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Episode 33: Laurie

Season 2, Episode 20
Age: 31
Location: East Texas
Addiction: Pain meds, Anxiety meds
What’s Memorable: “If I take enough medication I don’t have to feel the sense that I’m a really bad mother.”  The extent to which Laurie gets obliterated on pills is actually painful to watch. I hope to goodness she was able to get it together since the intervention because she did not have a lot of time left.

Update: Laurie Moses-Roeseler passed away on on July 1, 2015. I do not know what the cause of death was.  Obituary

Official synopsis: At one time, Laurie was a psychotherapist and mother of three. But then an addiction to pain killers and alcohol led to the loss of her job and her family, and now only an intervention can stop her from losing her life.

Original Air Date: December 2006
Interventionist: Candy

Categories: Addicts Who Have Died, Benzodiazepines, Candy, Lortab, Medical Problem, Morphine, Pain Meds, Season 2


25 Responses to “Episode 33: Laurie”

  1. I am wondering what happened to Laurie? How is she today?

    Posted by Kati Mayo | January 21, 2015, 10:07 am
  2. I was a little shocked/confused when they aired the follow up about her overdosing. Just to give some clarity, after the episode was re-aired in March 2008 Laurie had successfully completed treatment at a rehab center and was working to regain custody of her children until she overdosed on heroin and Oxycontin in January 2008; she recovered from the overdose and as of March 2008 is back in treatment near her home so that she can continue to work on her relationship with her children.

    Posted by Voltaria | February 23, 2015, 8:27 pm
  3. Laurie passed away.

    Posted by No one really | July 11, 2015, 2:34 pm
  4. Her episode is on now. Did she OD?

    Posted by Donna | September 5, 2015, 8:43 pm
  5. Oh my gosh. My heart is breaking. I just watched this episode. Her poor children. Have we found a cause of death yet?

    Posted by Kimberly | September 6, 2015, 12:27 pm
  6. This saddens me. I am sad for her children, at a life lost, for her family.

    Posted by tattedgirl | September 6, 2015, 1:51 pm
  7. So sad, I will pray for her and her family, especially the children.

    Posted by COMMENTER | September 6, 2015, 7:32 pm
  8. Her episode was just on. That’s so sad, my heart is breaking for her children.

    Posted by Ruth | September 9, 2015, 7:41 pm
  9. Laurie had so much going for her. She seemed like an extremely intelligent woman and had three beautiful children. I was saddened to hear of her death.

    Posted by Kimberly | September 14, 2015, 8:30 pm
  10. Laurie lived not too far from me and she was born in the same city as my fiancé.

    Posted by Kimberly | September 14, 2015, 8:38 pm
  11. I just watched her story of intervention. You could see those pills had taken hold of her. that constant blank and distant stare…slurred speech and every other ugly symptom of being pilled out of one’s mind. I hope her children will be able to heal and have happy memories of their mother..but it seems as if those kind of experiences are few and far between….

    Posted by Katonista | February 5, 2016, 5:10 am
  12. I just found out Laurie passed and breaks my heart. I worked with her for several years and knew her as little intelligent with huge heart and si much potential. She was young and naive and trusting and I feel taken advantage of and led astray by someone she looked up to in her profession. Prayers to her parents and her 3 precious children

    Posted by Rc | July 12, 2016, 8:29 pm
  13. RIP Laurie.

    I wonder why it says she was an alcoholic in her official synopsis. I know she was hooked on pain pills but I don’t remember ever hearing about her having a drinking problem?

    Posted by Andy | May 24, 2017, 6:19 pm
  14. I rewatched this episode today and I have to add that Laurie’s daughter Katy is amazingly strong and articulate in the intervention. She was assertive and direct, and it was clear she meant business. I would hire her as an interventionist in a second.

    Posted by Ashlee Willis | September 19, 2018, 3:37 pm

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