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Episode 163: Terry D

Season 11, Episode 13


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


20 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
    • I’m not saying it’s out of the question that it’s an exaggeration, but with gastric bypass patients, alcohol affects us differently. Our pouches are much smaller than a normal stomach, so the alcohol high we get is much stronger and faster, but not as long lasting. Many many people who have gastric bypass have transfer addictions with alcohol because the buzz is so much more intense and wears off so quickly.

      Posted by gastric bypass | March 20, 2018, 10:16 pm
    • It could be diluted vodka, which is pretty typical for alcoholics due to its lower price, larger quantities, and availability in grocery and convenience stores. Diluted vodka runs around a 21% alcohol content versus standard vodka at 40%. So, I’d say it’s not an exaggeration.

      Posted by Ashlee Willis | September 19, 2018, 4:52 pm
  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
    • I had a friend at 5 foot 2 that could consume up to 8 bottles of wine in 24 hours. She drank 2/3 a day, then 6-8 a day all weekend. Anything’s possible.

      I too am 5 foot 11 and used to drink everyone under the table. Thankfully I stopped binging many years ago. My health is my priority and has been for over ten years.

      Posted by M | November 27, 2020, 2:17 am
  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
  7. It is possible. I am a 5’7″ female, 135. I could drink that much. My BAC was around a .45 one time I went to hospital for detox. I was walking and talking normally. Tolerance is both an incredible and horrible thing.

    Posted by sandra | April 15, 2018, 8:59 am
  8. It’s possible. I am 5’8 and was 115 and could drink almost a gallon of vodka a day. I was a full blown alcoholic, but held a job and seemed normal until I went to rehab 5 years ago. I drank 3 vodka tonics (at the airport) and 5 glasses of wine on the plane and about 2.5 hours after they did my intake for rehab and I blew a 0.00% My body could metabolize alcohol very quickly at that point. I am not saying it is normal but addicts bodies can take a lot. Believe or not for drinking like that for about 7 years I had no lasting health problems. God and recovery are good.

    Posted by Alyssa | April 28, 2018, 4:38 pm
  9. Yes to all the smart comments above. Every body is so completely different from the next, so it’s naive to use a one-all formula to compare. Body composition plays a HUGE role in metabolizing drugs.

    Posted by Jacey | August 16, 2018, 2:08 pm
  10. Who cares if it’s a half-gallon or what?! You people, Yuck
    I was so affected by your story, Terry. Your rightfully-deserved apology from your mother — she tried so hard. And bless Pam for putting aside embarrassment — a heartfelt subject – to achieve this healing for all of you.
    You are so very brave.

    Posted by S Hebert | March 6, 2019, 8:33 am
  11. Did anyone else cringe like hell when the first words out of the rehab director’s mouth were regarding how she “couldn’t believe Terry used to be a model”, and now she looks good again. I yelled out loud, for Christ’s sake, I thought the whole point was to get this woman to start loving herself aside from any physical characteristics. Ugh. I am rooting for Terry, and I hope she is well.

    Posted by Mira | March 31, 2019, 2:41 pm
  12. I was so happy that Terry agreed to treatment and to actually work at her program. She looks amazing and the key to that is her sobriety and newly-discovered happiness. It was just so good to see her smile. I agreed with her counselor about setting boundaries, because her mother was so toxic to her. You can’t blame a kid for being molested or try to deny it when they report that they have been. I was molested when I was ten as well. It persisted for a few years into my teens, and while my family didn’t deny it happened, they didn’t take action against him either. My sister blamed me and my mother went along with her. Now, instead of bickering about how much alcohol as woman can drink, does anyone have any updates on Terry’s life since treatment and sober living community?

    Posted by Peggy Schmidt | April 15, 2019, 11:45 am
  13. Does anyone know how Terry is doing? I hope is is still well.

    Posted by Leah | August 14, 2020, 5:41 pm

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