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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

32 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
  16. Allison has been through so much, not only in her history/trauma and drug addiction, but also with bullying, people misjudging her, and family issues in her sobriety. A strong woman for sure.

    Posted by Halley | November 11, 2018, 9:08 pm
  17. i’m so glad she’s doing better. she seems so sweet now. but during the show i found her very weird. she always had this bizarre tortured look on her face. and she i’m sure really was tortured, but overall, i found her very odd and strange in general. here’s her most recent FB. i don’t know if she got remarried as her last name is smith now and it looks like, from comments above, that it used to be medeiros fogarty? https://www.facebook.com/allison.Marie149

    Posted by Brooke | June 29, 2019, 4:49 am
    • Brooke, the “odd and strange behavior” was obviously because of the drug addiction she had during the filming of the episode. Same for the “bizarre and tortured look”. Not really sure why I have to point that out to you but perhaps your unfamiliar with how substance abuse and extreme trauma (especially when intertwined) affect people until they start getting better. Going forward keep this mind and remember no one thinks they will grow up to be an addict.

      Posted by ZoeCruz | December 12, 2019, 2:24 pm
  18. Allison is still a struggling mess. Very thin, posting about becoming homeless with sick cats on yet ANOTHER GoFundMe to pay the rent on her apartment, that she does not share with a roommate, in an expensive area. Allison is not working. She is also now claiming to be an agoraphobic and cannot leave her apartment to go to the food bank. She spent the holidays posting on her new Facebook page “inner source solutions” how her family has all turn their backs and won’t help her avoid homelessness. Every few month like clockwork, Allison is posting a new GoFundMe with the hopes on enlisting financial help from strangers so as she doesn’t have to do any of the necessary leg work in order to benefit her situation.

    Posted by Kenneth | January 12, 2020, 10:47 am
    • Hi Kenneth! Thanks for the update. I checked out her facebook and all I can say is WOW! Unbelievable. People are calling her out on there too. She managed to get her goal for the rent plus a few extra bucks. All of those who are donating are only just enabling her,

      I just about died when I saw the first post on there, She wants someone to buy her the litter box for her cat and included the link on where to buy it.

      Unbelievable.

      BTW, she does look very skinny. I think she would benefit from getting some mental help (seriously). She has issues and obviously can’t handle them too well.

      I’m sorry to see her the way she is now. Did she just relapse because I see she got her 11 year coin back in May?

      Posted by Kitty Katt | January 14, 2020, 10:26 am
      • I don’t think she’s using duster again but she might be starving herself. If you rewatch the episode at the beginning it states that she’s struggled with annorexia and self harm. I hope she gets help soon because she seems to be the recluse she once was. I feel so bad for her. I hope she’s able to get back on her feet.

        Posted by Andy | January 17, 2020, 12:55 pm
  19. Why are you weirdos stalking these people on social media. Seems pretty intrusive.

    Posted by Greg | January 21, 2020, 6:44 pm
  20. From her Go Fund Me page (https://www.gofundme.com/f/39w85y-emergency):

    Good morning, all. I am ashamed that once again in the gap of switching jobs I haven’t been able to purchase food, (some lovely people got the kittens some food, thank you!), rent, and kitten care. So far i have put aside a chunk of the money, but in finding out this morning one of the kittens needs some dental surgery! I can’t begin to tell you my embarrassment to keep reaching out, but I am trying my hardest to land this new job so I can never bother you hard-working-folks again. I have such gratitude for those that have helped me over the years and believe me, if I didn’t have $0.60 in my account, I would never put up this ad, but just THANK YOU. My level of gratitude is beyond humongous. Please help little kitten and the rest goes to my rent. I cannot thank you all enough.

    Indeed, as someone referred to, one of the notes is “Would anyone be able to get my kitten’s litter box on chewy.com???” Another is “EMERGENCY: tomorrow is rent day and I am $1000 short despite having 2 jobs. Please help me.”

    Her Linkedin profile shows that she has many, many jobs that only lasted a few months: https://www.linkedin.com/in/allison-fogarty-58727789

    Posted by Melissa | April 3, 2020, 4:47 pm
  21. Allison has two children. At the time she wrote this, she had regained custody and they had lived with her for 7 years.

    https://singleandsober.com/the-challenges-and-rewards-of-dating-a-normie/

    The episode left out a lot of information about Allison’s childhood. Anytime they refer to “alleged” abuse I assume it’s because the perpetrator has threatened legal action. The vast majority of the time, they just state that the person was sexually assaulted.

    “As a child I grew up in an abusive household: emotional, physical, and sexual, with the predator still living in our house. At the time we lived in Saudi Arabia, where the women and children must have the husband’s permission to leave the country. We were held hostage, as the abuser was the male head of the household. We finally returned to my home state of Rhode Island where the battle continued. I had to testify in court on seeing a sister of mine being molested when I was 6, and when the court case came to an end, the abuser was awarded supervised visitation; the supervisors being his parents…When that visitation first began (age 9) every time I would eat I would get physically ill, yet this only happened every other weekend during the visitation.”

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

    Posted by Melissa | April 3, 2020, 5:04 pm
  22. Podcast with Allison + transcript of highlights
    https://www.inspiremalibu.com/podcast/allison-fogarty-on-overcoming-inhalants/

    Posted by Melissa | April 5, 2020, 8:38 pm

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