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Episode 159: Dorothy

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Dorothy
Age: Early 20’s?
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Addiction: Alcohol, cutting
What’s memorable: Her parents had to lock their door when she was 14 because they thought she was gonna kill them. How much her stepdad loathes her and how his wife helps her. “I feel like I’m not gonna accomplish anything in my life. Sometimes I think my life doesn’t have any meaning. Sometimes I don’t even wanna be alive.” – Dorothy

Official Synopsis: Neglected as a child by her alcoholic mother, Dorothy is now lost in a haze of drugs, alcohol, and self-inflicted cuts and burns.

Original Air Date: February 2012
Interventionist: Candy

Categories: Addicted Parent, Alcohol, Candy, Season 11, Self-Injury

Discussion

7 Responses to “Episode 159: Dorothy”

  1. Poor, lost Dorothy. But you can almost see the instant where she just gives up fighting everyone and opens her heart to the love she’s been pushing away most of her life. I’m noticing in so many of these stories that the unifying factor is that so many addicts were abandoned by one–or both–their parents…and clearly, Dorothy’s acting-out, especially against her caring step-father is just raging against an unfair world, in which she’s deprived of a father’s love. She’s a lovely young lady, and I’d like to think that she’s blossoming, now that she’s accepted help…I wish her and her family the best of luck. I’d sure like to hear a happy follow-up to this girl’s story.

    Posted by Gregory Moore | July 31, 2015, 2:16 pm
    • Didn’t that same stepfather call her evil?

      Posted by Skye | February 26, 2017, 12:22 pm
      • Yes, yes he did. That man seemed to have about zero love or respect for Dorothy. This episode was one of the saddest I’ve seen. This girl just wanted to be loved and she was not getting that from anyone in her life. Her mom was ok, I suppose, but you could tell Dorothy resented her. I hope Dorothy found what she was looking for in life – she certainly deserves happiness

        Posted by Gord | February 27, 2017, 2:42 pm
  2. Dorothy’s stepfather was absolutely deplorable…more so than addict Dorothy. He’s one of the holier than though, recovering alcoholics up on his pedestal. The way he said his piece during the intervention “affected ME…what you do to ME….what you do to your. Mother.” Even Candy looked at him like “you just ruined this”. I can’t stand him. He’s still gonna treat her like shit. I hope she gets better and finds peace.

    Posted by Rachael | April 25, 2017, 6:56 pm
  3. But the difference came when her stepfather 1st layed it on the line; and 2nd showed her he did love her but that because of her addiction and negative behavior they didn’t have a good relationship. She realized ALL her family loves her

    Posted by Jason | April 25, 2017, 7:17 pm
  4. I agree, he came around in the end and saved her life! I don’t think she would’ve gone if he hadn’t opened up to her. It was touching fr. I wonder if she’s still ok?

    Posted by Sam | April 26, 2017, 11:41 pm
  5. I’ve seen this kind of step parent. I’ve had this kind of step parent. You don’t speak like that of a child. I feel like the only reason he came around is because he doesn’t want to look bad on tv. He needs to pull his head or if his rear end and realize that he was there once, he struggled with addiction. He needs to come off that high horse and try loving that child. Hes not healthy for that family. Period. Candy just looked at him like “you ruined this. You ruined all this.”. Then the “i knew this was gonna happen.”. The step father makes me sick. He really only did that “i know where you’re at” speech because he didn’t want to look like the bad guy.

    I hope someone has updates on her. She needs a hug. She needs love. She needs encouragement.

    Posted by Rae | August 28, 2017, 7:46 pm

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