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Episode 163: Terry D


Age: 44
Location: Kingston, Pennsylvania
Addiction: Alcohol (vodka)
What’s memorable: Her chronic weight issues and her turn to alcohol instead of food (a gallon of vodka a day!), her mother’s abusive obsession with Terry’s looks. “I think appearances do make the person”  Also, how her mom didn’t believe her when she told her she was sexually abused as a child. It’s really no wonder why Terry drinks this way. When her mom says “this is not the daughter I raised” I wanted to scream “YES IT IS, it’s exactly the daughter you raised!”

Official Synopsis: Once a stunning model and devoted mother, Terry binges on vodka every day to escape her mother’s taunts and her father’s neglect. She ignores her doctor’s warning that she will be dead in six months if she doesn’t stop drinking.

Original Air Date: April 2012
Interventionist: Donna

Categories: Alcohol, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Donna, Season 11


9 Responses to “Episode 163: Terry D”

  1. Terry, you are not alone.

    My mother, did not believe anything I summoned up the courage to tell her. She still doesn’t.

    I’m so happy that you went to rehab and I hope that you are still sober and working on putting your sobriety and happiness first.

    Your story really helped me and I thank you for sharing it.

    Posted by Leigh | February 8, 2015, 4:12 am
  2. I’m sorry, no one no matter how alcoholic can drink up to a gallon of vodka a day. A hypothetical 150 pound woman who’s consumed a gallon of vodka over a 24 hour period would have a BAC of 2.4. That’s not .24 but 2.4. This show is rife with exaggeration for the sake of ratings.

    Posted by someguy | September 25, 2015, 12:43 pm
    • @Someguy: I doubt it matters much, but they said she weighed 176 pounds at 5’11”. Nevertheless, your point is taken. Perhaps the “gallon” included the liquids with which she mixed her vodka (Coke, juice). We only saw her drink it straight once. So the actual consumption of vodka is probably more like 2-4 pints (1/4 to half gallon).

      Posted by Tina | October 17, 2015, 3:44 pm
    • I totally agree with you – it is an exaggeration and not only in this episode. but they use a saving formula “up to” which I guess means that some days those addicts drink just a few shots or even nothing. but nonetheless – it is quite doubtful that even sometimes they drink 3,78 litres (is it a gallon?) of vodka a day! I’m an alcoholic myself and I’m from Russia (so pardon my english) but we here can’t drink that much ever)) Once I drank about 2 or maybe 2,5 litres of vodka during a day and ended up in a hospital. but she’s a woman and she looks, speaks and moves pretty normally – I just can’t figure out this gallon. so guess let the producers keep that fairy tales for themselves.

      Posted by ilya | January 21, 2016, 5:12 am
    • wtf. Who cares? You can see there is a problem, and and you start calculating?


      I am glad she got help, and I hope she stayed sober.

      Posted by aldo | August 4, 2016, 12:56 am
  3. She was a very tall woman for one. And secondly you’d be surprised at the tolerance people can build up an the ant of alcohol they can consume. I believe it without a doubt.

    Posted by Beth | November 14, 2015, 8:48 pm
  4. I’m 5’7″… and I can assure you that drinking that much can be accomplished. Maybe not all day every day – but it can happen. My own mother, who is 5′ 2″ can easily consumer bottles of whiskey if given the opportunity. Godspeed Terry

    Posted by Ash | March 13, 2016, 3:52 am
  5. Terrie,
    I’d like to speak with you. You can reach out to me on Facebook andrew constantinidis. I hope you do decide to reach out look me up if you ever read these comments. Hope you are doing well. Im actually watching your episode right now. Hope to hear from you.

    Posted by Andrew constantinidis | February 20, 2017, 5:21 pm
  6. I does anyone know if she’s still in recovery?

    Posted by BridgetK | February 20, 2017, 9:57 pm

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