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Episode 48: Pam

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Pam
Age: 49
Location: Don’t remember
Addiction: Alcohol
What’s memorable: How needy and depressed and downright annoying she gets when she’s drunk, the childhood abuse that still haunts her everyday and that she is obviously self-medicating to deal with.

Official Synopsis: Pam is a 49-year-old alcoholic who has suffered a string of abusive, failed marriages and horrific molestation as a child. Drinking is her only way to cope. Her frightened family has already lost one sibling to cirrhosis of the liver. Their greatest fear is that Pam will fall to the same fate unless an intervention can save her life.
Original Air Date: August 2007

Categories: Abusive Relationship, Alcohol, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Death of Loved One, Most Powerful Episodes, Season 3

Discussion

9 Responses to “Episode 48: Pam”

  1. Follow up info on Pam:

    Pam accepted treatment and became sober as of July 2007. One of Pam’s nieces posted on the Intervention forum on televisionwithoutpity.com in July 2008 and said that Pam was approaching one year sober and is now engaged to marry Marvin.

    Also, there is a follow up video here:
    http://www.aetv.com/intervention/video/follow-up-pam

    We all wish you good luck and success on your road to recovery, Pam!

    Posted by Voltaria | February 17, 2015, 6:13 pm
  2. I bet Pam is a wonderful and insightful person under all that alcohol. Good job getting sober and living a happy life! You are worth it!!

    Posted by Sarah Thomas | May 8, 2015, 5:53 pm
  3. Pam is from Arizona, btw. Also, I could relate to her story so much about being raped and no one believing me. Idk how she lasted so long because I’m still in pain from it 7 years later. I do the same thing with guys where I need them but push them away and then feel disgusted with how needy and mean I can be. I feel like she went through so much and if she can make it through to the other side then maybe I can too. Although I’m on methadone for my heroin addiction all the other stuff like obsessing about the rape is still there. Just taking away the drugs or alcohol is not enough. Does anyone know how she is doing today? I would really like to speak with her. Does anyone know how to contact her?

    Posted by Nicole | January 9, 2016, 4:54 am
    • There was a brief follow up in tonight’s episode. She looked great and is a substitute school nurse.

      Posted by Courtney | July 31, 2016, 11:46 pm
    • I am Pam’s sister, April. I am on her Intervention. A lot has happened since the show. As far as I know she is still sober. In August of this year, her son, my nephew Richard was murdered. In 2011, our mother passed. Pam is no longer married to Marvin. Pam is on FB as Ann Ruelas.

      Posted by April | December 4, 2016, 1:04 am
      • I’m so sorry April. I hope you’re doing well and the rest of the family. I’m so sad to hear the news about Richard. I wish it weren’t so.

        Posted by Amy | October 14, 2017, 1:39 am
  4. Are you still with marvin

    Posted by Lorna | August 9, 2016, 11:29 am
  5. I am a relative of Pam. A horrible tragedy happened in August. Her son, Richard who was in the show was killed. A sensless tragedy. Our family has immense sadness, and of course shock. He had 3 kids.

    Posted by Tia April | October 22, 2016, 4:03 am
  6. Pam seems like a beautiful soul under all that drinking. She has been through so much even these past few years with her and Marvin no longer together, her mom and son dying, I know she probably has a lot of hurt. Losing a child is the worst thing ever. I hope she is able to maintain her sobriety because no matter how bad things get relapsing only makes things harder.

    Posted by Andy | August 30, 2017, 11:52 pm

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