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Episode 160: Julie

Season 11 Episode 9


Age: 40
Location: Prescott Valley, Arizona
Addiction: Alcohol
What’s memorable: The karaoke, the dudes at the bars, how ridiculous and foolish she is when she’s drunk, how amazing and beautiful she could be if she were sober.

Official Synopsis: Now 40, Julie has often turned to food and alcohol to find comfort in tough times. She had gastric bypass surgery when her weight ballooned, but now she spends her son’s child support money on beer and 90-proof peppermint schnapps. She has a failing liver and constant blackouts, often waking up in strangers’ beds. Julie needs an intervention before she loses her family–and her life.

Original Air Date: February 2012
Interventionist: Candy

Categories: Alcohol, Candy, Season 11


13 Responses to “Episode 160: Julie”

  1. If there is such a thing as nailing an intervention, that was done here. Between Candy and Julie’s daughter, she would have to be absolutely souless not to go to recovery. Well done, and I hope she and her family is well.

    Posted by Mutigerlily | June 3, 2016, 9:01 pm
  2. Julie H seems to be doing quite well. She’s mended fences with her children Jillane and Devon, and with her father. I believe she’s still in Prescott AZ working in the elder-care field. I’d like to know if her mother recovered from her health issues.

    Posted by Janelle | September 23, 2016, 2:07 pm
  3. Do you recall her last name? She seemed really sweet

    Posted by Dewey | October 3, 2016, 7:23 pm
  4. Man Julie’s daughter was so beautiful and so strong, she was an inspiration

    Posted by Rinna | September 15, 2017, 3:26 pm
  5. Any updates on Julie? Her daughter just broke my heart. I pray for her kids’ sake she was able to stay sober

    Posted by Nickel | March 26, 2018, 2:51 am
  6. I know Julie. But I hadn’t seen her in over 5 years now…. I used to drink with her on rare occasions, but she used to talk crap about me too. But when she had a good day at the bar, she’d let me drink with her & her friends. She definitely had a “Jeckyll & Hyde” type personality with alcohol. She went to a couple of meetings, but I never saw her again since (it’s probably been about over 5 years now)… Hope she’s doing better, wherever she is now.

    Posted by Jody (Leana Jo H.) | August 7, 2018, 9:48 am
  7. I can’t get over what a dick her father is/was. So cold. He showed a little emotion at the end, and as candy said, he defrosted a little bit. Cause man he was cold as ice. Hope he continued to “defrost” and decided to be more of a fathe to her.

    Posted by Toreigh | October 11, 2018, 7:23 am
  8. i found julie’s fb https://www.facebook.com/julie.hegedus.94 https://www.facebook.com/JYHegedus . her daughter’s too. the daughter looks great, looks like she got married and has at least one daughter. it’s hard to say how julie is doing. she looks good but that doesn’t necessarily mean a thing, the mom passed away. 🙁

    Posted by Brooke | July 12, 2019, 9:57 am
  9. Based on Julie’s FB my guess is that she isn’t sober anymore…the profile pics are telling as well as all the random men commenting on them. There doesn’t appear to be any interaction between her and her daughter on FB which is telling as well. Very sad.

    Posted by MelB | January 2, 2020, 2:22 am
  10. One thing I have noticed is that there are a few alcoholics on this program that have had gastric bypass surgery. My sister had gastric bypass and also has issues with alcohol (whether she admits it or not). I’m not saying don’t do gastric bypass…it’s just a trend I’m seeing. Not sure if it’s a way of coping with such a dramatic physical change, self-medication related to underlying trauma, or what. Thoughts?

    Posted by Sudie | May 11, 2020, 9:03 am
    • It can happen because you’re no longer able to use food as a coping mechanism, so you may turn to alcohol and drugs. It’s why therapy is highly recommended during the weight loss process.

      Posted by Stefan | May 11, 2020, 2:05 pm
  11. In the brief blurb at the end where she is supposed to see all radiant and healthy and happy, Julie still seems drunk.

    Posted by Alice Schmid | September 3, 2020, 6:59 pm
  12. Julie was arrested for DUI with a super high BAC over the July 4th weekend 2018.


    Posted by Clean Sox | October 10, 2020, 4:02 pm

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