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Episode 33: Laurie

Season 2, Episode 20
Laurie
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

Discussion

37 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
    • Does it actually say what she was arrested for?

      Posted by Ash | September 6, 2015, 2:18 am
      • Hindering apprehension or prosecution of a known felon. I also found that she was evidently a felon herself because her booking type was listed as: Pretrial Felon.

        She had a masters in psychology. Could have done so much more with her life. Hope her kids are alright.

        Posted by Quinn | September 9, 2015, 7:39 pm
        • My mother was not a felon.

          Posted by Amanda | January 31, 2018, 7:32 pm
        • This is not a legitimate arrest report. SH 205 doesn’t even exist in this county, and our local police reports are public so it’s very easy to look it up. I went to school with Laurie and her mother was one of my High School Teachers. Laurie was extremely intelligent, sweet, and a friend to all. The father of her children too was a sweet guy and attended the same school. They were high school sweethearts. She was a super tiny little girl with a big bright smile, and I remember how cute she was when she got pregnant. Just this short lil girl and her unborn baby was bigger than she was. Thought she was such a cute mama to be, and she was so happy about this lil baby. Do not make any ugly comments either! We all tend to gain after having babies, just a part of life. I don’t know what happened in Laurie’s life to cause such a drastic change, but I know she loved those babies. Had she never took the first pill or tried the first drug, none of you would have ever even known of her. Our hometown is very small and ev’one knows everyone. Her Mom and Dad and brother were always very sweet and always with a kind smile. I know this has been hard on all of them and especially Laurie’s children. I hope those kids know that their mom loved them and that in her right mind she would have never done anything to hurt them. I know that in my heart and strongly believe that to be true. I hope and pray that if you people that watched Or are reading take anything from this at all, it is this – don’t ever try drugs not one time! Don’t turn your life inside out by trying this addictive mess. Don’t think that it can’t happen to you because it could. One time is all it takes for someone to be addicted and that alone should be enough reason to never do it. Think of your loved ones first. They are the last ones you’d ever want to hurt and the first ones to have their hearts broken. God Bless you all. You have been through a terrible ordeal. Always know and remember during any hardship that if you will just give it to God, He will always bring you through.

          Posted by Tab | June 8, 2020, 1:14 pm
        • My mama wasn’t a felon, it was listed under *pre-trial* felon because hindering apprehension of a known felon is a 3rd degree felony in the state of Texas, but she hadn’t been to court yet and hadn’t been found guilty of shit. Her kids would be doing a lot better if we didn’t have to see comments with people talking down about our mama though.

          Posted by Katy | October 12, 2020, 9:44 pm
        • My mama wasn’t a felon she was booked under *pre-trial* felons because hindering apprehension of a known felon is a 3rd degree felony. She never went to court, and was never found guilty of shit, so don’t spread misinformation you found from a Google search. Oh and she never overdosed on heroin and wasn’t an alcoholic, I’m not sure where that came from, but she didn’t use heroin. Our family chose not to release my mama’s cause of death for a reason, I really wish y’all would respect that instead of repeatedly asking if anyone found out what it was. My mama was a good person who’s life got fucked up by prescription medications, addiction can happen to anyone and all you people judging her need to remember that one day it could happen to someone you love, and then the last thing you’ll want to see are negative comments about them.

          Posted by Katy | October 13, 2020, 12:08 am
    • How sad, she just looked awful. i hope she is at peace.

      Posted by chris m | December 6, 2016, 8:10 pm
      • Responding to TAB, the correct state highway is 204, perhaps that was a typo. Can’t say what else is or isn’t true. Very sad that it’s been five years without her regardless.

        Posted by ca | July 5, 2020, 5:41 am
        • responding to CA, i can personally tell you that MY MOTHER was not a felon. don’t speak on a situation when you’re only intel is from a simple google search.

          Posted by Amanda | October 12, 2020, 9:25 pm
        • Amanda, you are right. I was only referencing the highway and I never assumed that your mother was a felon just because of the vague pretrial description. I think she was a very fascinating person and I would love to hear more about her life and the work she did with her PhD. I hope that you and your siblings are well and stay safe.

          Posted by CA | November 14, 2020, 9:19 am
    • That’s such a shame… I remember it being very painful to watch this episode because she was such a mess. Her poor children 🙁

      Posted by Samantha R. | September 1, 2015, 8:11 am
    • My mama wasn’t a felon she was booked under *pre-trial* felons because hindering apprehension of a known felon is a 3rd degree felony. She never went to court, and was never found guilty, so don’t spread misinformation you found from a Google search. Oh and she never overdosed on heroin and wasn’t an alcoholic, I’m not sure where that came from, but she didn’t use heroin. Our family chose not to release my mama’s cause of death for a reason, I really wish y’all would respect that instead of repeatedly asking if anyone found out what it was. My mama was a good person who’s life got messed up by prescription medications, addiction can happen to anyone and all you people judging her need to remember that one day it could happen to someone you love, and then the last thing you’ll want to see are negative comments about them.

      Posted by Katy | October 13, 2020, 12:14 am
  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
  15. I am the paramedic that escorted Laurie, along with Candice to California. I kept in touch with her until about 2012 and lost contact with her. She was an amazing person underneath the troubled issues that she couldn’t get rid of. I remember Katy as she was extremely strong and her powerful influence to get her mother to go too California. Laurie told me many times it was Katy who had the most influence on her decision to go. Laurie loved her kids, parents and at the time fiancé. Laurie was smart and I wish I could of talked and spent more time with her. Underneath all. Laurie was an amazing lady. I wish nothing but the best for her family.

    Posted by James Castetter | July 5, 2020, 2:07 pm
    • Thank you so much. She never really told me how much I meant to her or how much of a role I played in her decision to go to treatment that day, I’m just glad we convinced her to go. Even if we couldn’t save her completely, we kept her for an extra 14 years.

      Posted by Katy | October 13, 2020, 12:29 am

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