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Episode 147: Michelle

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Michelle
Age: 30
Location: Williamstown, New Jersey
Addiction: Methadone, Xanax
What’s memorable: Unfortunately what I will remember most about Michelle is her ill-advised style and makeup choices. She’s really pretty underneath all that costume. Anyway, the way her young daughter and grandfather treat her is pretty horrifying, and while deserved to a certain extent it’s still hard to watch and seems like a bad way to behave. And the weird relationship with the 75 year old boyfriend, yikes. I really like Michelle, I hope she got her shit together and her family is nicer to her.

Official Synopsis: Michelle, 30, looks like an aging mother of two who takes a daily concoction of methadone, Xanax, and blood pressure pills to keep her identity as an edgy party girl alive, while her family begs her to wake up to the harm that her addiction has caused them. Now the family has had enough, and they’re finally ready to confront Michelle at an intervention.

Original Air Date: August 2011

Categories: Benzodiazepines, Methadone, Season 10

Discussion

15 Responses to “Episode 147: Michelle”

  1. Anyone know if she is still doing ok?

    Posted by Kent | May 12, 2015, 6:29 am
  2. I’m on methadone and it has helped me stay clean for much longer periods than rehab ever did. So I have mixed feelings on this episode. Obviously she wasn’t using it to get help, but to get high.

    Posted by Nicole | August 3, 2015, 3:21 am
  3. Ok I loved her I really hope she’s doing ok and her kids she is vary pretty after the help.

    Posted by Claire | October 22, 2015, 2:58 pm
  4. January 23, 2016 she was charged with drug possession and was being sought for skipping a court date.

    http://www.nj.com/gloucester-county/index.ssf/2016/01/woman_sought_for_skipping_court_on_drug_charges_pr.html

    Posted by Lin | July 27, 2016, 7:49 am
  5. No!!! That’s really upsetting. She was like a completely different person sober and her combination of the methadone Xanax and blood pressure pills Is extremely dangerous. I have had alot of friends pass away from this combination.

    Posted by Kristy | July 30, 2016, 4:06 am
  6. I didn’t care for this episode. People like Michelle give methadone a bad name. Shame on her clinic too for not kicking her out with all the benzo use. That’s the real problem taking all the pills with high doses of methadone. methadone Taken right and taken for the right reasons looks nothing like this woman. It saves many lives done right. What a shame that methadone will now be attached to that stigma for people who don’t know what it is. The show should explain more about mmt.

    Posted by Kristen | July 31, 2016, 5:31 pm
    • Yes it is a shame. There are way to many people out there who get it from the clinic and sell it on the street or mix it with other drugs like the benzo and blood pressure combo. I’m from Baltimore MD and this is huge in my area and killing more people than heroin right now. These clinics have to tighten up and become more aware of who they are giving it to.

      Posted by Kristy | July 31, 2016, 10:49 pm
    • I agree that they should explain methadone tx. I don’t think that the clinic where she goes to get the methadone should kick her out–should a diabetic with a blood sugar reading over 250 get kicked out of the medical doctor’s office?? Treatment with punishment is so messed up in my opinion! Why not delve into the patient’s condition and reason for using?? And work on solutions that work for them!

      Posted by Em | February 13, 2017, 4:34 pm
  7. she was just arrested two days ago…. come on michelle! i hope she hits rock bottom real soon though and can get her life back on track.

    http://newjersey.arrests.org/Arrests/Michelle_Maculewicz_28275178/

    Posted by mikey | July 31, 2016, 7:38 pm
  8. It was just so, so really sad. She has so much potential.
    She is doing that, that her mother did to her: abandon the kids. And I totally understand that little girl, I would be also really angry if my mom wouldn’t care for anything outside pills. The girl needs help too. It’s also sad to see, that the grandparents can’t get some rest and has to raise kids on their own. I wonder what will happen if they die…

    And that old man… I mean my stomach turned… How sick is that?! Someone with 75 using an addict to get sex and who knows what.. And Michelle using him to get it… It’s disgusting.

    I’m sorry to read that the cops have found cocaine/heroine on her. I hope the family is keeping their bottom lines and she’ll hit rock bottom and change. Or get clean in jail if that is the only way.

    Posted by A. | August 7, 2016, 9:31 am
  9. Someone please give those children of hers a proper family. The redhaired child was so deeply affected by her mother’s poor decisions. I am sickened by the thought of that redhaired child getting into drugs and giving up on life.

    Posted by anon | December 17, 2016, 8:09 pm
  10. by the looks of her facebook page she had another kid, a baby boy. It also looks like she had been good and sober even off of cigarettes up until around the time of the drug arrest. her full name is Michelle A Maculewicz

    Posted by karen tucker | March 11, 2017, 12:24 am
  11. She look way better when she went to treatment she should of never done that she going to kill herself and After treatment she stayed sober I’m so proud of her

    Posted by Zoey vargas | April 25, 2017, 6:02 pm
  12. Michelle appears to be doing well. She posted on FB yesterday saying she was 8 months clean. Looks like she’s straightened up since her last arrest.

    Posted by Andy | April 28, 2017, 12:14 pm
  13. https://www.facebook.com/michelle.maculewicz.94?ref=br_rs

    She looks like she’s doing well!

    Posted by Beth | August 16, 2017, 11:17 am

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