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Episode 80: Angelina

Season 5 Episode 11

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Angelina
Age: 25
Location: New Jersey
Addiction: Heroin, Xanax
What’s memorable:  The fact that she signed a DNR so that the next time she overdosed they wound’t save her. Her seemingly paranoid accusations against her mother than turned out to be pretty much true. The way her “recovering addict” mother sits with her when she’s high and makes her talk so that she knows she’s not dying of an overdose. How much guilt her mother feels. The amazing post-treatment transformation. She looks SO MUCH BETTER. It’s funny, you don’t even know how terrible these addicts look until you see them sober.

Official Synopsis: When Angelina was eight, her family grew apart over an argument about money. Her mother turned to prescription drugs and cocaine to deal with the stress. After graduating from high school, Angelina became her younger brother’s legal guardian, but she was overwhelmed by the job of taking care of her brother and addict mother. Angelina became addicted to OxyContin and spent her trust fund of $350,000 on the drug. Then Angelina turned to cheaper drugs and heroin to support her habit.

Original Air Date: February 2009

Interventionist: Candy

Categories: Addicted Parent, Benzodiazepines, Candy, Heroin, Season 5

Discussion

6 Responses to “Episode 80: Angelina”

  1. This one will always stay with me. The intervention had me bawling. The ones with close sibling relationships always get me. Angelina seemed so relieved and grateful to be getting help. Wishing her all the best.

    Posted by Kat | January 25, 2015, 6:41 pm
    • It’s incredible the transformation of her when she became sober both physically and personality wise. When she was an addict she really was a horrible person..making her mother strip naked over suspicion of her having 2 bags when she should have done a more thorough search for those 2 bags was really despicable and something I will always remember. When she was sober she seemed a lot more likable and looked much better.

      Posted by Jenna | April 11, 2015, 5:22 am
  2. Angelina was so very fortunate for her opportunity on this show my goodness she signed a DNR and was overdosing about 3 times a week? That’s shocking! I’m glad she got the help she desperately needed and deserved because her time was running out that’s for sure!

    Posted by kris | April 11, 2015, 10:38 pm
  3. Update on Angelina. Also she has recently married.

    https://youtu.be/Mq2aQQZFGVo

    Posted by Kimberly | August 31, 2015, 6:10 am
  4. This was a memorable episode and it was sad to see her overdose that many times and not wanna be saved because she signed a DNR. I wasn’t surprised her mom was also still dabbling into drugs while claiming to be sober. What’s even more sad is the way her sister was so distant towards her and how she and her family decided to walk away from that situation. You can see the anger and frustration in Angelina’s voice. What her family didn’t realize was it’s one thing not to have anything to do with the addict but why leave your teen siblings in that situation? My fiance’s mom is an addict, who is currently sober but growing up his family wanted nothing to do with her but “completely forgot” that he was still living at home with her. They basically left him to clean up that mess and not once called or came over to remove him from that situation. But a lot of children of addicts are in these situations. I’m very happy to see both her and her mom got the proper help they need.

    Posted by Janice | April 2, 2016, 4:38 pm
  5. Update – She is living the good life. She was married back in 2011, but it didn’t work out and she got divorced not too long after.

    She now has a new man in her life for the last 3-4 years and they have 2 children and live in a nice house. I’m so proud of her. She really turned her life around.

    Posted by Friend | March 23, 2017, 8:19 am

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