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Episode 57: Tressa


Age: 32
Location: Nebraska
Addiction: Meth
What’s Memorable: How humble and self-aware she is about how her meth addiction has affected her life. Her father being in denial of her being a lesbian and her whole family believing that she should get over it and have a relationship with a man and with God, that that would solve all of her problems. It’s all kind of tragic really, but Tressa is so strong and a total survivor. I really like her.

Official synopsis: Tressa, 32, attended college on a track and field scholarship and became one of the world’s top female shot-putters, earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. But Tressa’s dreams were shattered when a routine drug test revealed that she had been living a double life as an Olympic hopeful and an IV drug user. With her Olympic career in shambles, Tressa uses crystal meth daily as her life spirals out of control. Can her family step in and save Tressa before she loses not only her career, but her life?
Original Air Date: February 2008

Categories: Athletic/Competition Career End, Homosexuality, Meth, Most Likeable Addicts, Most Unforgettable Episodes, Most Uplifting Episodes, Religious Family, Season 4


7 Responses to “Episode 57: Tressa”

  1. I wish only the very best for Tressa. She reminds me of someone I know, so that makes me feel close to her. I grew up in Iowa and am gay as well. Although I am older than Tressa, I can understand what growing up in the Midwest is like. I wish I knew her, or at least meet her via internet. She seems like such a beautiful soul…

    Posted by Marcy Williams | October 18, 2014, 9:01 pm
  2. Hasn’t Jeff Van Vonderen written several books about spiritual abuse? Because this is a fine case study right here.

    Posted by Clementine Danger | December 23, 2014, 10:14 am
  3. Favorite episode. Tressa seems wonderful. I must admit I was developing somewhat of a crush on her by the end of the show!

    Posted by m | April 29, 2015, 4:39 pm
  4. Sadly, I think she’s relapsed, from what I could find online (twitter/youtube accounts)

    Posted by M.E. | August 11, 2015, 7:05 pm
  5. Watching Tressa’s episode was painful. I’m slowly making my way through past seasons of Intervention, and this episode hit me really hard. It’s painfully obvious to anyone outside looking in that poor Tressa does not have a family that cares about her because she is gay. They simply cannot accept a major part of their daughter.

    There are so many Intervention episodes where the family is awful. I know that’s not a reason to use, but I honestly don’t know if I’d be strong enough to deal with the horror that some of these people go through.

    Tressa, you’re a cool lady and it’s not your fault.

    Posted by Rachel | October 26, 2015, 1:17 pm
  6. Met tressa back in 2010. She was working in a fitness business I was a part of. Saw her episode of intervention but kept it to myself in fear of people in the company misfairly judging her. She seemed to have it together living in southern California.

    Posted by Zach | February 20, 2017, 10:20 pm

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