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Season 9 Episode 10

Jamie

Age: 27
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Addiction: Alcohol, Ketamine

What’s Memorable: The death of Jamie’s twin sister, the really messed up ways that her family thinks they’re helping her, the weird intervention. (“Since I arrived here, none of this has been about Jamie” – Candy)

Official synopsis: At a teen, Jamie did drugs and abused alcohol to deal with her traumatic upbringing. At 21, she turned to the church and got sober, but then the fatal overdose of her twin sister triggered a relapse. Now Jamie suffers from alcohol-induced pancreatitis and has suicidal tendencies. As Jamie’s family struggles with their own loss, Jamie feels alone in her fight against addiction. Can an intervention bring the family together?

Original Air Date: March 2011
Interventionist: Candy

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  1. george pou

    jamie i was an evangelist, before i backslid on alcohol. me and you are not so different we both grew in the church we walked we god and we both fail god and those around us. god has been patient and merciful with me, i been in rehab and now am going to college for a A.S degree and am waiting on god to give me his new directions. i dont drink alcohol anymore and i do not do drugs. hope to hear from you and may god bless you ad your family…

  2. Kristy

    I was in the hospital with Jamie 2yrs ago. What an amazing girl & personality she has! Very curious if there will be an update show for Jamie, or how she is doing? Jamie, if you see this, keep your head up sweetie!

    1. TJ

      Was she still sober when you saw her? I hope so. Her story touched me so much! Everyone assumes being a Christian means you either are or think you are immune to problems but it’s opposite. Once you are dedicated to living for Jesus, now the enemy really has reason to attack you. I really would love to know if she’s still doing well.

  3. Kristy

    I’m really not sure. Some weird stuff was going on. I was good friends with a friend of hers that was also in the hospital with us. And Jamie was having these drug dealers bring in garbage bags filled with designer brand name clothes. I could have swore I seen her on the bus 3 weeks ago or so, but couldn’t get a good look because she was in front of me. If it was her, than she seems to be doing okay. This girl was putting make-up, looked like she was going to work. I’ve tried to search her on fb, finally found her & added her, but she didn’t accept. Would love to know how she’s doing. She’s a great girl.

    1. Irene

      Hmm… that’s definitely fishy about the drug dealers and the designer clothes. Even if she is sober it’s not healthy for her to be around that sort of unlawful stuff. If you find out any new information let us know.

  4. Kristy

    I can’t even remember Jamie’s last name to search her again on facebook 🙁

    1. TJ

      If you ever do find her on FB or anything, I’d love to know. I really felt such a desire to contact her. I read a super judgmental jerk write a blog about her and totally criticize her addiction to drugs and Jesus. I hated the attitude. Loving Jesus doesn’t mean you don’t have addictions or make mistakes, it means you know that you are fallen and need Jesus!

    2. Amy

      Its jacobs

  5. Madeline

    Candy Finnigan’s facial expressions during this intervention made me laugh out loud. The dad literally throws the standard intervention letter, calling it garbage.
    Dad: “Everybody said I was the strongest man in the world…”
    Camera pans to Candy’s face. *Unimpressed*

    1. DeannaMarie

      He had to make everything about himself 🙄

  6. Meg

    Update I found on Jamie.. Hope she’s doing well she seemed like such a sweet and caring soul.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYF1d5bl8SY

  7. Julie

    Nice find, Meg! So happy to see Jamie looking so healthy and happy.

  8. Lindsay J.

    Oh I love this update on Jamie. I went to high school with her and her twin. They were always so sweet to me.

  9. kitty katt

    As of 4/2/18 – her FB page says her step father passed away. Such a shame.

    1. Tazz

      Her stepdad passed, not her bio-dad (who was on the show).

      1. kitty katt

        Yes, that’s what I said. Her step father.

  10. Hdhdhdhdh

    Great to see she is doing well! Any idea what happened to her sister Susan?

    1. Anonymous

      She is addicted to Fentanyl and Meth and is in worse shape than ever. She really doesn’t care either

      1. HollyB

        Jamie is worse off now? That makes me sad to hear because she is a beautiful person with a good heart. I hope she’s ok now that some time has passed since your comment.

  11. Michaela

    This intervention was wild. Her sister having a breakdown and then calling her before the intervention started was so cruel and selfish. She’s definitely got her own issues that have nothing to do with just looking out for Jamie. Her dad! No words, Candy’s face said it all. The best one there was her pastor, she gave a lovely speech. Poor girl I hope Jamie is doing well and to be honest, is away from the family.

  12. Kerry Love

    I truly feel for Jamie… her family reminded me so much of mine w all the mental illness and chaos and codependency.. holding space for you, Jamie. xo

  13. Melissity

    Jamie’s dad made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Narcissist and a faith leader. Scary combo. I hope Jamie is staying healthy. Susan too.

    1. LK

      Unfortunately that combo is all too common. A lot of narcissistic, abusive, manipulative men flock to religious leadership positions because of the patriarchal nature of many religions: there they will be an unquestioned authority, in total control, and face no consequences for their actions. Sexually abusive priests are an example. Honestly, Jamie’s dad made my skin crawl.

  14. Todd

    I took another look at this episode today. I like Jamie, I like her a lot. She seemed to me to be a real nice girl that was wild in her youth and was having a bit of trouble getting out of that scene. From everything I can see she’s now a completely clean, religious, proper young woman. Looks like she found the strength to start a new life sans drugs and alcohol. You have to give her a lot of credit when you consider her twin sister didn’t get out of the scene. Her Father, well that guy, even though his heart was in the right place – I thought he was quite a bit full of himself. The other sister, the one that lived, I believe her name was Susan – I didn’t really care for her. She struck me as half nuts. She didn’t have the sweetness or kindness Jamie has. Anyway, good episode and looks like all is well that ends well for Jamie. Good for her!