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Episode 75: Janet

Season 5 Episode 3

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Janet
Age: 40’s
Location: near Portland, Oregon
Addiction: Alcohol, sex
What’s Memorable: A gallon of wine a day! The glamorous drug dealing life she had before, the crusty old boyfriend, what a hot crying mess she is ALL THE TIME, and the amazing followup.

Official synopsis: At age 6, Janet was molested. She was also bullied by other kids, making her extremely self-conscious about her looks. At 18, she married a drug dealer who made her rich, but her husband was sent to prison, leaving her alone with two sons. She turned to drugs and alcohol, and had multiple affairs. Her husband discovered one of her affairs and divorced her. Janet remarried and had two more children, but she missed her old luxurious lifestyle and began drinking heavily. Now she frequently passes out, threatens suicide, and puts herself in life-threatening situations.

Original Air Date: December 2008
Interventionist:  Ken

Categories: Alcohol, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Ken, Season 5, Sex, Traumatic Incident

Discussion

19 Responses to “Episode 75: Janet”

  1. Hi! Do you have an update on Janet? Episode 75 I believe. Thank you so much!

    Posted by Beth | April 19, 2015, 6:35 pm
  2. I’d love to know how Janet is doing. I saw the episode on its original air date backin 2009 and just saw it again. I hope she’s still doing well.

    Posted by Kimmy | April 13, 2016, 10:39 am
  3. I am also really interested in an update. There doesn’t seem to be any information out there right now. She was one of my favorites. Hope she is doing well.

    Posted by Margaret Hartmann | April 22, 2016, 10:23 am
  4. Jan seemed to have the most loving family!

    Posted by Jen | July 29, 2016, 1:31 pm
  5. Watching this episode, I cant help but notice that at every attempt her family made to get her to quit drinking, they all had a beer in their hand?…While I believe they all love her and wanted her to get well, they didn’t really do much to support their cause…her son literally sat his 40 on the ground to pour out her wine…uh what?

    Posted by Gina | August 15, 2016, 3:39 pm
    • I hear what you’re saying, but the family manages to maintain their lives even when they drink than Janet does. They do the things they need for daily life (working, etc). I didn’t see her sisters drinking either. Meanwhile, Janet’s drunk and showing off her chest to senior citizen guys, among other activities. I don’t mean to be harsh. Who knows…maybe they have cut down/cut off their drinking as a result of their mom getting help.

      Posted by Sudie | April 28, 2020, 12:21 pm
  6. Someone please! Let us have an update!!

    Posted by Vickie Campbell | January 6, 2017, 3:59 pm
  7. Lord please let this be the year we get an update

    Posted by Margaret Hartmann | January 17, 2018, 9:56 am
  8. I’d really love an update as well. Especially re the kids. Such lovely people, beautiful souls.

    Posted by Greg | June 17, 2018, 7:26 pm
  9. Me too. If anyone knows how the family is doing, please do let us know.

    Posted by Jacey | August 10, 2018, 11:32 am
  10. The little girl at the beginning (Janet’s daughter) is the sweetest, most earnest kid ever. I hope she (and Janet!) are doing well!!

    Posted by Cats! | September 14, 2019, 10:53 pm
    • Yes!! I loved christina! Such a smart and cute little girl. I wanted so bad to hug her when she said she related with the baby birds alone in the nest, because her mama wasn’t there to take care of her too.
      Johnny and Sarah visibly ressented their mom too. and Thomas, omg how Thomas nedded a mom and how hurt he was about the whole situation.
      I hope from the bottom of my heart Janet found her way back to her family.

      Posted by Camilla | June 10, 2020, 9:57 am
  11. Love to know how this lady turned out

    Posted by Julie Ballantyne | October 18, 2019, 1:45 pm
  12. This episode annoyed me, she seemed so self absorbed. She was more upset about loosing all her money and comfy lifestyle than loosing her children! The older daughter didn’t even seemed to know her. Her two boys are a blessing they’ve got their heads screwed on. And not the time to laugh but the old boyfriend was funny he didn’t seemed to know what was going on lol. BUT wheeew the ending.. she was a completely different person! The voice, the way she carries herself, her focus back on the children.. hope she stays sober and healthy

    Posted by Michaela | December 22, 2019, 10:35 am
  13. « I don’t like you! »
    No joke, I hope she and her kids are doing well. and Russ.

    Posted by Marie-Claire Pinet | May 13, 2020, 9:45 pm
  14. Did she get back together with Russ?

    Posted by Sudie | June 10, 2020, 8:02 am
  15. I’d love an update on Janet too! I really feel her episode for some reason. Her transformation at the end was SO dramatic. Her sweet kids were just amazing. All that love, it gets me every time. I hope they’re all doing really well!

    Posted by Marie | September 13, 2020, 4:22 pm

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