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Episode 188: Theresa

Season 14, Episode 4

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Theresa
Age: 43
Location: Raceland, Louisiana
Addiction:  Alcohol
What’s memorable: She’s been an alcoholic for 25 years, suffers from cirrhosis, drinks beer from her bed all day long unless she goes to the one bar in town that hasn’t 86’d her yet. The argument with her daughter was hard to watch. I enjoyed her follow up with Candy – she seemed down to earth and realistic but grateful that her health was improving so much and committed to her sobriety.

Synopsis: Theresa swore she wouldn’t end up like her mother who was a raging alcoholic. However, years later after several failed relationships and children, Theresa finds herself drinking uncontrollably–to the point that even cirrhosis of the liver isn’t enough to make her stop. Her daughter says she’s at rock bottom, close to death, and her family knows that an intervention is their last hope.
Original Air Date: April 2015
Interventionist: Candy

Categories: Addicted Parent, Alcohol, Candy, Death of Loved One, Season 14

Discussion

2 Responses to “Episode 188: Theresa”

  1. Her dad was heartbreaking, losing his wife just months before to the same disease. So sad.
    I have to say I loved Teresa’s scrappiness when she was defending the cameraman in the parking lot. She’s got a lot to offer and I’m so happy for her.

    Posted by Kat R. | April 12, 2015, 9:37 pm
  2. I agree with Kat. Theresa had a spunk and tenacity in her that could give her the best chance at a successful life as a sober individual. I just hate how they rushed through her backstory, there was so much to her! A mother, the army, her childhood, the marriage, and so much more. And her health, they seemed to just barely touch base on that, and she was crazy sick. I LOVED Candy at the intervention/pre intervention. Her comment about the past is what keeps us drunk. Spot on, again, Ms. Finnigan.

    Posted by Sara | April 15, 2015, 8:27 pm

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