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Episode 43: Ashley

Season 3, Episode 8


Age: 20
Location: Seattle, Washington
Addiction: Meth

What’s Memorable: This is another cautionary tale, like Gabe and Tamela, about what happens when religion gets in the way of truly being able to see a person. Ashley’s father (just like Gabe’s and Tamela’s)is especially incapable of connecting with her on any meaningful level. His response to her addiction is “this is about your relationship to God” and “if you died right now you’d go to hell” kind of thing. You can see Ashley’s pain at hearing “God loves you” instead of “I love you.”

Official synopsis: Growing up, Ashley, 20, was always considered the wild child. While her younger sister was quick to follow the rules and be active in the church, Ashley tended to reject her parents’ strong Christian values. The more her parents tried to guide her, the more she pulled away. By her teenage years, Ashley became a chronic runaway and drug addict. Her family sees an intervention as her only hope. But will Ashley take their efforts as a sign of love or another chance to run away?

Original Air Date: June 2007
Interventionist: Ken

Categories: Death of Loved One, Ken, Meth, Religious Family, Season 3


6 Responses to “Episode 43: Ashley”

  1. This one was so hard for me because of the religious upbringing . Yes this young woman made many mistakes but that background . It reminded me of when all the extreme religious groups tried to have Harry Potter books banned in our town .
    This poor girl could not even wear Ninja Turtle panties ! As a child when she did wrong Hell was thrown in her face . Think about how horrifying that must have been for her to hear at 4 ,5 , 6 …… even 12 years old . You can only take so much before you rebel or break down . I am wishing her the best .

    Posted by marcy lily | December 19, 2014, 1:30 am
  2. Obviously, not every religious family breeds a meth addict, but the parents really should take at least some responsibility here, and to see that their religious fundamentalism is also part of the problem.

    Posted by Irene | February 24, 2017, 8:57 pm
  3. Anyone have an update on her?

    Posted by Siouxsie | March 17, 2017, 3:14 am
  4. Ashley is doing great! Just celebrating 12 years of sobriety, living with her son (seen in the episode) and her daughter. I’m will always be so grateful she chose treatment…the thought of her not being apart of my life was absolutely soul crushing. I’m really proud of her!

    Posted by Alecia | April 16, 2019, 1:57 am

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