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S11E9 Julie

Season 11 Episode 9

Julie

Age: 40
Location: Prescott Valley, Arizona
Addiction: Alcohol
What’s memorable: The karaoke, the dudes at the bars, how ridiculous and foolish she is when she’s drunk, how amazing and beautiful she could be if she were sober.

Official Synopsis: Now 40, Julie has often turned to food and alcohol to find comfort in tough times. She had gastric bypass surgery when her weight ballooned, but now she spends her son’s child support money on beer and 90-proof peppermint schnapps. She has a failing liver and constant blackouts, often waking up in strangers’ beds. Julie needs an intervention before she loses her family–and her life.

Original Air Date: February 2012
Interventionist: Candy

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  1. Mutigerlily

    If there is such a thing as nailing an intervention, that was done here. Between Candy and Julie’s daughter, she would have to be absolutely souless not to go to recovery. Well done, and I hope she and her family is well.

  2. Janelle

    Julie H seems to be doing quite well. She’s mended fences with her children Jillane and Devon, and with her father. I believe she’s still in Prescott AZ working in the elder-care field. I’d like to know if her mother recovered from her health issues.

  3. Dewey

    Do you recall her last name? She seemed really sweet

  4. Rinna

    Man Julie’s daughter was so beautiful and so strong, she was an inspiration

  5. Nickel

    Any updates on Julie? Her daughter just broke my heart. I pray for her kids’ sake she was able to stay sober

  6. Jody (Leana Jo H.)

    I know Julie. But I hadn’t seen her in over 5 years now…. I used to drink with her on rare occasions, but she used to talk crap about me too. But when she had a good day at the bar, she’d let me drink with her & her friends. She definitely had a “Jeckyll & Hyde” type personality with alcohol. She went to a couple of meetings, but I never saw her again since (it’s probably been about over 5 years now)… Hope she’s doing better, wherever she is now.

  7. Toreigh

    I can’t get over what a dick her father is/was. So cold. He showed a little emotion at the end, and as candy said, he defrosted a little bit. Cause man he was cold as ice. Hope he continued to “defrost” and decided to be more of a fathe to her.

  8. Brooke

    i found julie’s fb https://www.facebook.com/julie.hegedus.94 https://www.facebook.com/JYHegedus . her daughter’s too. the daughter looks great, looks like she got married and has at least one daughter. it’s hard to say how julie is doing. she looks good but that doesn’t necessarily mean a thing, the mom passed away. 🙁

  9. MelB

    Based on Julie’s FB my guess is that she isn’t sober anymore…the profile pics are telling as well as all the random men commenting on them. There doesn’t appear to be any interaction between her and her daughter on FB which is telling as well. Very sad.

  10. Sudie

    One thing I have noticed is that there are a few alcoholics on this program that have had gastric bypass surgery. My sister had gastric bypass and also has issues with alcohol (whether she admits it or not). I’m not saying don’t do gastric bypass…it’s just a trend I’m seeing. Not sure if it’s a way of coping with such a dramatic physical change, self-medication related to underlying trauma, or what. Thoughts?

    1. Stefan

      It can happen because you’re no longer able to use food as a coping mechanism, so you may turn to alcohol and drugs. It’s why therapy is highly recommended during the weight loss process.

    2. Pang

      I had gastric bypass and enjoyed how quickly I would get drunk- I would be flying on half a glass of wine- cheap and not inbibing as many alcohol calories! It was also convenient because since it was such a small amount, it would clear quickly too. So you could go out, have 1 glass of wine, have a blast, and then be ok to drive home all over a span of 2-3 hours! However over the past year, I’ve been drinking more wine and my tolerance has increased. I’m making a concerted effort that this doesn’t become a slippery slope though of replacing food with alcohol.

      1. Stefan

        I’ve heard that’s quite common for people who get weight loss surgery sadly.

  11. Alice Schmid

    In the brief blurb at the end where she is supposed to see all radiant and healthy and happy, Julie still seems drunk.

  12. Clean Sox

    Julie was arrested for DUI with a super high BAC over the July 4th weekend 2018.

    https://myradioplace.com/2018/07/06/ycso-deputies-stayed-busy-during-dui-patrols-over-the-holiday/

    1. Alicia

      Damn and I just watched her episode on HULU, but I felt like her sobriety would be short lived. It blew my mind that her daughter was basically my age, I’m glad she ended up with her own happy family. She deserves it with what her mom continues to put her through.

  13. Michelle

    Her dad is so awful. A sociopath even. My god that poor woman.