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Episode 181: Tiffany

Tiffany

Tiffany
Age: 19
Location: Inwood, West Virginia
Addiction: Heroin
What’s memorable: Wow. Lots. I don’t recall any other addict that came from a religious family but where the religion wasn’t a trigger or contributed to the distance between the addict and their family. Tiffany is an addict who actually still fully embraces her spirituality and relationship with God despite her behaviors, which seems to be keeping her close to her family. I didn’t word that very well, hopefully it made sense. Anyway, what else: the relationship she has with her biological dad, the reversal that happened at the intervention (also don’t think I’ve seen that happen before – the intervention addict actually having to give consequences to another addicted family member), the tearful and inspiring followup, the Haiti mission. I mean jeez, Tiffany is truly amazing. She makes me wanna be a better person.

Official Synopsis:
Tiffany is a 19-year-old, doe-eyed, innocent looking young woman who treks to the seediest parts of Baltimore to score heroin while her family tries to pray the “devil” out of her.

Original Air Date: January 2013
Interventionist: Ken

Categories: Childhood Sexual Abuse, Heroin, Ken, Mental Problems, Most Likeable Addicts, Most Uplifting Episodes, Season 12

Discussion

60 Responses to “Episode 181: Tiffany”

  1. i am also from inwood and still live here. i have been clean for a little over a year and i wanted to let tiffany kno if she needs someone to talk to she can get a hod of me

    Posted by stacy zerrlaut | January 23, 2013, 5:27 pm
    • Stacy this is Tiffanys mom, hope your still doing well. Tiff is back in AZ at treatment and has been clean 9 months after she came home last year and had relapsed for a short period. Key is getting back up and live again. Phillepeans 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. GOD BLESS.

      Posted by tina32agent | May 29, 2014, 9:40 am
      • Tina: How is Tiff doing? Her story touched me, being a former addict myself. Hope you get this! If you want, you can add me on facebook: Kevyn Diaz Mack. THANKS!

        Posted by Kevyn | October 5, 2014, 11:56 am
      • Hi Tiffany’s mom (I apologize for not knowing your name). I just wanted to say that I watched Tiffany’s intervention show a couple of night’s ago and wanted to say how much I was touched by that episode. It reminded me so much of my own life. I had an intervention done on me 4 years ago and at the end of it I thanked my family so much for caring about me and loving me so much. That is exactly what Tiffany did at her intervention. This is so rare, and I think it really shows the love and admiration she has for you. Tiffany is such wonderful girl and you are a great mother. I can definitely relate to her situation very much. If she ever needs someone to talk to my email is jimmysraegan@gmail.com. God bless!

        Posted by Jimmy Crawford | October 9, 2014, 8:05 am
      • Amen…. I PRAY that you all heal and recover. Something about Tiffany made me care a lil more than normal.

        Posted by Heather | December 20, 2014, 11:50 pm
      • Tina, My name is Jason and your daughters documentary on intervention touched me like no other. I too had dreams and aspires of being a missionary that where torn apart by divorce “the devils work”; I hope she is doing well and fulfilling her calling. If she ever needs anyone to talk to your more than welcome to pass along my email. Ill be praying for her and your family god bless.

        Posted by Jason | December 22, 2014, 9:19 am
      • I just finished watching this episode. I am from WV. I watch all of the episodes. Tiffany has something very special. I couldn’t get to the end fast enough…anticipating seeing her sober. I would love to know how she is doing. I pray and wish the best for this beautiful soul. Best of luck Tiffany. Don’tknow how to check for any responses but wwould love to hear how you are doing. On facebook…Alesha Bortel Meade

        Posted by Alesha | May 15, 2015, 7:53 pm
  2. Tiffany was my 20 year-old daughter’s first friend. Her mother and I first met while attending childbirth classes together. I cannot tell you how happy we are to see Tiffany overcome.

    Posted by Miriam Munson | January 29, 2013, 7:55 pm
    • Hello, im not sure if you are going to be able to read this or not but im going to give it a shot. I just saw Tiffany’s episode on intervention and it really touched me personally, some of the things she said especially about religion and relationships with God.. I am at a crossroad in my life and im not sure what to believe. I cant understand how a young girl who has been through so much in life has been able to keep her faith the way she has. If there is some way you could let her know i would like to hear from her or email me. The people in my life that i have known are supposed to be christian are fake for the most part.. She seems to be very honest something i havent seen much of from my experience. Thank you for reading please help. thanks again

      Posted by ken | February 14, 2013, 1:22 pm
      • P.s. your comment last month was posted on my birthday. I have heard from people in the past that everything happens for a reason which i never really believed and normally would never seek out a complete stranger for advice but when i saw her show and what she had to say something told me i needed to talk to this person somehow someway. I didnt think that was possible either but somehow i found this website and saw your post on my birthday so here it is 🙂

        Posted by ken | February 14, 2013, 1:31 pm
      • Ken she has been clean over yr half had a brief relapse but went back to treatment now shes back in Wv with her Fiance she met there and expecting a baby. How are you doing? Hope your doing well

        Posted by Tina Holley | February 18, 2015, 5:53 pm
      • Ken: I just saw your post. I will just say that just because some/many people are not authentic–doesn’t mean that God’s a fake. It also doesn’t mean that we have to be fakes. Godspeed in your quest.

        Posted by Miriam Munson | November 8, 2013, 6:16 pm
      • Ken l hope you are doing well. This is Tina , Tiffanys mom and she stayed there for 6 months had a relapse but proud to say she has been clean now for 9 months and is back in AZ attending more treatment at Sober Way , been there 2 months this time. Ever need to talk you can find me at TINA Holley on Facebook . I am sure she would love to hear from you. GOD BLESS, Tina

        Posted by tina32agent | May 29, 2014, 9:33 am
      • Hey Tina I hope all is well. Looked you up on Facebook couldn’t find you. You can find me under Marissa Horton. I come from Pentecostal church and if you need to talk to someone im always here. God bless and wish your family the best!

        Posted by Marissa Robyn | October 13, 2014, 10:16 am
      • Ken, l keep tabs with Tiff on what said on here and she wants me to have you read Jerimiah and awww no l forgot the scripture wanna say 29 the one says l know the plan l have for you …… sorry l will have to check but she wants you to keep on fighting:)

        Posted by tina32agent | November 9, 2014, 9:10 pm
  3. tiffany – you are an inspiration of victory over the darkeness of drugs and the power of Christ over Satan.

    Posted by pauleferry | February 7, 2013, 10:00 pm
    • Thank You and please keep praying she has a huge yr ahead of her fighting a very drama child custody battle.

      Posted by tina32agent | November 9, 2014, 9:14 pm
      • Tina,

        What an amazing person Tiffany is. And how wonderful that you believed her when you found out about the sexual abuse, many mothers do not, sadly. How are your other kids doing? Does Tiffany have a child?

        Posted by snugs | December 6, 2014, 10:23 am
      • Yes she did her name is Destiny she will be 6 this June we didnt wantbto expose her on tv due to the dangers Tiff was already in. Tiff is doing wonderful!!!! Yr half clean

        Posted by Tina Holley | February 18, 2015, 6:01 pm
  4. where is the creek that she and her dad go to on the show?

    Posted by joan | March 8, 2013, 7:15 pm
  5. Thinking of you Tiffany.

    Posted by ranstice | October 7, 2014, 7:07 pm
    • Thank You this is her mom, she is doing wonderful:)

      Posted by tina32agent | November 9, 2014, 9:01 pm
      • Dear tina my name is dylan I’m 21 and your daughter is my age I’m goin on 14 months clean same drug as her i live in buffalo n.y but have family down in morgantown w.v i would love to talk to her somtime n see how she’s doin on her sobriety n talk to her you can find me on facebook under Dylan.D.Brown …
        thankyou

        Posted by dylan | January 6, 2015, 9:27 pm
      • She has yr half clean and is back in Wv things are going wonderful

        Posted by tina holley | February 18, 2015, 6:04 pm
  6. Dear Tina,
    Please share my support with your daughter Tiffany for me and let her know
    that God truly has a calling on her life and that she is blessed to have such a supporting God fearing family. Her story
    hit me deeply knowing how her love for God can be challenged by the world.
    I have so much respect for her, and her work is not done. She has touched my heart like she has done in some of her best days. I thank your family and Tiffany as well for the courage and will for change. I pray that i can bless her with support in the same way she chose to bless us with courage and knowledge. My Facebook name is John F. Kennedy III If possible i would like to give her support on her journey as well ad your family. God bless.

    Posted by John F. Kennedy III | October 7, 2014, 7:48 pm
    • Thank You for your kind words. She just flew here in October with her BF that l so adore!! They have decided after beginning of the New Year move cross country and live here wow Destiny that is 5 her Daughter grows up because its very hard for her to be a part of her life across country. I asked Jared how he felt about being so far away and he said it was his idea because how.much she wanted to be with her daughter and wherever Tiffany is his heart is. How sweet is that:)) wish l could post pics on here. If you go on fb search page Heroin Support in background says Addiction is an illnessNot a crime join that group you will see a testimony l wrote up yestwrday and has pics has 396 likes and beautiful pic of her baby girl from 2 weeks ago

      Posted by tina32agent | November 9, 2014, 8:55 pm
  7. It’s so great to see so many people rooting for her. All the best.

    Posted by sarakaun | November 9, 2014, 10:37 am
  8. I’ve never spoke on any forums or commented on anything but my name is Chris Bush and I am now clean after a couple years…I’m also a single father of 2 boys n get my little girl every weekend…this show touched me a lot…I think it’s where I love WV so much (I’m from Chas n live here)and to know how hard it is to break the cycle…I’ve been clean for 9 months now.I went to 4 funerals last year n only 1 made since…I don’t really know what I want to say..I just hope I look as good to my family as tiffany did at the end….I would love to help any way I can n do somethin for other ppl that r lost!!!

    Posted by chris bush | November 27, 2014, 4:24 am
  9. Tiffany is such an inspiration to us all! I too battle addiction and it wasn’t until I was truly broken in front of God that I became sober. It’s so obvious and clear that the Lord is working His magic through Tiffany. She has been through HELL and has prevailed by surrendering. Hope and pray that Tiffany finds herself well today, tomorrow, and always! I just can’t get over how INSPIRATIONAL she truly is 🙂

    Posted by betsyhunsader | December 20, 2014, 9:02 pm
  10. I am very happy for Tiffany her story really has hit close to home for me,but I am a little confused about the bf comment by her mother my understanding is that Tiffany was married to Jeff.

    Posted by Tracey | December 21, 2014, 8:22 am
  11. I just want to let you know I’m from Martinsburg wv… I have been clean for 5 yrs now… Tiffany is and amazing person inside and out… I had the opportunity to meet her… Keep up the good work your doing and god has big plans for her… Praying

    Posted by AC | December 30, 2014, 8:38 pm
  12. Tiffany- You are such a beautiful girl, I am seriously in awe of your beauty. ANd when I say this, I mean inside and out. Your faith in God and your story inspire me. Thank you for telling it.

    Posted by Sarah Thomas | January 16, 2015, 8:56 pm
  13. I just re-watched this episode. And I even own it on my tablet. Tiffany is truly an amazing person, and my comment is meant in no way to criticize her or her loving family. I am simply shocked to learn that she has a child, there was absolutely no mention of it in any times I have watched her episode. Was that at Tiffany’s request, or at the request of her family? Or was it something the show decided to edit? This raises a lot of curiosity in me as to what other major things the show decides to edit. All my best to Tiffany and he family.

    Posted by Sara | January 17, 2015, 10:31 am
    • The father had custody also and the family made threats of lawsuit so they had to edit it. He also had been in and out of jail with drug issues but from what lm told he is doing well also so thats most important thing. Also Tiff was in a lot of dangers with owing money to dealers and didn’t want to put her beautiful daughter in the middle of that .

      Posted by Tina Holley | February 18, 2015, 6:14 pm
      • Tina, I thank you for replying to my comment. As a caregiver for small children, i completely understand why safety measures were taken. And kudos to the show for honoring that. I wish you all the best!

        Posted by Sara | February 25, 2015, 8:51 pm
  14. Hi Tiffany – I just came across watching the show and yours was the very first. I cannot tell you how much I cried and I do not cry very often. My childhood was taken away at 6yrs old. I also come from a good family and keep God close to my heart but a sitter when I was young did things that shouldn’t have ever happened and I did not speak out. My family is also very strict and growing up there were no “I love you’s” so I was confused and empty but always wanted to be loved but didn’t understand how I was supposed to be treated? If that makes sense? I went through experimenting etc but I think because I believe in God so much and I know He’s there watching, I always felt I was disappointing Him and myself. Now, 30yrs old in San Jose, Ca and 3 beautiful daughters later.. Life is still hard. Well, things are better and beautiful because I do not do any of that hard stuff but overall life in general is hard, still learning and living in a materialistic world now, things can get tense. At one point, I think I was alcoholic and got my first DUI and it was so disappointing. Realized that I wasn’t happy with myself or something was missing. I think that had to do with my divorce but one thing I am proud of are my girls, I must say they are the best and most loving awesome kids! I used to drink daily and now I probably have a glass of wine once every week, most weeks I go without. What I’m saying is, you may have a drink or two, but if sometimes still hurting inside etc, that glass of wine can take over. Just remember, a glass of wine is ok but to drink when people are upset or anything during those hard times, that substance will take over. I have found myself and doing very well. Just know that, life does kick ass sometimes but know.. (and you’re living proof) that crap happens in life but doesn’t mean people need to get stuck there and become ugly. People are they’re own boss and we are strong enough to make better choices. And if you fall again, even the strongest still do, will always get back up moving. I am so so so proud of you Tiffany. You are very lucky and as well as very blessed. God did not let go and was by your side the whole time, though it may have not seem like it. Others who have been through the same situations and became very bad people, their excuse is they were abused etc. And others, like you and I, though we went through bad things.. That little bit of good and God never leaving us, is what makes us.. well us. You are a miracle, an amazing soul.. I am always proud to tell God and the many angels above for never leaving my side, even through my dark times.. Or I would have been an ugly person doing God knows what. Be proud Tiffany, don’t be ashamed of your past and be a speaker at schools, a counselor maybe. You are God’s messenger. Stay humble, stay strong, stay muthafreakin amazing!

    Posted by Hollie | February 24, 2015, 10:54 am
    • Hello holly…not sure wat u know about addiction but I just wanna clairify some things u said were fine for addicts to do while in recovery… u umm u cannot have any substance if ur very serious about sobriety! I CANNOT have a cple drinks or glass of wine! My D.O.C (drug of choice) isn’t alcohol and I still cannot have a drink. Wn u drink u lose some inhibitions and it’s very, extremely easy and likely u will end up using again. I know this from prior experience. So if ur for sho about recovery then I urge yall to not take holleys advice,”and have a cple glasses of wine every now and then”!!! Holley I know I’m being a lil aggressive but I could save someone’s life. Not only would a sober addict having a few drinks make them crave their D.O.C.but there is the phenomena of D.O.C shifting!!! I’m a sober heroine addict and I could completely change my drug choice from opiates to alcohol, gambling, or some other addictive behavior just by simply engaging in drinking casually or goin to a casino. Holley some ppl can drink occasionally but the other ppl out there that call ourselves addicts(I’m sober but still call myself addict)should refrain from any addictive behaviors. I know I have learned the hard way too many times. Holley I hope I shined a lil lite on the life an addict faces everyday. I love intervention fo life! BTW Holley if u have any more ?s or comments plz hit me back

      Posted by Kay-Cee | June 13, 2015, 4:08 am
  15. Tiffany & Tina, God bless you for sharing your story; it is absolutely my favorite episode of Intervention. Seeing Tiffany smiling at the end, sober, makes me cry. You have truly let the struggles in your life be completely transformed by God, and your testimony brings so much glory to God. I wish you nothing but the best in life. God bless!

    Posted by Brittany G. | March 4, 2015, 11:13 am
  16. I just watched your episode and I wish I watched it when I was addicted.you r such a good person,u derserve a great life. Being a addict is miserable.i live in ky and used to shoot up boy too for four years.
    It was awful
    I have a 15 month old now and sober but I’m still on methadone from a clinic.and don’t no how I’m gonna be completely sober ..but seeing u was so inspiring. I’m glad u are doing better

    Posted by ellen | May 2, 2015, 11:47 pm
  17. I have good feelings about this one’s recovery. She’s got the higher power, the support system, and I genuinely believe she can make lasting changes that will take her anywhere she wants to go. This young woman will be a positive force in the world.

    Posted by Tony | July 12, 2015, 9:36 am
  18. Hi Tiffany. Just wanted to say congratulations on your journey to get help and to overcome your addiction. You have a beautiful family who loves you and you have touched my heart with your story. I will surely keep you in my prayers and pray that you will continue to walk with God because he will never leave you. Take care of yourself and I hope to have a conversation with you someday.

    Posted by Shea Rowe | July 15, 2015, 9:23 pm
  19. Congratulations Tiffany on your sobriety . I an so proud . Ken on the follow up last night showed why I have always valued him as a friend , human and worker in the addiction industry . When he was tearing up while talking to her it was because he truly has a big heart and sincere desire for the subjects to stay sober . He was/is so proud of her because he knows that sobriety realistically fails all too often . His dual diagnosis of Meth addiction and a serious Eating Disorder was hard to beat and these interventions are loaded with triggers . He often gets the most difficult / mean subjects and while some might not agree with his method it often works and nobody can say its just for money . The man has been there for me at times I did not want to wake up the next day and I thank him for that . Him and John Southworth ( he had a few interventions shown years ago and he also got the tough ones ) work together and their Facebook accounts are total testimony to their dedication to helping others . Thank you both .
    Again Tiffany congratulations . I am so proud of you and your new family . Knew you could do it .

    Posted by Thankful | June 27, 2016, 12:36 pm
  20. Tiffany’s follow up video was amazing & she proves the capacity for positive change when hard work & spirit is involved. It is inspiring to me and gives me hope.

    Posted by Halley | June 28, 2016, 7:22 pm
  21. My husband and I just watched this episode for the first time today. This episode hits home for me because of her abuse. I did not turn to drugs but there are other addictions in life that one turns to. I now have a daughter in which I would like to speak in private to her mother or her about if that is at all possible??? I would appreciate it so much. I noticed that she is absolutely a messenger and in this episode, she touched my life! I think what hit home the most was when she said someone can go to jail for drugs (for however long she said), but you molest a child and only get a year or less. I have never understood that myself. A child molester ruins if not someone’s whole life, a huge part of it. I cannot wrap my head around the fact they never receive time suitable for that!!!

    Posted by Lisa | July 3, 2016, 6:27 pm
  22. Tiffany your story touched my husband and I more than you know. Even my husband said no one could’ve said it better on what herion makes you feel like, and if you’ve never experienced it before DON’T because it is so hard mentality and physically to get away from. My husband and I both are from the Baltimore area, and both recovering addicts. We lean on each other for support. We had to move 2 hours away from Baltimore just to get away from the temptation. It’s very hard though because all our family and friends live on the other side oft the tunnel. Its crazy cause when we come over to visit we never come alone, and the anxiety we both get just coming in the area is ridiculous. We both have been clean now for a little over 3 years but I will not lie, there are still days where I just want to run away and still get high. I always talk myself out of it, but its so scary to know even after 3 years to still have those thoughts just blows me away. I pray thst you continue your journey and continue to do well. Granted theres no feeling in the world like getting high but theres also nothing that compares to the feeling of love, support, and accomplishing so much that you know you would never do if you continues that life. Good luck to uou sweetie. Hope to see future positive updates on you.

    Posted by Jamie | July 4, 2016, 3:11 am
  23. Hi my name is Tatiana I just was watched Tiffany’s intervention I am happy that she did go she has a real good family happy that she is clean .never let go of your dreams Tiffany.to miss Tina and the rest of the family god is good and keep praying and Tiffany’s grandma that letter was powerful

    Posted by Tatiana | December 13, 2016, 5:44 pm
  24. Hello I am watching Tiffany’s story on the intervention I am as well a recovering addict have been clean for 6 yrs and I am as well from WV and as well Pentecostal I wanted to see how she is doing and thought maybe she may need a friend that understands

    Posted by Betty | February 7, 2017, 8:29 am
  25. Oh my gosh!! Just watching Intervention online & was absolutely touched by Tiff’s story. I know that this is an older episode, but I am wondering how this young lady is doing today,,,,,?

    Posted by Trevor | February 7, 2017, 9:45 am
  26. Tiffany your story has touched my heart. I hope for you all the best life has to offer. Your are a special person. When you said God didn’t listen to you – he did!! He speaks thru you!! Take care of yourself and be proud of where you have come in life. You are an inspiration!!

    Posted by Jen | March 16, 2017, 11:38 pm
  27. I’m currently watching the show and can retaliate to tiff story from what happened to her as a child ! I know it was some time ago now but just so she knows she is not alone . The same happened to me and if she ever needs to chat to someone who knows how it feels there are people out there inc me for a chat ! Hope she is doing well , I have heard of stories before of people in the same situation but never felt compelled to reach out I just feel like it’s so brave to go on tv and share that with the world And for some reason felt like I wanted to message and show support. Thanks Jess

    Posted by Jessica | April 7, 2017, 5:22 am
  28. Tiffany I know everything you’ve been thru.i know how you feel,I’m not one to put all my shit out there.but I would love to talk to you 1 on 1.I don’t have a Website but my fam owners stores in Mt Airy.And my business takes me into B more daily..You should hit me up to talk about shit I believe we could relate.I look forward to hearing from you

    Posted by Ryan | July 31, 2017, 2:24 pm
  29. Hi my name is melanie and I don’t know why but I needed to share my story, which has been more like a nightmare than a fairytale. At the age of 5 I started getting sexually abused by a neighbor and then by my mothers boyfriend. As a child I held it in because I was afraid to tell anyone. Somehow, I felt it was my fault. And to make matters worse there was continued abuse throughout the rest of my childhood. I felt as if I was cursed in someway. Even as a teen I was still having experiences with grown men that was inappropriate. I never received help with this and has affected my life in so many ways. I remember finally getting the courage to tell my mom only for her to say she didn’t believe me. That’s the day I buried it forever. It wasn’t long before I started having addictive behaviors starting with alcohol and weed, eventually leading to herion addiction. Today, at 38 years old I’m still struggling. I wished I had a family who cared about me like Tiffanys story, but no one did. There were times I was fighting for my life and they didn’t know. Today I got off herion by going to a methadone clinic and I have almost completely weaned off but only because I have to turn myself into jail for a thirty day sentence. I’m scared I will relapse when I get out. My fiancé has completely turned his life around from addiction, which we went through together, but I have problems talking to anyone about the trauma in my life. I have problems talking to anyone about any of the trauma in my life, which far exceeds what I have shared in this message. I often ask God when enough is going to be enough… because it’s more than I can deal with. I know I’m very depressed because I have lost interest in life and struggle to get out of bed. I don’t know how to deal with the pain in my life. Part of me thinks my life is pretty much over so it feels hopeless. I don’t know how these monsters that hurt little innocent girls can get off so easily. I have two daughters of my own and would kill someone if they ever hurt them. I watched an episode of intervention today featuring Tiffany and her story and found myself crying. Her story felt similar to mine with the exception of her sobriety and how she was able to turn it all around. I don’t know how she was able to find peace again, but I pray that I can someday too.

    Posted by Melanie bickford | July 31, 2017, 3:09 pm
    • You can do it. I know I’m just a stranger on the internet but I have faith in you. You’ve been through so much and you are so strong, even if you don’t believe that you are. I was molested as a child and still struggle with an eating disorder today, but I know I’ll overcome it some day. We just have to trust that we are capable and strong women.

      Much love and prayers for you, friend
      -E

      Posted by A Friend | August 22, 2017, 3:51 am
  30. Thank you for your prayers. I’m finally out of jail and trying to stay strong. I went to a community overdose prevention ceremony last night. It was nice to have a strong community for support. Thank you.

    Posted by Melanie bickford | September 1, 2017, 9:30 am
  31. I rewatched this episode last night. I thought she was so strong & so beautiful, such a good soul underneath all the hurt. I found her on Facebook, she’s married and has 3 little girls & looks amazingly happy, she so deserves to be. Her sister Brittany is struggling with addiction now, but if Tiffany can do it I’m sure Brittany can too.

    Posted by JadeNZer | October 18, 2017, 4:28 am

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