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Episode 108: Jackie

Season 7 Episode 7

Age: 42 -ish
Location: South – maybe North Carolina?
Addiction: Alcohol (wine)
What’s memorable: It’s weird how Jackie says she isn’t an alcoholic but hides her wine bottles around the house and wraps them up when she throws them out so she doesn’t have to hear the clinking. Not to mention having completely lost her daughter as a result of her drinking. I mean how many more signs does she need?

Official Synopsis:
Once known as the “the prettiest girl in town,” Jackie had a promising career as a radiation therapist. She became a wealthy doctor’s wife, a country club member, and a proud mother. But Jackie was haunted by childhood traumas. She was devastated when her father died when she was 13. And as an overweight adolescent, she was teased with the nickname “Fat Jack” and felt she was never as good as her pretty sister. After Jackie’s second pregnancy ended in a miscarriage, she turned to alcohol. She’s had three failed stints in rehab and an ugly divorce. Today, Jackie drinks two bottles of wine a day and regularly suffers broken bones and bruises in her drunken state.

Original Air Date: January 2010
Interventionist: Candy

Categories: Addicts Who Have Died, Alcohol, Candy, Death of Loved One, Most In-Denial Addicts, Season 7, Traumatic Incident


5 Responses to “Episode 108: Jackie”

  1. This episode always sticks with me. So sad. Bless your soul Jackie.

    Posted by Janedoe | June 5, 2015, 8:55 am
  2. This episode breaks my heart. Jackie is so much like my mother, and I feel for her daughter. It’s difficult to watch this episode because their relationship is so similar to the way my relationship to my mother was when I was a teenager. Now, as an adult, I understand Anna’s anger but I have a better appreciation for Jackie’s anguish. It’s an awful situation for all those involved. Alcoholism and drug addiction are truly a family disease.

    I’m sorry to see that Jackie has passed away. I really hope that she and Anna were able to have some sort of a relationship following the intervention. Jackie really seemed to want her daughter in her life more than anything in the world. Hopefully she had that chance.

    Posted by Laura | July 22, 2015, 12:28 am
    • Thank you for saying that Laura. My mother is an alcoholic & shares a lot of similarities with Jackie. I was just as angry as Anna… But now that I’m an adult & an alcoholic as well, I can sympathize with my mother. I believe we both suffer from depression, I also have anxiety attacks & used alcohol to self medicate.

      I sincerely hope Jackie & her daughter patched things up… Hopefully I’ll be able to see my mother again one day.

      Posted by Ash | August 29, 2015, 5:53 pm
  3. She was from North Carolina.

    Posted by Deanne Grace | April 5, 2016, 8:54 pm

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