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Episode 168: Katie

Season 12, Episode 3


Age: 25
Location: Porter Ranch, California
Addiction: Alcohol, Bulimia
What’s memorable: How her parents can’t figure out where she gets the money to buy alcohol, the married boyfriend that’s 30 years older and was her customer at the strip club, how skinny and unhealthy she is, the awful way her parents treat her and each other, the way her mom hides bottles of wine in the closet and doesn’t think anyone knows.

Update Dec 2014: It appears that Katie is sober but still struggles with her eating disorder. Her dad has set up a GoFundMe to help get her into treatment. The photos I’ve seen are shocking – she looks to have lost quite a bit of weight and she was skinny to begin with. I hope she is able to get the help she truly needs.  Facebook page and GoFundMe page

Official Synopsis: Twenty-five year-old Katie uses her eating disorder and binge drinking to cope with her mother’s secret alcoholism and parents war with each other while her worried siblings pray someone can step in and save them all.

Original Air Date: August 2012
Interventionist: Seth

Categories: Alcohol, Bulimia, Eating Disorder, Rape, Season 12, Seth


30 Responses to “Episode 168: Katie”

  1. i was friends with katie when we worked together at abercrombie & fitch and we hung out a few times. I was shocked to see this episode. if anyone has any information on katie’s current situation I would love to know. I am currently just over a year sober and would love to help in any way.

    Posted by xdariax | May 11, 2014, 5:16 pm
    • Hi, Katie is actually my boss’ Daughter. She has relapsed numerous times and is currently in the hospital not doing so well. I’m hoping she will recover. Congratulations on your sobriety!!

      Posted by peachyt | May 20, 2014, 6:36 pm
  2. she is actually the women who gave me the courage to seek help for both my alcoholism and my bulimia. today i was hospitalized for fatally low potassium, and I may be re-entering treatment.

    Posted by Leah | July 12, 2014, 5:11 pm
  3. I love hate this show. I unfortunelty so relate to Katie. Recovery Katie…you can!!

    Posted by ambivalencegirl | October 28, 2014, 5:29 pm
  4. Katie I relate(d) to your story a lot. Am in a bit of a confused place in my life right now. Love you.

    Posted by Halley | February 18, 2015, 4:08 pm
  5. I came across Katie’s facebook the other day while browsing through this site, actually. The latest update looks like she is either trying to get back into treatment or just recently got out of treatment? Hard to tell, but after her episode aired it looks like her eating disorder became the main issue and she has since been in treatment for it. (Some photos of her on her facebook show just how thin she is. I believe her dad had a gofund me campaign.) anyway, sending her positive vibes! https://m.facebook.com/katie.shapiro.338

    Posted by DrB | April 23, 2015, 6:23 pm
  6. I just watched this episode and saw her photos on Facebook. She looks even thinner than she did on the show 🙁 I really hope with all my heart she gets well because she is truly so smart and beautiful

    Posted by brooke | December 20, 2015, 12:58 am
  7. I feel so bad for katie,her parents are crap and are not Good for her, they need to get help.im a recovered addict myself of 14years,But like Katie I’m was an garbage can,as well.and I can identity with katie…I thank God for my life, I really would love to hug katie,and hug her some more, I would love to be one of her sponsor,are her sobriety friend.katie if you read this, I think your Beautiful, smart, and I would like for you to teach me how to write,Katie you are worthy,And I have faith in You.Do it for your self,You have me and millions like us ,whom you never met,before that Love You,and and everyday day pray for you,especially when u to do the serenity PRAYER. GOD GRANT ME THE SERENITY TO EXCEPT THE THINGS,THAT We CAN Not Change And The Wisdom To No The Difference.AMEN

    Posted by Regina Starke | August 19, 2016, 5:05 am
  8. I echo the sentiments of the others who posted. But there is one thing that has gone unmentioned and a second that bears repeating–or emphasis rather. Starting with the latter, Katie’s writing is so beautiful. Not in a superficial “I learned to play guitar when I was in college” kind of way, but in a genuine, badass George Eliot kind of way. Get well and share that gift with us, Katie.

    As for the thing that no one is talking about… that man who raped Katie while she was in college, f–k that guy and all the others like him who have made any woman feel less. I hate the way our society handles this issue… we are really screwing this up. Not to take it there… but with the outcome of the recent election I felt—as I’m sure many other woman did too—like I had looked hate in the eyes and this time I was brave enough to scream NO only to have him put his grimy, tiny hands all over me anyway. As a society we are so far from recognizing the heinousness of this crime or the severity of the larger issue. And for Katie, that man took so much from her. Screw that guy, he’s not worth the smallest iota of the dignity he stole. Take it back, love, I stand with you as so many other women do too.

    Posted by Lisa | December 17, 2016, 3:49 am
    • Amen, Lisa! It kills me that women feel shame after a sexual assault. No, the asshole who did this to you should be ashamed. You should be angry and rathfull and any man who would treat you like a thing should cower if fear of the fire that that kind of emotional and physical violence creates. Women need to stand up and come together and scream in the face of abusors like the man who raped Katie.

      Posted by C | April 28, 2017, 6:20 am
  9. I can say, as she is a sweet friend of mine, she is doing just great.

    Posted by a friend | March 8, 2017, 10:12 am
  10. I hope Katie is doing well. She’s fighting a two-headed dragon – alcoholism and bulimia. It’s a difficult and life-long battle. Sending warm and healing thoughts to Katie!

    Posted by Melanie | June 5, 2017, 10:14 am
  11. Katie your story really touched me. I can relate to the family distinction especially. When your dad said “why can’t my loser daughter get a job” or something similar I reminded me of one too many situations I’ve been in like that including the one i am currently in. I hope you’re ok!

    Posted by Nicole | June 15, 2017, 7:35 pm
  12. This episode = my life. Raped, dropped out of college, became a stripper and alcoholic as a result. Also had an eating disorder. Just completely went off the rails. When Katie said she left college but would not specify why, I immediately knew. I saw her Facebook and she mentions sobriety for three years as of March 2017, and school and work. She looks happy and healthy. God bless Katie.

    Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2017, 1:52 pm
  13. What disturbed me the most about this episode was the smile on her dad’s face while he was telling her what a loser she was.

    Posted by Kim | January 7, 2018, 5:10 am
  14. well done katie your a beautiful soul that was away in dark but now has lit up a future that makes me want to change my past please remember your and angel and must shine bright in the dark. lots of love xx

    Posted by sammy | February 15, 2018, 3:21 am
  15. This how my mom passed when i was 18 got a call 2 hours after leaving the house after a fight, the last thing (because we always fought) i said to her was fuck you bitch, i will always regret that until this day. I am still fucked up over this i will always love her, we forced her to go to rehab too and they have gave her sonme medication that makes you sick if you drink and she would drink anyway saying she can not stop. I was so mad i hated her for that. It eventually killed her i know she loves me and love her wish i could tell her tho. PLEASE DONT END UP LIKE MY MOM.

    Posted by Robert Larry Lantz | July 3, 2018, 9:17 pm
  16. I hope you are doing well Katie. I have always struggled with drinking also. So, I know what you were going through. Just wanted to wish you well. 🙂

    Posted by Spessie | September 17, 2018, 1:10 am
  17. I just saw on Katie’s Facebook that her mom April passed away. https://bit.ly/2J6BXyu That’s so hard. My condolences to her and her family.

    Posted by Ellie | May 6, 2019, 9:00 pm
  18. i know this won’t be a popular opinion and i know a lot of my anger is coming from my own experience, but i felt less sympathy for her when she disclosed that she was having an affair with a married man with children. i DESPISE the cheaters and i DESPISE the women (or men) who knowingly wreck homes! i cannot stress how much loathing i feel for these kinds of people. my father cheated on my mom constantly and i hated him SO much for it (and the homewreckers who KNEW he was married with kids)!

    Posted by Brooke | July 12, 2019, 9:24 pm
    • But don’t forget it takes two to tango…

      Posted by Stefan | July 12, 2019, 10:15 pm
      • oh i definitely agree. i made a point to say that i despise the cheater AND the “homewrecker” (for lack of a better word). i hate it when people only have a problem with the homewrecker and not the cheater. of the two, the married person is far worse bc they are betraying their family, their loved ones, people they have made lifelong commitments to. it’s despicable!

        Posted by Brooke | July 13, 2019, 1:34 am
  19. Update on what I’ve seen online, their mother passed in 2019 not sure the exact reason. The sister is thriving in Denver. Katie still struggles with sobriety (I see it’s mostly a battle with her eating disorder she looks very thin) but I commend her because she is still working hard to get better, she made a GoFund me in February 2020 for 5k to get her back into treatment after a relapse (which I don’t blame her after the death of a parent). Her dad manages a dry cleaners/tailor shop in California where he’s known for his great sense of humor. The brother is married living in Washington with their two dogs after a brief career in the military (I think marines).

    Posted by Sarah G. | August 23, 2020, 2:22 pm

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