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Episode 133: Jenna

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Jenna
Age:  28
Location: Boston, Massachusettes
Addicted to: Heroin
What’s Memorable: The stepfather and the intense long-term emotional turmoil Jenna and her siblings have suffered as a result. Jenna’s decision to meet with her stepfather at a waterpark – while I personally understand it, I get why the siblings don’t.  I also really respect Jenna’s boyfriend (and eventual husband) John for participating in this intervention despite being an addict himself. It takes a lot to do that.

Official synopsis:  Jenna, 28, once a sweet natured and compassionate young girl, endured a brutal childhood that still haunts her and her siblings. Today she steals and manipulates her family to support her destructive heroin habit. Can Jenna and her siblings overcome their past to work together as a family and get Jenna into treatment?
Original Air Date: January 2011

Categories: Childhood Physical Abuse, Childhood Violence, Heroin, Season 9

Discussion

15 Responses to “Episode 133: Jenna”

  1. Jenna’s one of my favorite “recoveries” of all of the ones I’ve seen. She seems like a lovely lady who just took the wrong turn and couldn’t find her way back. Sounds like she has a happy ending with John and their little boy. Here’s yet another of Candy Finnegan’s miracle fixes. DAMN, she’s good! This is one of those episodes that really amplify the fact that she’s fantastically good at what she does. I’ve realized that whenever I find out Candy’s the interventionist of a given episode, it’s going to be a good one!

    Posted by Gregory Moore | January 10, 2015, 7:09 pm
    • Agreed. Jenna’s followup is awesome.

      I wonder what Candy’s success rate is and how it compares to the others. She’s had a few misses but she always gives it her all and never phones it in. I should have documented this from the beginning – who did the intervention and if they went to treatment or not. If I could go back 3 years I would totally do that. One very unscientific way to measure – the 5 people who did not go to treatment: Alissa, Marquel, Larry, Adam, Sean. Who did theirs?

      Posted by dizzy | January 10, 2015, 7:21 pm
  2. Yes, that would be an interesting survey. Sounds like a fun project. I’ll see if I can get that answer…though I don’t know if I can access all those shows. I’ll see how far I can get.

    Posted by Gregory Moore | January 10, 2015, 7:51 pm
  3. Of the five subjects who refused to go to treatment, the interventionists who led their interventions were:
    Jeff–Larry, Adam and Alissa
    Candy–Marquel
    Seth–Sean

    Posted by Gregory Moore | January 10, 2015, 8:17 pm
    • Damn Gregory, you’re on it. Thank you. So Marquel is the only Candy intervention that failed. As I remember, Candy never met Marquel because she refused to come to the intervention.

      Posted by dizzy | January 10, 2015, 8:51 pm
  4. I just saw this episode for the first time as a new viewer of the show. After a few minutes I realized that I met her a few years before the filming!!! She was working at Boston’s top gentleman’s club, and memorable for her personality. She seemed so subdued on the show in comparison. I’m really glad she got help and moved forward with her life. Its a small world!

    Posted by Mark | January 11, 2015, 12:57 am
  5. It was heartbreaking to hear of the torment these children were put through…too many sadists masquerade as “disciplinarians.” It’s an awesome testament to human resiliency that none of the three didn’t turn out batshit insane.

    Such a wonderful ending though — I couldn’t help but shout five “yays” during the followup. So hope their blessings have continued!

    Posted by Deadly_Sinner | January 12, 2015, 3:30 pm
  6. Beautiful girl, Beautiful family. This episode is one of the most powerful for me. A family of survivors despite the abuse they endured during the most important stages of their lives.

    They all deserve better and I hope they are living well.

    Posted by cricket | May 4, 2015, 12:03 pm
  7. I just watched this one for the first time. Right before Jenna goes to treatment, her brother says do it for John and Emerald. Who is Emerald? Did she have a child and I missed it?

    Posted by Court | July 10, 2016, 9:55 pm
    • Emerald is her dog – was shown in the very beginning of the episode

      Posted by ShelbyLee | July 11, 2016, 8:55 am
      • So just watching this episode first one I ever seen very interesting. Did Jenna pass the test or did she fail? It’s on tv right now watching as o type even she’s about to find out camera crew in an intervention I guess. Was curious if she and John actually went or not they’re at gas station now after borrowing money for gas or something. .

        Posted by Rick | July 17, 2017, 7:39 am
  8. I *LOVE* John. His accent is awesome, and what a great guy. Hope Jenna is doing well!

    Posted by Inky | September 8, 2016, 11:23 am
  9. Anyone have any updates on Jenna?

    Posted by A.S. | January 6, 2017, 8:14 pm
  10. Jenna is one of my all time favorites, and with a little digging around look what I found…her fb page! She looks really good in her pics. https://www.facebook.com/jenna.andrews.94?lst=1569752990%3A100000544321136%3A1503782096

    Posted by Melissa | August 26, 2017, 2:19 pm

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