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Episode 186: Jessica

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Jessica
Age: 29?
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Addiction: Heroin
What’s memorable: Jessica seems like a really likable person trapped in an addiction that makes her unbearable. The house she squats in and her mother’s level of enabling are both pretty shocking.

Note: Jessica has commented below that she is doing well, and in the 4.10.16 episode (Karissa) there was a video update from her. She looks amazing and has custody of all of her kids, plus a new one! Congrats Jessica. So happy for you.

Official Synopsis: Jessica is smart as tack with a lust for life. Unfortunately, it’s the life of a heroin addict, living in an abandoned building, being shot up by a boyfriend, that she is committed to. Having spent her youth yearning for an absent, alcoholic father, Jessica followed the footprint of addiction left to her by her father, and now her own children are at risk of losing their mother.

Original Air Date: June 2013

Intervetionist: Donna

Categories: Addicted Parent, Donna, Heroin, Season 13

Discussion

51 Responses to “Episode 186: Jessica”

  1. This is the most disturbing and powerful episode I’ve seen yet. Very, very sad on every level.
    Her newly sober husbands emotional reaction on screen was shocking but understandable. And what an ending!

    Posted by Lissa | October 11, 2014, 7:24 pm
  2. Jessica is one of my very best friends.I havent seen her in about 10 years but shes a great person, and a wonderful and caring mother. Shes a beautiful person and i miss her alot.Her children are very important to her and she cares alot for her friends and family. I got pregnant at 15 yrs old and the first time i heard my sons heartbeat was at her house and she told my mom i was pregnant. I love u jessica, and your beautiful daughters are in my prayers. Love you Jessica, aliayah and mikeal

    Posted by robin childers | January 6, 2015, 11:44 pm
  3. On the intervention facebook page, Jessica’s episode was just reposted.
    One person commented this ” just for the people who are wondering Jessica is doing FANTASTIC she’s engaged with a baby on the way and happy but most importantly. SHES CLEAN!!! I’m so proud of her she has come a long way and she’s such a great person.”

    Hopefully this is true. I am happy to hear she is a live and clean.

    Posted by Michelle | March 17, 2015, 10:15 am
  4. Jessica is a lovely girl, intelligent, insightful and sweet. Thanks be she accepted the treatment that was offered and got herself well.

    The first time I watched this episode I felt bad for Marty, Jessica’s husband. The second time however, I felt very differently about him. He is very volatile and unstable and clearly not much different from her current romantic interest, Jose. She was using while she was with Marty and still using now with Jose.

    Clearly neither relationship was meeting her needs. Marty skipping out and not showing up for the intervention showed his true colors and he has no business condemning Jose as he is no better.

    My favorite thing in this episode was the family friend Shelly. She is so wise and loving. The scene with her and Jessica in the parking lot is amazing. She maintained a calm, relaxed stance, very soothing and yet firm with Jessica. When Jessica says “Where’s my mom?” and Shelly says “She can’t help anymore.”, it was just the right tone.

    When Jessica finally surrendered and said “Okay…we need to hurry and leave before I say I’m not going…” and Shelly responded so calmly with a “Yeah…let’s…let’s…let’s just do that…” it brings me to tears.

    Posted by cricket | May 27, 2015, 12:14 pm
  5. A new baby? Joses baby? What happened to their relationship?

    Posted by Vanessa | August 4, 2015, 3:32 pm
  6. My son in law is a long time friend of Jessica and stays in contact with her on facebook. She is doing great and is still sober. The new baby is not jose’s, and she is no longer with the babys father. She is now concentrating on her kids and her own sober life. She has custody of all her kids now and has made everyone around her very proud.

    Posted by Melissa | February 7, 2016, 2:44 pm
    • H who’s ur son-in-law if I may ask??

      Posted by Jessica season 13 episode 1 | February 11, 2016, 12:39 am
      • hi Jessica! Im Jeremys mom in law. cant wait to see your update, Jeremy told me they were gonna do an update on you when the new season starts. Jeremy keeps me updated on you whenever he talks to you, lol. You are one of the few who have truly turned your life around. You should be very proud of yourself.

        Posted by melissa | February 21, 2016, 5:37 pm
  7. Awe thanks!! I would like to take this time to point out a few things!! 1) Marty was never clean for 1 minute so everyone saying they feel sorry for him makes me mad, or it used to.. He has been in jail now for a year and in January went to prison!!! Jose went to prison 11 days after I left for Texas but he is out and we talk once a week or so I love him very very much but I love me more so I have to love him from a distance! 2) I have a beautiful baby girl she is 9 months old and very unplanned but a pleasant suprise!! Me n her dad dated a few months and I got prego but he WONDERFUL I jus don’t love him and haven’t loved anyone since Jose he still has part of my heart I think!! Anyways Lydia was 10weeks early and was I. The NICU for several months she is great now and I have full custody of all 4 of my daughter and my mom is still my best friend and always will be!! Any questions?? Or did I cover it all??

    Posted by Jessica season 13 episode 1 | February 11, 2016, 12:37 am
    • Was your daughter in the nicu at St. John’s in Springfield, il? I believe my son was in the nicu at the same time as your daughter. My son is Crew

      Posted by Ky | April 10, 2016, 7:43 pm
    • Hi, Jessica –

      I actually work for Intervention, I work in post-production so I never met you but I worked on your episode. I spent weeks of my life working with the footage from your episode and as weird as it may be, since you don’t know me, I really cared about you and I’ve wondered if you’re OK. I just saw the update and I am just so happy for you that you’re clean and doing well. I could see how much you loved your kids, and I’m so glad you’re with them. Your kids deserve their mother and you deserve a happy, healthy life. I’m glad you’re doing well. Working on this show can be hard and emotionally draining but when someone gets clean and stays clean, it makes it all worth it. Thank you.

      Posted by Erika | April 11, 2016, 9:25 pm
      • Oh wow that’s amazing!!!! You know me probably as well as I know myself LOL. I have been wanting something added to the end of my episode since Jose passed away. I would really like something said about him passing away. Do you think there’s anyway that can be done?

        Posted by Jessica helton | June 19, 2016, 8:58 pm
    • I am so glad you are doing so well. I’m really sorry to hear about Jose passing away. My cousin passed away 4 years ago leaving behind a daughter. The pain that is left behind for her family and friends is excruciating. She had a similar personality to you, smart, beautiful, talented. We didn’t even know she was back on drugs. She was a heroin addict in her teens but got clean, got married, had a baby, and a great job as a nanny. One day she found percocet in the bathroom where she was a nany and she took it. She was fired and ended up having a problem with pills. She actually overdosed on suboxone at 33 years old. Watching your episode had me in tears because I want you to be there for your kids. You can’t take it back once you overdose, it’s final. You deserve to have a great life with lots of love and support. If I had known my cousin was into drugs again I would have told her the same thing. Just know that you are loved by so many people, maybe even some that don’t talk to you often. I hadn’t talked to her in a long time but I loved her so much.

      Posted by Stephanie Brown | August 23, 2016, 3:53 pm
    • My name is Jessica and I’m and addict!!! My clean date is November 19th 2013. I just watched your episode. I’ve watched many episodes of intervention, but yours hit me directly in the heart. I felt like I was watching myself on TV!!! I couldn’t hold back the tears. And hoped during the entire episode that you would accept the help and treatment!!! I’m so happy you did!!! You are a beautiful person inside and out!!! I’m so proud of you and the progress you’ve made!!! There is nothing better in life then finding recovery after living in the pits of hell!!! I hope you are still doing well!!! Keep God first, and hold your babies tight!!!

      Posted by Jessica | September 19, 2017, 7:10 am
  8. I am glad you are doing well J. Every hope and prayer for your continued success.

    Posted by COMMENTER | February 22, 2016, 5:06 pm
  9. Awesome Jessica!!!! (season 13 episode 1), I’m so happy for you and your recovery, you’re and inspiration, I myself suffer from heroin addiction and on a methadone program but still relapse time to time

    Posted by Ashley Brown | April 1, 2016, 1:20 am
  10. Hi jessica I just wanted to say I’m very proud of you getting and staying clean. You are gorgeous and sobriety looks great on you. Someone is very lucky to have you

    Posted by Art | April 18, 2016, 6:33 am
  11. Hi Jessica!
    It is so good to see you are doing well.i saw your update, you look so beautiful. I am also a recovering drug addict and know how hard it can be to stay sober through tough times but you have done it, have 4 wonderful children and a great life ahead of you.

    Posted by Alyssa noelle | June 19, 2016, 6:11 pm
    • Awe, thank you very much!!! Unless you’re an addict it can’t really be understood the battle that we fight every single day! So congratulations on your sobriety as well !

      Posted by Jessica Helton | June 19, 2016, 9:00 pm
  12. I don’t even watch this show that often but this story was crazy! So glad you came through all of that. It put it In another perspective for me because my ex husband has been addicted to pain pills for years and hasn’t seen our son in a year, made me wonder if that’s what it’s like for him, even though most days I just hate him, I hope he will one day clean up and come back into my son’s life.

    Posted by Sara | June 19, 2016, 10:11 pm
  13. Jessica, I just wanted to tell you how much of an inspiration you are, allowing your story to be told and working so hard to come out the other side, and getting your beautiful kids back as a result of the hard work. Your story touched me, and I will continue to root for you. You’re an amazing soul. Keep up the excellent work! I’m a chronic pain patient who is so weary of being a slave to the meds, but I’m close to the point of doing what I can do to get off of the opiates… I just need to accrue the vacation time to take off work for a week and go cold turkey, if I can without putting my life in danger. Thank you again for sharing your story, and I wish you all the best.

    Posted by Shannon | June 19, 2016, 10:18 pm
  14. I am so sorry to hear that Jose passed but I am happy for you and your sobriety. Sending lots of prayers and love to you and your family. Your relationship with your Mom brought tears to my eyes – I hope the two of you have healed together and are in contact often.

    Posted by Sandi Wood | June 19, 2016, 10:25 pm
  15. So sad to hear that Jose passed away.

    Posted by Kristy | June 20, 2016, 10:49 am
  16. Wow! Jessica, just watched your episode. You look amazing. Keep up the wonderful work!

    Posted by Anna | June 24, 2016, 11:52 am
  17. I’m glad to hear you’re doing well. I worked security for the crew while you were filming, and it was heartbreaking to see such an obviously nice person in that situation. I just saw this site, and have often wondered what happened to you.

    Posted by Dave | June 25, 2016, 9:29 am
  18. When did Jose pass?rip

    Posted by Dewey | September 4, 2016, 1:38 am
  19. Jessica I’m so proud of u!!!! It’s Leah your friend and Rehab nurse!!!! I just seen your episode I’m SO proud of you girl!!!!!!!

    Posted by Leah | November 22, 2016, 4:46 pm
  20. Hey Jessica! I could relate very much to your story, as went down the same path. Your story struck me so personally. I’m so happy you are doing so well! You are an inspiration! I’ve been sober for almost 4 years now, but so many of my friends that I had to keep myself at a healthy distance from have died from this disease recently. 🙁 So many people don’t know that there are success stories like you and that there is a choice and option to get away from the madness as I like to call it. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, but for temporary discomfort and addressing the underlying issues comes a lifetime of happiness! Congratulations on your recovery and your family blessings! Keep being awesome! 🙂

    Posted by Jacki | January 12, 2017, 11:43 am
  21. Yes, congrats on being sober jessica. A few thoughts though, is anyone surprised that jose is gone? And why the hatred towards marty? Obviously all we know as outsiders is what we see on the program, but the way these two were portrayed, I feel differently. Marty appeared to want to be a father to 2 kids who were not his own – that in itself is admirable. Who knows what circumstances really occurred (jessica says above that he was not clean – but is this really true?) Who could blame Marty for losing it on camera when all he seemed to want was to have a sober jessica and his family back together? I’d be angry with Jose too, if I were him. I could go on but I am sure I have typed enough to receive some flaming and judgment, so I will stop.

    Posted by gord | February 7, 2017, 11:08 am
    • I do not have hatred towards Marty I just do not like how the show I didn’t tell the whole story. I did heroin with Marty for a year before I met Jose . Jose was sober I was the one Who got him to start doing drugs again! Since the show Marty has been in prison but has recently gotteb out and I wish nothing but the best for him! I lost Jose on March 15, 2016. I miss him every single day but I see him when I look at our daughter!

      Posted by Jessica | February 17, 2017, 2:18 pm
      • Apologies for being judgy – congrats that you are doing so well. life is a trip, man! 🙂

        Posted by gord | March 6, 2017, 9:04 am
  22. Non ho nessuna pena per te Ho visto l’episodio che ti riguarda…mi veniva il voltastomaco nel vedere il tuo egoismo e il tuo menefreghismo Soprattutto riguardo le tue figlie Hai mai pensato a quanto hanno sofferto?Spero solo che tu cresca perché sarebbe anche ora!

    Posted by Luli | February 15, 2017, 5:51 am
  23. Are we all here for Jessica? LOL, I know I have wondered about you, Jessica. Though I hardly ever watched that show I saw your episode. Man, what a gut wrencher…but it ended so well! How crazy is it that total strangers can care this much about each other? When I read (above) that you’re doing so well it was so gratifying. I think that you and your loving family resonated with people. God bless you all!

    Posted by Bekki | February 15, 2017, 5:02 pm
  24. KEEP HOPE!!! Do you only reason I’m still alive is because my family never gave up. Now I have an amazing life that I had never dreamed of. I’ve gotten everything back that I ever lost to drugs! I know also have a new daughter who is now 18 months old she is the light of my life! I just Close on my new house November 15 of 2016. I never would’ve dreamed I would own house. Getting sober was not an easy thing but by far was the best decision I’ve ever made!

    Posted by Jessica | February 17, 2017, 2:11 pm
  25. It’s so sweet that you respond to people. I’m proud of you on your progress and congratulations on your bundle!

    Posted by Lisa | May 25, 2017, 4:02 pm
  26. Hey Jessica. Seeing your episode again and have seen your updates video as well. Hopefully you are still growing in positive directions. Life is a tough road for kuds and single moms under normal circumstances. I pray for you as well as others from all walks of life.

    Posted by Em | July 3, 2017, 8:45 pm
  27. Aloha Jessica!
    I’m a first grade teacher and this entire week I have been “binge watching” (and or background noise as I work!) Intervention on Hulu while setting up my classroom for the new school year 🙂
    Out of ALL those episodes and seasons, your story left me in tears. To the point where I had to get my computer and see that you are doing ok now and what every happened to you.
    My favorite part was at the end where you said that your daughters are gifts, and how lucky you are that you got them. For someone who has suffered years of infertility and loss; those little perfect miracles are truly gifts beyond words. God (or whoever hehe) chose YOU to have those gifts 🙂 And I’m so glad you see that 🙂 Much love, success and ENDLESS beautiful memories with you and your 4 beautiful miracles!

    Posted by Amy K | August 6, 2017, 9:21 pm
  28. Thanks all of u so very much! My life has changed so much but I look back and have no regrets! Having my children back and being blessed with another beautiful daughter is more than I could ever ask for! I’m one lucky girl and getting to help people just makes my life all the more wonderful! All I can say is if u have loved ones Who are suffering from this disease do not give up on them recovery is possible no matter who you are and what you have done.! Xoxo

    Posted by Jessica helton | August 9, 2017, 12:22 pm
    • Jessica, Im so sorry you lost Jose. But all your kids are beautiful and they have a beautiful, strong mother! Your episode is one of my favorites. You have such a great personality and your story is so incredibly inspiring! Xo.

      Posted by Madi | August 11, 2017, 4:10 am
  29. Hi Jessica, I was just watching your story on Intervention. I’m so happy that the Lord has given you the strength to fight your demons. You seem like a nice person who like the rest of us has made poor decisions. (I, too, thought Marty was the good guy until I read your side above.) Although I wish him well your life is better w/out him. God bless you & your children on your journey;may He keep you strong & stand beside you to help fight your everyday fight. ????????Just an aside ???? I find saying the Lord’s Prayer” & the “St. Michael” prayer to be very helpful when the devil rears his ugly head. You & yourfamily are in my prayers. ????????

    Posted by Theresa | September 19, 2017, 4:55 pm
  30. Thank you that means a lot. My life is far more amazing than I feel I deserve BUT who am I to question gods plan! I recently found out my two-year-old has cerebral palsy and with my family and faith I know that she will continue to amazing everyone. At the rate she’s going she should be walking in the next year which is huge. Her progress has surprised everyone! I’m so lucky god blessed me with such an awesome job , being her mom! I have all 4 of my daughters and a new home and nothing but blue skies ahead!

    Posted by Jessica | September 22, 2017, 4:45 pm
  31. Jessica, I’m watching my best friend make the same same decisions your mom did and her daughter making the same decisions you did. Was your mom able to get stronger and make tougher decisions? Where did she go? Did she just do the 3 day program? How did she do it? I’m 25 years sober and watching this is like walking in in the middle of a bad movie!

    Posted by Pedra | September 23, 2017, 4:57 pm
  32. Hi, Jessica from another Jessica. Im whatching your episode right now and decided to look up and see how you were doing and came across this. Congratulations on staying clean I’m also a few years into my sobriety and know what a challenge it can be. I also know as a parent of a child with special needs it makes it sooo much harder. So I just wanted to encourage you to keep your head up because the beatiful angel you were blessed with needs you.

    Posted by Jessica | October 31, 2017, 12:27 pm
  33. Hi Jessica…congrats on your sobriety. Your story is one of my favs. You are a remarkable young lady. I ha e never been an addict but my ex husband was and I know how difficult it is living that lifestyle. Forgive me for asking but were you sober during your pregnancy? I noticed you said your baby girl was in NICU and now has ceralbpalsy? Understand, not judging you if you had a lapse, it happens. Also, I thought I read you had a short relationship with someone who fathered your daughter who you were no longer with then later read that you saw Jose in her when you looked at her. Just wondering if he was the father or someone else. Also, how did Jose pass, overdose? Please know I’m not judging. I’m just a big fan of the show and especially your success story and I enjoy reading the follow-up. I too admire that you take the time to respond. Congrats on your new home and all your success and I pray that you continue to have the life that you so deserve!

    Posted by Tina Corum | November 3, 2017, 6:05 pm
  34. I was completely sober during all my pregnancies
    Including the most recient! The whole paternity issue is complicated but José is her biological dad but the man she calls dad is my X husband Adrian. He has stepped up and completely (by choice) taken on the daddy roll. Jose got out of prison in January 2016. We decided to try to make a relationship work but unfortunately he couldn’t stay clean. But I stuck by his side because he was my soulmate the love of my life. They found his body in an abandoned building in March 2016

    Posted by Jessica | November 4, 2017, 6:52 pm
  35. How did you mom do with the Betty Ford program? I have a sister who is very enabling of her daughter. We’re concerned and are thinking about presenting the idea to her.
    Congratulations on your continued sobriety!
    Pedra
    1/13/91

    Posted by Pedra | November 4, 2017, 7:05 pm
  36. Thanks for replying to my post! Sorry to hear that about Jose but glad to hear that your ex is there for your his lil one. You are a strong woman to be able to remain sober through such a loss. You are an inspiration and I wish you a lifetime of happiness in whatever comes your way. I look forward to following your journey! Best wishes!!

    Posted by Tina Corum | November 5, 2017, 10:39 am

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