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Episode 68: Allison

Season 4, Episode 19

Allison
Age: Mid-20’s
Location: Looks like New England, maybe Massachusettes?
Addiction: Inhalants (computer duster)
What’s Memorable: This one comes in 2nd as the most famous episode (after Cristy (Season 2), mostly due to the “I’m walkin on sunshine!” soundbite. 10 cans of duster a day is completely insane and she’s just out of it. I think what’s most shocking about this episode is that she survived this addiction.

Update: Allison continues to do really well in recovery. You can follow her on Twitter here. She’s an inspiration.

Legacy Update:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-jp3bgyUCo

Official synopsis: She was a pre-med student on her way to becoming a surgeon, but the trauma of being molested as a child and her parents’ brutal divorce haunted Allison. She started to inhale computer dust remover, which is potentially fatal with each breath. Her erratic behavior and absence from classes got Allison dropped from the pre-med program. Allison is currently inhaling up to ten cans of dust remover a day. Can interventionist Jeff help Allison and her family?

Original Air Date: August 2008
Interventionist: Jeff

Categories: Childhood Sexual Abuse, Inhalants, Jeff, Legacy Updates, Most Mentally Compromised Addicts, Most Unforgettable Episodes, Season 4

Discussion

22 Responses to “Episode 68: Allison”

  1. She’s in Rhode Island and has a twitter account & is clean & doing awesome it seems!

    Posted by Niki | August 12, 2014, 5:22 pm
    • Plus, she got her kitty cats back. Yay!!!!

      Posted by JenT | August 24, 2014, 7:22 pm
      • Yes!!! I’ve always wondered about that. That episode always makes me BAWL because that would be the one threat that would work with me, too. In an update she said something about how people would probably think that was weird, but I got it completely. I’m thrilled to hear she got them back!!!

        Posted by jen | March 22, 2015, 6:19 pm
  2. Seriously, she is alive?? I thought she walked right into the Sunshine!

    Posted by Felix | September 17, 2014, 9:06 am
  3. They just showed this one last night. I haven’t seen it since it first aired and is still just ask shocking. Especially when she says, “I don’t care if I sacrifice the life of anyone else. I need it now.” Glad to hear she is still sober and doing well.

    Posted by Sandra | October 15, 2014, 3:43 pm
  4. Definitely the most shocking. but this girl had personality plus. im so happy to hear shes doing well. how much of that stuff have u huffed today? Allison: your momma. lmao……..btw whoever u are im glad u have this directory. i can find out more from you about these addicts than i can on the a&e website. Im probably driving u nuts with all my comments. but please keep on doing it!

    Posted by Jeanine | December 30, 2014, 11:14 pm
  5. The town was Newport, RI.

    Posted by Tabatha | April 3, 2015, 10:24 pm
  6. I rewatched this episode for about the 10th time earlier and it stills hits home. The look of betrayal on her face as she’s led out of her room in cuffs is a look I know well. To go through such pain and come out on the other side a better person is so difficult, but Allison did it and it gives me hope for myself. I hope I can have the courage to get better from my trauma and addictions the way she did. I also want to give huge compliments to Allison’s younger sister for the way she confronted her during the intervention, and the way she comforted Allison during the removal of her cats and her being taken into custody. I know those things can’t have been easy, but it was necessary and doing it helped save her sister’s life. Just a great episode all around, one of the top 5 ever IMO.

    Posted by V | June 24, 2015, 4:49 am
  7. Saw this episode and im glad your doing fine..your a beautiful lady with aalot of life. .it’s great to see you smile. Laughing. Will b thinking about you. .all ways smile. .

    Posted by vince | August 16, 2015, 6:08 pm
  8. I felt bad for laughing a couple of times during this episode, but I also already knew that she accepted treatment and is a success story.

    When Jeff says “We’re gonna bust the cats.”

    “The popo?!”

    Happy to see Allison is doing well.

    https://www.facebook.com/allison.medeirosfogarty

    Posted by Jordy | March 31, 2016, 10:22 pm
  9. I follow her on Facebook and wow, what a true transformation. She posted this recently and it does give some insight on her journey as well as her past and the abuser. Which was a complete shock to me:

    https://singleandsober.com/the-long-and-winding-road-to-recovery/

    Posted by Janice | April 4, 2017, 2:06 am
  10. Allison appears to still be sober by according to her Facebook (which is public and verified) she cut off her entire family and has had to ask the public for help via a GoodFundMe page.she talks a lot about no one being there for her and not being able to count on her family. Some friends of her comment saying they try calling her and she doesn’t return calls or texts. She may not be using but she is certainly struggling.
    Links:
    https://www.gofundme.com/laid-off-no-insurance-rent-mds

    Posted by Wendy | May 15, 2017, 5:10 pm
    • I’ll start by saying this – I’m friendly with Allison. NO, she did not cut off her entire family. Not by a long shot. They have given her ZERO room for error in life, so anytime there is a life issue (like a broken car transmission or stress from her job) they immediately jump to conclusions and accuse her of using again. She had enough and decided to move forward with her life, with or without her family and they were welcome to join her as long as they dropped the stigma that goes hand in hand with mental health issues. She never decided to move on with her life without her family. She moved FORWARD. She is sober and doing okay and just trying to get through life like the rest of us, but her family needs to cut the bs and give her a second chance like they promised 10 years ago. Again, she had ENOUGH. Check out her twitter if you don’t believe me. You can see exactly what her mom said to her the other day. Not exactly the most accepting mother in the world. So please everybody stop thinking she cut people out of her life and that she is “struggling.” She hit a non-drug related rough patch and literally had nobody to turn to for help – so she realized she had to help herself and that’s just what she did.

      Posted by Alex | February 1, 2018, 8:55 pm
  11. Wow What an inspiration.. you are a REAL PERSON. MAN ARE YOU BEAUTIFUL AS WELL, SO GLAD YOU ARE STILL IN THE WORLD.

    Posted by Ray Morgan | May 15, 2017, 10:00 pm
  12. Allison is the addict I relate to the most (along w/Dallas I would say…) I checked her social media & am so glad to see she is still doing well.

    Posted by Halley | July 8, 2017, 8:56 pm
  13. allison celebrated 10 years of sobriety as of may 8 (i believe?), and is currently obtaining her PhD. woman deserves major props!!!

    Posted by Laura | June 6, 2018, 11:00 pm
  14. She was in Newport, Rhode Island. The cemetery was Island Cemetery on Warner Ave in Newport, also the cop states she would be taken to Newport Hospital

    Posted by Jaclyn Roberts | July 24, 2018, 2:15 pm
  15. I posted a comment here 3 years ago and wanted to do so again, since I’ve been thinking about Allison lately as I continue to struggle with my own issues. I know I and many other viewers are so proud of her for all the things she’s accomplished since her episode was filmed, and for being such a strong woman committed to using her experience to help others. There are so many times each week that I just want to give up, but thinking about what she has been through and how she worked hard to get better and continues to do so helps me feel able to hang on. I hope she knows what a gift she’s given to others in leading by example to become a healthier, more stable person and reclaiming her life free from addiction and getting help to heal from trauma. Thank you so much, Allison, for being who you are.

    Posted by V | September 7, 2018, 7:41 am

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