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Episode 53: Brooke

Brooke Season 4 episode 3

Brooke
Age: 26
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Addiction: Pain meds & muscle relaxers
What’s Memorable: Poor Brooke. Such a sad story. She’s in unbearable physical pain EVERYDAY and wants so badly for her family to understand that, and they just don’t. All they see is an addict that inconveniences them and requires too much attention. It’s hard to watch how horribly they treat her and how much emotional pain it causes her. The intervention, oy vey. I cried so hard.

Update: Brooke died on December 21, 2014 of an apparent overdose.  Our condolences to her family and loved ones. Read Obituary

Official synopsis: Brooke, 26, was a beautiful teenager with a magnetic personality. An elite gymnast on the cheerleading squad, she looked forward to a successful and athletic life. But tragedy struck in her senior year when she was crippled by Still’s disease, an early form of rheumatoid arthritis. Her doctors prescribed narcotics to ease her pain, but Brooke soon became addicted. Her heartbroken family has sought new treatments to help Brooke, but she denies she’s an addict. Now her family has turned in desperation to their last hope–an intervention.
Original Air Date: January 2008

Categories: Lortab, Medical Problem, Most Likeable Addicts, Most Powerful Episodes, Most Tragic Episodes, Most Unforgettable Episodes, Pain Meds, Season 4

Discussion

60 Responses to “Episode 53: Brooke”

  1. I can relate to what Brooke has gone through. I feel so bad for her. Every time I watch the episode with her, it just breaks my heart! I would love to get in touch with Brooke. I would love to talk to and meet her and sit and talk to her. She is still a beautiful woman and she deserves someone in her life that knows what she is going through!! If there is anyway I can get in touch with her. I would really love to do that!

    Posted by Rich Trujillo | May 31, 2014, 6:36 pm
    • I’m a chronic pain patient as well. I no longer can work and I was taking heavy narcotics too. I had an alcoholic mother who saw this as a great chance to deflect her problems and would tell anyone and call everyone and tell them what a druggie I am. I also had a sister who refused to understand that I am I pain every second and it’s no fun especially when you have two little boys. The only person who stood by me and understood was my wonderful husband. Watching Brooke’s episode, I cried so hard because I felt her pain and judgement. And I thought kicking get out of the wedding of her twin was mean! Those two girls were so jealous that their parents gave so much attention to their ill child they punished her . Mean girls all the way.

      Posted by Melissa | May 31, 2014, 10:49 pm
  2. I feel for Brooke…and anyone else going through something like this. I have chronic pain and also am on a pain management program which has been going on for 10+ years and it is a very hard thing to deal with. you want to be the person you once were and the person EVERYONE else thinks you should be but you physically are unable to do it. It’d be great if more people could understand that there is a difference between dependent and addicted. I hope Brooke was able to be understood by her family and also get the proper pain management to live a happy life.

    Posted by Michelle | May 31, 2014, 11:11 pm
  3. I have the exact same thing that Brooke has. I would love to talk with her and see how she’s doing. I know the struggles and the pain she lives with everyday. It’s hard for people to understand what your going through when their not sick. We can live a so called normal life, it just takes a little adapting to things differently and finding the right medications. I hope this message finds Brooke because I think we could help each other.

    Posted by AnaMaria | May 31, 2014, 11:13 pm
  4. Was Brooke ever diagnosed with Lyme disease ???Why was this never mentioned and where is the help for her?

    Posted by Tammy | December 20, 2014, 5:18 pm
  5. Brooke had been diagnosed with Lyme disease before she ever appeared on the show, but they said she refused to believe that diagnosis and continued to abuse her medications. As a chronic pain patient, suffering from Fibromyalgia, I understand how it feels. My whole family is always on my back about how much medication I take, even when they KNOW I have Fibromyalgia and that there is no cure for it! I am on one of the strongest opiate pain medications out there…..50mcg Fentanyl patches changed every 48 hours. It has helped, but the longer I am on it, the less it is helping. It’s hard to have any quality of life when there is no cure and the only thing doctors do is prescribe pain medications to mask the pain. Then we develop a tolerance to the levels of medications prescribed, causing doctors to either up the dosage or to take you off them completely and try something else. I’ve tried it all and the commercials for Fibromyalgia meds are totally misleading. Lyrica is NOT the wonder drug the commercial portrays it to be. I know what being a drug addict feels like because I am constantly on some type of narcotic pain med just to take the edge off and also so I don’t go into withdrawals. Coming off of Fentanyl is just like coming off of heroin…..you get sick, VERY SICK! I’m just tired of going through all of the pain and pain meds (I’m sure my insides aren’t looking very good) and have considered taking my own life more and more often lately. There is no cure for chronic pain sufferers and eventually they become dependent on these pain meds to get them through everyday life. I know I need medical help. I can’t do it on my own. I can’t trust myself with my own meds, so they are locked away and doled out by my parents. I have no self control when it comes to the pain, not to mention the high feels good to escape all these crap feelings for awhile. At least my doctor is supportive of my weaning off my meds and getting into some kind of drug rehab, but I’m not sure where I can go that they will be knowledgeable about Fibromyalgia, just like they said in Brooke’s episode, she can’t go to the same rehab center as a heroin addict. I don’t believe in “learning to live with the pain” either, because I don’t think it’s fair to make someone suffer when there are things that can help reduce pain to some degree. Living with a chronic pain condition is not easy. Life isn’t easy even when someone is well, but pain makes life 100 times harder to cope with.

    Posted by Shelby | December 20, 2014, 9:49 pm
    • She had both Lyme’s & rheumatoid arthritis. It’s quite obvious by looking at her hands that she definitely has RA. While treating the Lyme’s will cure it, it won’t have any impact on her RA.
      I’m sorry but you cannot compare the crippling pain of RA to fibromyalgia. They are not even close! Fentanyl for fibromyalgia?! Seriously?! I can understand your family’s concerns.
      I have both RA & multiple sclerosis. Unfortunately I’ve experienced horrible pain. Thankfully, I have an amazing neurologist & rheumatologist who’ve addressed & treated my pain. I’ve never had an issue getting support from my family. It breaks my heart that Brooke’s family are a selfish, vile, unsupportive bunch of assholes. Her father isn’t as horrible as her mother & sisters, but he needs to grow a backbone & stand up for his ill daughter!

      Posted by Elizabeth | December 21, 2014, 9:26 pm
    • I have fibro & autoimmune disease. I take no meds. I know those meds are not the answer. I deal with bad joint pain in my neck, back, knees everyday not to take away from the neuropathy in my hands, thighs & feet. I work as a critical care nurse on my feet 12 hours a day 3 days a week. Living with physical pain is entirely possible but there’s lots to be said about emotional pain. There are meds that help that are non additive like neurotin & cymbalta. And they absolutely DO work. Good luck. Just another perspective.

      Posted by Jo Po | May 13, 2015, 10:54 pm
      • I am glad that Neurontin and Cymbalta work for you. They are not miracle drugs and are not effective for everyone or all types of drugs. Cymbalta changes brain chemistry worse than opiates as well. I’ve been on both. Cymbalta put me in the hospital and neurontin did nothing. I’ve been on moderate dosages of opiates for 10 years now. There are always the ignorant people who say I must be addicted, but I’m under a GOOD pain specialist and we take me off of it at least 2x a year to break the tolerance for a month. It’s painful for that month, but is necessary. Before those medications, I was in bed for almost 2 years. I have EDS (previously diagnosed with fibro and other diseases – keep searching for a diagnosis if your doctor quickly jumped to this). My life was pointless. Due to the stupidity of those blindly against opiates, I refused to try them for those 2 years. I now work 3 jobs! If you are on ANY med and still spending all day in bed, that’s not the right medication, but if opiates makes you productive, why not take them? If you find something that helps you live life, don’t let anyone judge you into giving up your life. Opiates can be used without the patient becoming addicted. I’m living proof. It takes stringent controls and someone without an addictive personality. But to say you can live through the pain – you don’t know my pain. I was useless and have tried EVERYTHING before opioid medication. Thank God for them and my pain specialist. I finally have a life. I’m glad your pain is kept at bay with non-opioid meds, but I expect a nurse to have more knowledge about addiction verses dependence and the way the fear of opiates has led to so many being in agonizing pain and failing to have lives worth living. Rest in peace Brooke. If only pain control was understood better by all, especially the medical field.

        Posted by Lisa | October 8, 2015, 2:56 pm
  6. Brooke died Dec. 20th 2014. Causes are unknown at the time. Patsi and Dowe and the rest of our family need prayer right now, so if you could just pray for some healing no one should have to lose their child.

    Posted by Kyle | December 21, 2014, 4:27 pm
  7. Oh no – this breaks my heart. Her episode came on tonight, and I remembered the horribleness of her family. She died on my birthday. I hope she’s at rest, poor sweet thing.

    Posted by Peggi | December 22, 2014, 12:43 am
  8. Terribly sad news, indeed. Please respect her family’s privacy in this bleak time, so close to the holidays.
    http://www.muskogeephoenix.com/obituaries/brooke-renee-boulter/article_6421ed56-89a3-11e4-a81f-e701d236fb10.html

    Posted by Deadly_Sinner | December 22, 2014, 7:54 am
    • Thank you for posting this. I agree and I ask that everyone respect the family and their privacy right now. Some of the comments that have been posted in the last few days have been quite insensitive and I will not publish them. Remember, these are real people in a lot of pain, not fictional characters.

      Posted by Dizzy | December 22, 2014, 6:05 pm
  9. This absoultly breaks my heart

    Brooke Renee’ Boulter
    1981 – 2014

    Brooke Renee’ Boulter, 33, was born March 28, 1981 in Tulsa, OK to Dowe and Patty (Scott) Boulter and passed away Sunday, December 21, 2014 in Coweta, OK.

    Brooke grew up in Fort Gibson and was a cheerleader for Fort Gibson Schools. She graduated with the class of 2000 and attended college. After college, Brooke went to California and recently moved back to Coweta to be near her family. She spent her time volunteering and helping people. Brooke was a kind soul to everyone that knew her.

    Those left to cherish her memory are her parents Dowe and Patty Boulter of Fort Gibson, OK; brother, Scott Boulter and wife Brandie of Fort Gibson, OK; sisters, BreeAnn Rice of Coweta, OK, Brittany Flowers and husband Chadd of Palm Coast Florida; nieces and nephews; Brett Boulter, Braden Rice, Jaxon Rice, Bailey Boulter, Corbin Flowers, Savannah Flowers, grandmothers; Pat Boulter of Muskogee, OK and Dorothy Scott of Brookland, AR, aunts and uncles; Barry and Brenda Phillips and Keith and Anne Horn, cousins; Skylee, Josh, Laken, and Hayden Tinker, Keith, Mellissa, Maddie, and Macy Matlock, Kyle, April, Kaleb, and Kody Horn, Eric, Alicia, Emma, Sophie, Sloan and Harper Hadley, Brent, Jenny, Clark and Cole Phillips, Hunter and Lauren Phillips.

    Brooke was preceded in death by her grandfathers; Millard Scott and Bob Boulter.

    A visitation will be held Tuesday, December 23, 2014, with the family receiving friends from 11 AM to 1:30 PM at the Fort Gibson Church of Christ.

    A celebration of Brooke’s life will be held Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 2 PM in the Fort Gibson Church of Christ with Ministers Dan Rouse and Henry Petree officiating. Interment will follow at Citizens Cemetery in Fort Gibson with Larry Moore, Steve Stalcup, Kyle Horn, Steve Clinkenbeard, Hunter Phillips, Brent Phillips, Gary Dillahunty and Jim Dillahunty serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Budo Perry, Josh Tinker, Keith Matlock, Corbin Flowers, Braden Rice, Jaxon Rice and Brett Boulter.

    The family of Brooke Renee’ Boulter has entrusted her services and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home 1224 E Poplar Fort Gibson, OK 74434. 918-478-2555.

    Posted by Alicia | December 22, 2014, 1:24 pm
  10. So very sad for her family, especially at this time of year. Will take comfort knowing wherever she is, she is free of pain. Rip beautiful brooke!!!! :”'(

    Posted by crystal | December 23, 2014, 6:37 am
  11. I just watched this episode and wondered what ever happened. This is indeed sad news, I pray for the family that they have peace.

    Posted by sunshine3215 | December 24, 2014, 3:11 am
  12. Wow, she went from taking painkillers to crystal meth? I don’t understand, going from downers to speed sounds a bit strange. Poor Brooke, at least she’s not suffering anymore.

    Posted by snugs | December 28, 2014, 11:29 pm
    • It does sound strange, but where I live, I’ve seen it happen over and over and over again. Many pain pill addicts I knew also used meth – they’d switch back and forth, and meth was actually their “primary addiction”. Some meth addicts I met had originally started out on pain pills. At the Suboxone clinic I attend, a good majority of them are self-admitted meth addicts. And many of them have been off pain pills for even years, yet still use meth.

      For me, it’s also personally strange, because I have ADHD. Amphetamines do not give me a powerful feeling of euphoria that others have described when taking any of them, including the same prescribed dose of Adderall (levo/dextroamphetamine) that I have been on. I can’t say I’ve ever done meth, though, and it’s one of the few drugs I haven’t tried. I never had any interest in trying it, and I definitely don’t now. But it’s surprising how often meth addiction and pain pill addictions overlap, at least in my state (Arkansas).

      Posted by Alex | November 14, 2015, 11:12 pm
  13. Heartbreaking, I know how it feels to be in constant pain and to want so bad for it to stop and to get your old life back. Accepting that will never happen was the hardest thing & took years of counseling. The only thing that kept me from going down the same path that Brooke did was watching my stepmother die in her 50’s from liver failure after 10 years of combining alcohol and pain meds in an attempt to get relief.
    Rest in Peace Brooke, I hope you are running, jumping, and cartwheeling your way around Heaven.

    Posted by TeeJay | December 29, 2014, 2:27 pm
  14. R.I.P. Brooke you were a beautiful person w a beautiful soul….I Will Miss U Dearly Friend…

    Posted by angie | December 30, 2014, 3:47 pm
  15. Whatever her diagnosis the painkillers grab some folks and wont let them go. Maybe meth was the last hurrah for Brooke but the oxy was the gateway. I hope at some point people pull the bull and put the truth in the obits so it will inform and help others.

    Posted by Phil jones | December 30, 2014, 9:44 pm
  16. She overdosed on “meth”? Surely this means methadone rather than methamphetamines? That would make MUCH more sense.

    Posted by Shannon | December 31, 2014, 9:17 am
    • No, her sister commented on the Post-Intervention Deaths page and said that she turned to meth when the pills stopped working. So sad 🙁

      Posted by Samantha | January 1, 2015, 7:09 am
      • Actually many opiate users after a long life of using start combining uppers to help them function better & it does improve the high but can be much more toxic & dangerous. Also in the episode her family was complaining about her being so lopped or piled out so maybe she was using meth to straighten herself out so not to look as high. Who knows and pain sucks and I would do any thing to stop it and sometimes people may not understand.

        I will say I don’t judge having chronic pain but I will also say that there may be alternative treatments and that long term opiate use makes your body become very sensitive and when you stop the pain is horrible from back, legs, joints, etc. everything hurts, cuz your body’s nerves grow becoming much more sensitive as you need to know if you put your hand on a hot stove right away and after stopping it may take 6 months before much or all of that pain goes away and they can determine your level of pain and then treat you accordingly.

        Now as a former addict when i had real pain I was willing to explore every diagnosis and every treatment even when Drs just wanted to give me pain meds, including acupuncture since I wanted to live pain free. & guess what that worked better than anything, they stopped the pain completely and it didn’t come back & when I stopped the pain meds I couldn’t sleep so they did a sleep acupuncture and I went from 1 hr of sleep a night to 12 hrs of sleep the day I had the procedure without taking ANY MEDS. but even with this treatment and recovery were very hard with many relapses before I said enough is enough. I don’t know where the meds stopped being used for pain and started as a way to escape reality and get high. Unfortunately each addict has to determine when they want to change their life and enough is enough and I don’t judge people in pain (or try not too) but this is hard since I’ve watched many people use the pain excuse to continue taking meds and I know when I ran out pain was horrible along with withdrawals but when I was at the pharmacy 10 mins from getting my meds all those things went away and I could only think about those meds.

        AS A ADDICT YOUR MIND IS POWER AND PLAYS TRICKS ON YOU TELLING YOU THAT YOU NEED PAIN MEDS AND IT MAKES YOU FEEL SYMPTOMS AND AILMENTS TO GET THE DRUGS IT WANTS AND THIS TAKES A LONG TIME TO GET THROUGH THIS SO HAVING A ACTIVE SUPPORT GROUP SO WHEN IT HAPPENS AGAIN FARTHER DOWN THE ROAD OR MANY YEARS LATER YOU HAVE PEOPLE TO HELP AND SUPPORT YOU SINCE THERE ARE MANY TRIGGERS THAT CAN BRING THESE CRAVINGS ON EVEN MANY YEARS LATER.

        RIP BROOKE

        Posted by Rick | April 17, 2015, 9:42 pm
  17. Brooke was so beautiful and I really wanted to see her succeed, but her body was just in so much pain that she had to find a way to stop it. I will pray for her sweet father and for her sisters, who no doubt feel great guilt.

    Posted by Paul | January 5, 2015, 11:51 am
  18. Well said Amanda. I couldn’t agree more, this was a hard one to watch again. I wish I would have had her as a sister, I would have had her stand up with me at my wedding.

    Posted by SBG | January 9, 2015, 10:49 am
    • Now why would my comment be awaiting moderation? I was just replying to amanda’s post. What is the difference between her Dec 20 post and my post? Imwould really like an explanation please.

      Posted by SBG | January 9, 2015, 5:00 pm
      • All comments are held in moderation until I approve them. It’s nothing personal. And this idea that I owe anyone an explanation for what gets published and what doesn’t? Well, I just don’t. Intervention Directory is the product of literally hundreds of hours of my life – needless to say, what happens here matters a whole lot more to me than it does to you. I am thoroughly invested in this website and comments make up a good half of the content here. I’m the one who has to deal with the repercussions of critical comments, not you. I publish comments I disagree with all the time, it’s not about that. I have the right to not publish those that do not abide by my comment policy. The interpretation of what abides by my policy is up to me. If you want an Intervention discussion forum with no rules and no moderation, please make one.

        Posted by dizzy | January 10, 2015, 6:33 pm
      • Dear Dizzy
        I stumbled upon your website after watching hours of A&E intervention. I can’t find Brooke’s episode but reading the comments about her here has made me feel such compassion and empathy for her story and the painful loss of her life.
        I would not know her story if it was not for your hard work on this website. I just wanted to say thank you for all you do, giving others insight and following up on the episode. God bless you and please know it is greatly appreciated.
        Love & Peace to you and to all those going through their own struggles with addiction.

        Posted by ms White | April 19, 2015, 2:00 pm
  19. I am in no position to judge only to offer my love and sincere condolences . I just lost my baby sister , only 37 , in August to Cancer but her and I both had and have severe pain related issues . We both went off the tracks . It is all too easy . But nobody deserves chronic pain or illness .
    I am so sorry to the entire family . I will keep you in my prayers and not forget Brooke . Brooke I am so sad you did not win the battle . I am glad you are no longer in any form of pain but am pained by at how you escaped it . Love to this family . May you heal and know her life touched many .

    Posted by marcy lily | January 14, 2015, 8:51 am
  20. Brooke had so much going for her. Chronic pain from on-going illnesses destroyed her path early.

    I live with Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis, I am fortunate in my eyes to be allergic to opioid pain relievers. I have a sister who takes all of that stuff. She is a shell of who she once was.

    I feel horrible mostly for her dad because he really seemed to be on her side. I was shocked at the behavior of her sisters on camera. Removing her from a wedding party, a family event, making her feel like a bad person. I understand taking a hard line with Brooke, but do that after the intervention failed. Not on camera.

    She needed medical help a long time ago. I wish she had survived this addiction. I hope they revisit this with an update, maybe it will bring addiction to pain meds more to light. Let Brooke’s story help someone else out.

    Posted by Trace | January 16, 2015, 10:40 pm
  21. I saw the episode about Brooke and my heart broke for her. I, myself, am a chronic pain patient. I hate to say this, but, had she been able to continue controlling her pain with pain management, but being monitored closer, she would likely still be here. I’m sure that following her treatment, she was not allowed any affective medications to treat the very obvious pain she dealt with. In my opinion, it’s likely she turned to illegal, and much harsher drugs to attempt to dull the pain that she was suffering. Sadly, now that PRESCRIPTION medications have become such a great focus by our government , I have read that many people who cannot receive proper, prescribed medications, turn to street drugs. I feel very sorry for her sweet soul. May she finally be free from pain and at peace.

    Posted by D | January 17, 2015, 11:38 am
  22. Rest in peace honey.

    Posted by Jerry | March 15, 2015, 8:21 pm
  23. Im watching this episode right now. So very sad how her family is treating her. Im sure it’s tough love, but it’s absolutely heartbreaking. Well now she isn’t in pain anymore.

    Posted by Lesslie Diepenbrock | April 7, 2015, 9:32 pm
  24. I lived in Tulsa in 1987 and was bitten by a deer tick at Lake Tenkiller (a few miles from Brooke’s home in Ft. Gibson), resulting in decades of doctors arguing over what was wrong; I know the diagnosis of Lyme Disease 4 years after the bite and the subsequent illness is the correct one. I went through ‘treatment’ for Lyme Disease, but it didn’t help – at all; maybe if I had been put on the anti-biotics for more than a week it would have been more helpful.

    I currently take pain meds (NEVER abuse them, ever), and HATE having to; but if I didn’t, I know that my quality of life and the suffering would overwhelm my will to live. I saw my pain dr. 2 weeks ago, and he is doubting my pain, saying there is NO Lyme Disease or Fibromyalgia, and has ordered me to have extensive testing; when your doctor stops believing in you, it’s time to find a new one.

    Watching Brooke’s story made me cry, touched me in no way any other Intervention episode has; she was NEVER a ‘drug addict’ in any way, she was just trying to get out of the pain. And many people here can relate to her and her painful story. I never try to be mean, I only try to tell the truth; as I see it, her “family” WAS cold to her by shunning and shutting her out of their lives because she was shameful or embarrassing or inconvenient to them. I’m not saying they should have supported her abuse of the meds, but they were mean to have discluded her from births and marriages; this only pushed her further over that precipice. They are just the types of people that gave me reasons to move back West with my children; I wanted them to grow up near others who have empathy and are not judgmental to others. Watching Brooke’s story reminded me of people like them; if you don’t have something to offer THEM to make THEIR lives better, you don’t matter to them. And that ‘Southern Hospitality’ you hear about? Don’t believe all you hear! I had doors slammed in my face countless times out there; after coming back West, they hold it open for me – go figure! Like I wrote, if you don’t have something to offer them, you mean nothing to them! Cold, but true.

    Posted by Cheryl | April 8, 2015, 5:54 pm
  25. I just found out about brooke today. I cried a lot today. Can’t believe this happened to her. I have ms and understand what she was going through. People that don’t live with chronic pain don’t understand what it’s like. Rest in paradise beautiful brooke,you are in my prayers, I will never forget you. ;(

    Posted by nita | April 8, 2015, 6:58 pm
  26. i just recently discovered this show. While recovering from number 20+ operation. Brooke’s story touched my heart instantly. I cried with her and prayed, then found out about her passing. My heart is broken for her and her family. I watched her take excruciating steps and at that moment, connected with her. As did millions that understood what she was feeling, living with and without. I have so much I want to say, not of anger or hatred, just you can have feelings for someone, a family you have never met. My heart goes out to everyone touched by her passing. You reached so many lives dear Brooke and your family. God bless you all and continue to comfort and hold you. :*(

    Posted by janice | April 8, 2015, 10:06 pm
  27. I’ve been watching Intervention for years now and a few episodes have stayed with me. Brooke’s story was one. I personally learned a lot and think Brooke was incredibly kind and loving. It hurts my heart to know she’s gone, but I cannot lie and say I’m not grateful her pain is over. It’s easy to place blame on what was shown on tv with her family and especially the wedding. However, Brooke took it in stride and still showed up. That is what should be remembered, through her personal struggles just to face every day, she still tried and that’s a beautiful testament to those out there dealing with chronic pain. Brooke’s story does not end because she is no longer among us, but will continue because she was brave enough to share it.

    Posted by Sarah | April 20, 2015, 5:15 am
  28. I watched the Brooke intervention quite a while ago and just watched it again yesterday and was shocked when someone told me that she passed away..What an absolutely beautiful young woman she was. I felt so bad for her pain and suffering and the fact that she did not have a a lot of support. I have two sisters and they would support me until the day I die sick or not. The part on the video where she mentioned about her dreams of being a Dallas Cheerleader and then had that little smirk on her face really broke my heart…may God bless and keep her safe and pain free in Heaven…RIP dear Brooke…

    Posted by Kelly Marcil | April 27, 2015, 4:58 pm
  29. Beautiful Brooke… I had no idea until just now. I also suffer from chronic pain. My family thinks that I’m exaggerating it, but I’m not. And I know that you weren’t. Your intervention was one of my favorites. R.I.P. beautiful angel…

    Posted by Kimberly | August 30, 2015, 10:27 am
  30. I just read about this and my heart bleeds for Brooke’s loved ones. I really thought she would make it. I can relate to her story (the pain killer addiction, not the chronic pain). I often find myself asking God why some of us make it and why some of us don’t. We are only finite, however, God is infinite in His wisdom.
    My heart goes out to Brooke’s loved ones.

    Posted by Dannette Davis | September 23, 2015, 9:45 pm
  31. ? Was this the episode where they her a physical and agreed she in fact did NOT need all those meds for her pain and they weaned her off them. I was sure the ending was she in dif meds or more appropriate meds. At first I thought her family were insensitive jerks but then when the new doctors did an eval they came to the conclusion she did not in fact need all those meds and that she was exaggerating.

    Posted by noyb | November 5, 2015, 4:32 pm
    • She was diagnosed with lymes disease, as well as rheumatoid arthritis. If you know anything about those diseases, you would never say she was exaggerating her pain. The dr said she was NOT an addict, she was simply taking her prescribed meds and trying to find some kind of relief. Her family didn’t really understand how serious her illnesses were. At least not the mother, and sisters. I have researched what you said in your comment, and I’m unable to find anything of the sort. Only confirmation of her diseases and her pain being very real. I live with rheumatoid arthritis myself, and I can tell you first hand it is no joke. 4 hours or longer just to be able to get out of bed each day because the pain, stiffness, and swelling of the joints make it difficult to walk. Some days I can’t walk at all and I have to be carried to the bathroom etc. It’s a serious condition.

      Posted by Sondra Cherry | March 16, 2017, 9:37 am
  32. I remember this episode. I always had a lot of thoughts on it, because I have chronic pain (osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia, though I think the fibromyalgia diagnosis has been a misdiagnosis – I think being an addict made me ignore many of the other symptoms I was having, or took away the pain of them. There have been some that I mistakenly attributed to the medication instead. It’s a complicated issue.) Problem was, I was also addicted to pain medication. I became addicted before the chronic pain started, at only sixteen years old, when a doctor prescribed oxycodone to me getting my wisdom teeth removed. Before then, I had never even smoked marijuana, or a cigarette. Things are a lot different now. The chronic pain did make my addiction a lot worse, though, absolutely.

    I never was sure what to make of this episode. It was very clear she had real pain, but it was hard to tell whether she also had an addiction, or if her medication was just being improperly managed. I watched this episode several times, and the whole situation was just a mess. I won’t make any comments about her family because of her passing, even though that was a year ago now, it still feels rather insensitive.

    I can say that it is misery having legitimate pain but being unable to take pain medications due to an addiction. It’s also misery because you can’t get any support, even in communities for chronic pain. Or, at least, that’s been my experience. People in chronic pain communities would make negative, nasty comments to me, telling me that if I had chronic pain, it was “impossible” to get high on pain medication, so therefore, I must not have real chronic pain. I remember when I was using, I started to think I was simply delusional, and I was just merely an addict. But after quitting for two years (using Suboxone), the pain is still present, and it’s still very real. A lot of people think of things in an “either/or” type of fashion. People can have legitimate chronic pain but also be addicts. Maybe that’s changed now.

    It is truly heartbreaking to learn of her death. I’m not sure what to say about it, but it makes me very sad.

    Posted by Alex | November 14, 2015, 11:33 pm
  33. Where can i watch this cant find anywhere online, I’m not in USA

    Posted by scot | January 5, 2016, 4:48 am
  34. I remember watching Brooke’s intervention and just bawling during the family confrontation stage. Then I saw an update where she had gained weight and looked so much healthier and happier and felt that there was hope for her. Now to find out that she passed away is just so heartbreaking. I am so sorry for her and her family and friends. I hope that she is now at peace and I pray that all those who loved her know that her story can be an inspiration to others to get help and stay clean. So sad to hear of this… 🙁

    Posted by Nicole S. | January 7, 2016, 3:58 am
    • Hi Shelby. I too am a chronic pain patient with a dependency on my medication just to get out of bed – and I rarely do that. I am mostly bedbound. I wonder sometimes whether I am more disabled by my spinal disease or from the effects of the medication (in my case, morphine). I would like to detox off of my meds and see if my pain can be managed any other way. I want my old life and self back. I too consider suicide as my situation seems so hopeless. I just want you to know that you aren’t alone in the way that you feel. Brooke’s funeral was today. Let’s not add to the tragedy and make a pact to not give up. My name is Cathy. I live in Kansas, and you can email me at Cathleen861@yahoo.com if you ever want someone to talk to. I will keep you in my thoughts. Take care.

      Posted by Cathy Veitch Williams | December 24, 2014, 1:23 am
  35. I was just cleaning out a drawer and came across a piece of paper that I had printed out on Brookes story so I looked it up again and saw that she had died I’m so sad I have RA and about 13 years ago I was bad , I suffered with ra for 8 years of being misdiagnosed I laid in bed my family worried I was taking so much pain medication and prednisone it’s an awful awful feeling not to be able to get away from your pain and I felt that in Brookes I’m so sorry for your loss she was a beautiful person and when I watched that episode it reminded me of me how I use to walk I am in remission now and very grateful for the doctors at UCSF that made major breakthroughs. My thoughts and prayers are with the family

    Posted by Mary Rose | March 20, 2016, 11:59 am
  36. I cried several times tonight watching her episode. I feel that yes, the sisters were horrible. However playing Devils Advocate, they did the intervention at very important times in the other sisters lives so she was in fact a burden to them at that moment. She really broke my heart because I didnt see an addict at first, I saw a girl in pain. The cutting her out I can see was to bring her bottom to her faster, I get it. But that poor girl. I just am left with the why meth??? She died from meth right? So something went way wrong later. I just feel so bad for the girl…

    Posted by Rebecca | July 4, 2016, 1:00 am
  37. Thanks to Hulu and Amazon I think I’ve now seen all the shows up to now and she and Hubert have remained the most special and loving hearted.

    At the end they say she admitted having an addiction but also that she received treatment for Lyme and RA, AND… had a knee replacement which iimproved her mobility. Someone else here noticed her hands… Imagine a young formerly vibrant woman her age needing knee replacement and having other damaged joints as well… I would guess it wasn’t feasible to replace all the joints irreversibly damaged by RA so priority was given to keep her out of a wheelchair. Sad that sibling rivalry added to her suffering, – a woman with a less generous heart woman would have spitefully stayed home from the wedding or tried to sabotage it; look at so many of the others featured on this show who continuosly verbally and emotionally abuse loved ones – not once did she ever act hurtfully towards her family. I think in this case her dad standing up for her was the right thing to do and every time I watch this episode I want to stand up and cheer for him. So heartbreaking about her passing and that it was brought on by meth – I only hope it happened very early on and she left this world unburdened by emotional and physical pain. May she rest in peace.

    Posted by Renee | September 9, 2016, 10:29 pm
  38. I too have RA and as I watch this show some years ago I could feel her pain . As she crossed the street , you have to tell your brain it’s okay to step up on the crub. RA pain is real!

    Posted by Mary rose | March 19, 2017, 8:14 am

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