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Episode 98: Gloria

Season 6 Episode 13

Age: 53
Location: Bay Area, California
Addiction: Alcohol
What’s Memorable: Given the number of years Gloria has been an alcoholic, and her denial of having a problem, it was absolutely shocking that she agreed to treatment and then actually got sober. Probably the most surprising “yes, I’ll go” that I’ve seen.

Official synopsis: At 53, Gloria prides herself on being a good cook and an independent, fun-loving woman. But Gloria uses her cooking and charm to manipulate her family into letting her drink as much as she wants. Gloria had difficulty raising her children, and was married to an abusive man. At 42, Gloria got breast cancer and underwent chemotherapy and radiation but did not stop drinking. Now Gloria drinks and drives, misses work, and spends all her money on alcohol. Gloria’s family has had enough of her selfishness, and they’re ready for an intervention.

Original Air Date: August 2009
Interventionist:  Candy

Categories: Abusive Relationship, Addicted Parent, Alcohol, Candy, Death of Loved One, Medical Problem, Season 6, Traumatic Incident


6 Responses to “Episode 98: Gloria”

  1. Gloria’s father was an alcoholic. Just a suggestion to add the “addicted parent” to Gloria’s list of categories. So surprised that Gloria accepted help though (at first, reluctantly). And that she seems to still be sober as of today! 😀

    Posted by Timothy | November 2, 2015, 2:43 pm
  2. Heart wrenching and beautiful episode! She is one of my favorite personalities ever on the show. She was very tough but I was relieved she went into treatment and embraced sobriety so well. The transformation of her demeanor and attitude were remarkable. She looked so peaceful and full of hope. I am happy for her and hope she is still doing well today.

    Posted by Hector | December 4, 2017, 11:11 pm
  3. I’m glad this self-admitted “Angry Black Woman” is doing so well. This episode, along with Sandy, Bret and Cher, was one of the best examples of how booze brings out the worst in a person. I hope Gloria has been able to stay sober, work on her inner traumas, and make amends with all the people she hurt when she was drinking.

    Posted by Galusha | December 5, 2017, 7:52 am
  4. I love this episode. Her family was so loving, and they all seem like really intelligent and understanding people, including Gloria. I can’t imagine how hard it must be to quit drinking after 30 years. I really hope she’s still sober, she’s very insightful and smart so I think she’ll continue to have a successful recovery!

    Posted by Melanie | October 7, 2018, 4:47 pm
  5. I loved this episode! I’m so happy for Gloria. I really wish there was a more recent update. What a beautiful woman and a beautiful family. I wish them all nothing but the best.

    Posted by sads | December 8, 2018, 8:09 pm
  6. i loved gloria! loved the things she said, she had a way with words, loved her view on life (minus the alcohol, of course). she was no nonsense. i like that. her family was awesome, too! so glad she’s doing well 🙂

    Posted by Brooke | July 16, 2019, 12:11 am

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