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Episode 146: Penny Lee


Penny Lee
Age: 48
Location: Waipahu, Hawaii
Addiction: Alcohol (beer)
What’s memorable: The crazytown drunken rants, how she quit her long-term job because she wanted to drink, how guilty her son feels about going to live with their dad, how she’s forced to babysit her grandson and has to beg to get paid for it because her daughter knows she’d buy beer with it. “If they feel they can’t trust me with money, then why trust me with my grandson?” Penny Lee does make sense sometimes. The intervention is a powerful one.

“We’re gonna do our very best to heal your whole family. You don’t ever have to live this way again” – Candy

“Thank you.” – Penny Lee

Official Synopsis: Living in a small Hawaiian village, Penny-Lee has an infectious laugh and loves to have fun. But despite having a good family life and four children to be proud of, she’s an out-of-control alcoholic who spends most of her time alone, screaming and crying out to no one as she downs beer after beer. An intervention is her family’s last hope for their beloved family matriarch.

Original Air Date: July 2011
Interventionist: Candy

Categories: Addicted Parent, Alcohol, Candy, Childhood Physical Abuse, Childhood Violence, Most Mentally Compromised Addicts, Season 10


6 Responses to “Episode 146: Penny Lee”

  1. it’s mysterious how god works i took a seminar with her just this past weekend and when she told me she had that its hard to me just watch that episode but since day 1 of that seminar she change through out to the last day she has opened her eyes more god is good!!!

    Posted by jon | March 25, 2014, 12:58 am
  2. I agree with penny lee. She was abandoned as was I by my oldest children. Although it’s easy to play the blame game …u have to understand that what ppl do affects you too. Especially family. Some can overcome and others like penny lee who tried are completely heartbroken. My heart goes out to her…hang in there penny lee…I don’t know you but I love you and respect you

    Posted by Patti | March 6, 2016, 6:35 pm
  3. I cried my eyes out at this episode! Penny Lee is a beautiful person, the follow up that they recently aired made me so happy for her. Stay strong, Penny Lee! Your story gives me hope that my own mother will someday put down the bottle and have a life again.

    Posted by Erika Quintano | March 31, 2016, 9:07 am
  4. I hate to say this but I think Kristi was the bigger problem than Penny-Lee. Like, if you know your mother is an alcoholic and you want someone to babysit, hire a babysitter or enroll your son in daycare. I’m sorry to say but I disliked Kristi a lot more than Penny-Lee herself. Yes, I know Penny-Lee is dangerous when she’s drinking. Yes, Penny-Lee is full of issues. But, I think Kristi is even dumber for leaving her son with Penny-Lee, yet Kristi doesn’t pay Penny-Lee a salary or even just a token of appreciation. I’m glad about the intervention though. Hopefully Penny-Lee, but moreso Kristi, smartened up. That’s my take.

    Posted by Timothy Chen | January 2, 2018, 4:31 pm
  5. Penny Lee’s legacy update.

    Posted by Andy | January 29, 2018, 5:02 pm

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