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Episode 80: Angelina

Season 5 Episode 11


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


16 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.


    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
  6. This episode always stuck with me. The intervention with the family had me in tears. The fact that she signed a DNR at such a young age broke my friggen heart. I am so happy and relieved to hear that she maintained her recovery and built herself an amazing life.

    Posted by Tricia B | August 8, 2018, 12:56 pm
  7. This is excellent news!!! I want Angelina to emerge triumphant!

    Posted by Alice Schmid | November 9, 2018, 6:30 pm
  8. I do not get why Angelina’s sister got off the hook so cleanly. Why was Angelina appointed Bud’s guardian, when their older sister was married and had a stable home? That makes no sense.

    Posted by Alice Schmid | November 9, 2018, 6:33 pm
  9. The more I think about that, the angrier I get. How could the sister just turn her back on her responsibilities? What happened to being FAMILY? I don’t even care if her husband was against it —— you have to step up and take care of each other. Think of the pain that could have been avoided.

    I will never understand people behaving so selfishly.

    Posted by Alice Schmid | November 9, 2018, 6:51 pm
    • i agree, the sister is a piece of work!!! she completely ditches her two innocent younger siblings. she took off and let her barely an adult sister have custody and raise their minor brother WTH! i can understand putting boundaries in place with the mother, but how is having your two innocent siblings that desperately need you in your life bad? and if the husband doesn’t like it – TOUGH! she just had a baby but is managing having them in her life now but now almost everyone is addicted. unbelievable!

      Posted by Brooke | June 26, 2019, 5:18 pm
  10. Can’t believe that no one has commented on that terribly awful & awkward scene of the fight between mom and daughter. Made her mother strip completely in front of cameramen and a “friend” of hers! One of thee most sickening scenes ever

    Posted by Liss | August 18, 2019, 7:42 pm
  11. I’m always surprised this episode doesn’t generate more comments. To me, it was ghastly. I’m glad everyone came out of it okay, it it was one of the most shocking, for sure.

    Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2019, 3:00 am
  12. She was so sick with this disease. I honestly think that death was impending. Glad she is recovering well, one day at a time. She had that insane urgency to shoot the drugs that I have seen too often: licking blood, little sterility, bruises. Much love to her.

    Posted by Chris | September 18, 2019, 6:18 am
  13. oh im mid episode and im so happy to hear this

    Posted by God’s girl Harlem | October 21, 2019, 7:40 pm
  14. Na this episode was absolutely horrible.. that scene fighting with her mom was one of the worst situations I’ve watched on this show. Just shows how much the drugs take over you, the lengths you will go to for that high. Awful awful awful. Plus I know money isn’t everything but wow the amount she had, her drive and how clever she was she really could of gone far. She looked amazing at the end, I hope she’s doing much better now.

    Posted by Michaela | December 24, 2019, 6:40 am

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