game she had wanted so badly to be sober for. She’s also a very inspiring story. I think she ended up becoming an addiction counselor. Good for her. I’m sure she’s really good at it too.

Official synopsis: Sylvia had four wonderful kids, a strong marriage, and a successful business. But when family tragedies struck, Sylvia looked for solace in the bottle, and today she is a frail, vulnerable, alcoholic. An intervention is her only hope.

Original Air Date: December 2006
Interventionist: Jeff

Categories: Abusive Relationship, Alcohol, Most Likeable Addicts, Most Powerful Episodes, Most Unforgettable Episodes, Most Uplifting Episodes, Season 2

Discussion

16 Responses to “Episode 32: Sylvia”

  1. I think Syliva’s story is the reason why I watch the show, I felt her pain and wonder often how she’s doing today. I wish her well.

    Posted by Adacia | December 3, 2012, 5:42 pm
  2. I think this was the first episode I ever saw of this show. Despite the fact that I have little in common with Sylvia, I somehow felt like I could “feel” her pain. I still don’t feel like I have that much in common with her, but I totally understand her feelings of inadequacy and hopelessness and how she had to find some way to deal with them. I was so happy when it announced she recovered, and I hope she’s still doing well today. I also hope that [other] viewers who share her feelings or her addictions found some inspiration in this episode.

    Posted by yo | August 13, 2013, 9:16 pm
  3. Sylvia’s story moved me ……….. I felt for her and it was the first episode where I really felt alcoholism as a disease. I am proud of her and her recovery and her decision to help others. You Go Girl!

    Posted by Becky | December 30, 2014, 11:27 am
  4. her brother’s letter was the most compelling of any show i think

    Posted by Sarah Thomas | January 14, 2015, 8:06 pm
  5. I wish her well. I was once in her shoes a very smart, beautiful, hardworking woman. And I had some huge loss in my family and the man I was with at the time was stealing my money from me for his drug habit and in the end he dragged me in until one day I was like I am not me anymore. And I left his sorry ass and never looked back. I have been sober 15 years and he is just a pathetic junkie.

    Posted by NCgirl | February 19, 2015, 7:27 pm
  6. I’m watching this episode now. My mother lost custody of me due to her alcoholism when I was four. She was dead a month after I turned six years old, because she continued to drink to drown her sorrows. She died of liver cirrhosis. I’m just crying so hard watching Sylvia finally understanding the sort of pain my mother went through after my father took me away from her care. I wish intervention could have been there for my mom, but Sylvia’s kids get her back, and that’s the best we could ever hope for, that she stays sober and stays good to herself for herself and for her kids. I wouldn’t wish the pain I’ve gone through losing my mother so early on my worst enemy. I really hope Sylvia stays away from alcohol so her kids can keep her there alive in their lives as long as possible.

    Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2015, 5:31 pm
    • I’ve seen recent new episodes and Sylvia has been the Interventionist so she has stayed sober 10 years and is helping others. I cried watching her show originally and never got her out of my mind. So she is fine. I am sorry for your pain and childhood with your mom. Had to be very tough for you.

      Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2017, 1:20 pm
  7. Just watched the follow up (2015) during Samantha’s episode. I’m happy to hear she’s stayed clean, is an interventionist, and is getting her masters!

    Posted by Ashley | May 3, 2015, 9:37 pm
  8. This episode truly touched my heart because I really felt for her. She reminds me a lot of some of my own family members. I think her success story is one of the shows most amazing!

    Posted by Jimmie | June 22, 2015, 3:16 am
  9. Sylvia is one if the sweetest and most inspirational women I have ever seen. I cried for her multiple times during the episode and strive to someday be as strong and loving as she is. Intervention should offer contact or mentoring from recovered addicts to those who find strength through watching the show. I can only pray for Sylvia and her 4 beautiful children. What a wonderful woman.

    Posted by Abbi | August 11, 2015, 2:42 am
  10. She’s the intervention counselor for tonight’s episode

    Posted by Spencer | August 16, 2015, 7:45 pm
  11. Hey Sylvia. Or, any other addict.

    I’m from NC and have lived there for 22 years. I have a really amazing opportunity and future that I’m about to destroy because of being an alcoholic and DXM addict.

    Your appearance on intervention as an interventionist was amazing.

    Please, contact me.

    Posted by Doc | August 18, 2015, 9:30 pm
  12. She did a really good job as an interventionist! Looks great too.

    Posted by Rainborambo | August 18, 2015, 9:50 pm

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