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Episode 194: Amanda

Season 14, Episode 10

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Amanda
Age: 29
Location: Festus, Missouri
Addiction: Heroin
What’s memorable: “I want extreme numbness. I want to get as far away from myself as I possibly can.”

Official Synopsis: Amanda’s world was thrown into a tailspin when her husband went missing for months. When his body was finally found, the victim of a high profile murder, she went off the deep end and found escape in drugs. Now her children are in state custody and she’s shooting heroin to cope.

Original Air Date: August 2015
Interventionist: Ken

Categories: Death of Loved One, Heroin, Ken, Season 14, Traumatic Incident

Discussion

45 Responses to “Episode 194: Amanda”

  1. I thought it was really odd that this was a double episode, but none of the commercials showed James. I can’t imagine what Amanda went through losing her husband so terribly. I thought the ending was a bit vague – did she really get clean, or what?

    Posted by Peggi | August 3, 2015, 1:48 pm
    • It seems to me that this show doesn’t consider an addict to have actually gotten “clean” if they have entered a methadone program, as opposed to just toughing it out through rehab and being 100% sober of ALL drugs and alcohol at the end.

      Posted by Liz | August 6, 2015, 11:15 am
      • It really bothers me that they aren’t supportive of methadone treatment because it is medication and not residential treatment but it is still TREATMENT. I went to residential treatment many times and it did not help partly because most of the places refused to address my mental health issues (depression, anxiety, etc.) only my heroin addiction and trauma. The last place I went to pacific hills was so abusive. I ended up finally getting clean through a methadone program and have been there 3 years. It has saved my life. Now I am able to work on my mental health and PTSD and that is something I’m still working on, even after 90 days.

        Posted by Nicole | August 11, 2015, 9:22 am
      • Methadone “treatment” is a bandaid, and not actually working out the core of the problem. I am a recovering addict myself, and my ex-husband is an addict that took everything he possibly could, and he attempted the Methadone program, but found ways to abuse that as well, and formed an ugly addiction to it too.
        I 100% do not believe in the Methadone program whatsoever. It’s nothing but a bandaid. The underlying problem is still there. Being clean and sober, is having zero substances in your body, period.

        Posted by Christine | October 25, 2016, 3:21 pm
    • No she didn’t. According to her husband’s family, they suspect she was actually involved with the plot to kill him. They say she was an addict before he died. Her kids still live with her mother and her oldest son prefers not to see her. They are the real victims in this whole situation.

      Posted by Lizzie | August 7, 2015, 10:13 am
      • Where are you getting this information?

        Posted by Mary | August 9, 2015, 4:06 pm
      • Indeed she was addicted to drugs before she died. She was involved in the plot to kill him it is believed. All true.

        Posted by Jessica | June 28, 2016, 11:58 am
    • So far so good which is all anyone can hope for when dealing with so many obstacles in their life. Her boys love her and she loves them and if someone wants something bad enough then they will succeed. Rumors will always run and people will always talk because It’s what some live for. Lets stay positive and say prayers for all people and their loved ones that have struggled with such a big battle to overcome. Big tasks takes time.

      Posted by Crystal | August 7, 2015, 9:01 pm
    • Was wondering how Amanda made out.

      Posted by colleen kane-herb | August 12, 2015, 12:08 pm
    • No, she didn’t. I went to detox two weeks back and she was there. She told us she was on this show, thus how I learned about it.

      Posted by Lazy Jay | January 31, 2017, 10:18 am
  2. It’s true. She was living and partying with the other guy for WEEKS at a time while “separated” from Sam. The court found him guilty but it’s all suspicious and sad.

    http://m.dailyjournalonline.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/trial-begins-for-melvin-scherrer/article_29d1fa21-a97a-5546-a256-094e31939336.html?mobile_touch=true

    Posted by Truth | August 8, 2015, 6:23 pm
  3. Thanks for posting. That link Truth. Very shocking. Wonder how things are now? Hope one day she can get clean my heart so aches when kids are involved. Is it just me or does it seem like this season that not many are staying clean for long?? Such a shame when they’re gettin to go to some of the best treatment centers.

    Posted by Marissa Robyn | August 19, 2015, 9:09 am
  4. Poor Amanda! She was sad about losing her husband

    Posted by Elsa | October 4, 2015, 9:32 am
  5. This girl clearly is in alot of emotional pain and may be suffering from PTSD. I’ve done research on this case and I wouldn’t be surprised if the guy who killed her husband decided to throw her under the bus as well and drag her name thru the mudd. Bc she never testified for the prosecutor nor was she ever questioned by the cops about the meth dealing. It’s all one big mess and at the end of the day her children have suffered the most.

    That crap her mother pulled on her with her sons was totally unnecessary. Who puts kids to bed at 5:30 at night? Does school start at 2 am there? I dont blame her for reacting the way she did.

    Posted by Janice | January 23, 2016, 8:13 pm
    • Didnt you read the article that someone just posted stating clearly that she testified and what her testimony was. Her poor husband…she even said on the show he called her begging her to come get him and she refused. Sounds fishy…i hope she wouldnt do this to the father of those children. Its just awful..

      Posted by Kelly | April 6, 2016, 2:26 am
  6. I apologize, the link that was shared doesn’t come up on my phone. I see where I was wrong.

    But there is a lot of fishy things about the story itself. But it’s hard to know what really happened bc the only people who know are the people involved.

    Posted by Janice | April 6, 2016, 8:03 pm
  7. If your wanting up to date info I can help you out. I know the family personally…..I actually married into the family….

    Posted by Jessica | June 28, 2016, 12:01 pm
    • Jessica, an update on Amanda would be great! I really hope she is healing and doing well. If she is still using she is probably in too much emotional pain to face her feelings head on so she is trying to suffocate them with drugs. TlShe is likely suffering from PTSD and from personal experience of dealing with both PTSD and heroin addiction, I know how bad the pain can be and you would do anything to take away that pain if only for a moment. I really hope she was not involved in plotting her husband’s murder in any way. I can’t even imagine the pain she is in over the loss of her husband even though they were separated, for the sake of her kids, who now will grow up without their father. I feel so sad for her kids. Any way you slice it, Amanda is dealing with some difficult stuff, whether she had anything to do with the murder or not. Addiction is like a monkey on your back that won’t get off. Thankfully I have been working through that with the help of methadone which has been a God send and a miracle for me so the monkey on my back is gone!. PTSD however is another story. It alternates between making you feel absolutely nothing, you are numb (not in a heroin or cocaine type of numb)… Numb to the point where you have no joy, happiness or positive emotions either, but your body still feels like it’s having those emotions although your mind doesn’t, or so you have much anxiety you have full on panic attacks, and every other negative emotion in between. PTSD has taken away my ability to work full time, made it harder to have a healthy trusting relationship with a man, and to make friends with people. It does all of these things while being sober, in fact in some ways being sober makes it worse because you feel all the pain on full blast. So basically I wouldn’t with it on anyone and really hope she is doing ok!

      Posted by Nicole | July 6, 2016, 8:16 am
      • It is believed by the family that she had a part in the murder. It talks about a motorcycle gang on the show briefly there was actually more to it. It is believed that she put the hit out on her husband to get him killed. The court on the other hand does not see it that way. It also says on the show she was suppose to be with Sam the night he died and unless she was going to be there with the man (whom she also had a relationship with) that killed her husband that’s simply a lie. There’s a lot they don’t tell you on the show or that they twist but of course that is with any show.

        Posted by Jessica | July 6, 2016, 11:36 am
  8. Wow Jessica, that is so sad. I can’t imagine putting a hit on anyone, let alone my husband, even if we weren’t on good terms. Idk even what to say. I thought a lot of this was here say, and didn’t know what to believe. I hope for her sake she didn’t have anything to do with the murder, but you know the situation better than me. I feel like there are some addicts out there who are good hearted people and some that are not, just like in every demographic so to speak. I try not to live up to the stereotypes of a heroin addict bc that’s not my identity and not who I want to be, I really hope she can get better.

    Posted by Nicole | July 6, 2016, 12:06 pm
  9. On the show it says after 18 days she left the facility. She never went back to any facility.

    Posted by Jessica | July 8, 2016, 9:24 am
  10. some people need methadone for their recovery. yes some do find ways to abuse it, but why punish the many for the failures of the few? I’ve been on methadone for 4 years and it has saved my life. I’ve just received clearance from a private psychiatrist (outside the methadone clinic) to start lowering my dose. I am grateful every single day for my dose. Everyone has a different method of healing and what is right for them. I accept all methods, even if they didn’t work for me. I hope you guys are all doing well.

    Posted by nicole | October 31, 2016, 8:16 pm
    • I agree. There are many ways of recovering and not everything works for everybody. It’s complete crap that someone would say that any one system is ineffective – whether that be rehab, 12 step, methadone, private counseling, or just plain working it out somehow on your own. Everyone is different. Everyone’s story is different. I think the show does a decent job of choosing people that they believe rehab would be a good fit for. But they aren’t always right. And they shouldn’t be frowned on for that…they are still trying to save lives, and help families, which isn’t a bad thing…

      Posted by Samantha | July 2, 2017, 5:45 pm
  11. She was doing Drugs,way before her husband was murdered,beaten,and thrown alive in a septic tank. Matter of Fact,she was in a relationship with the Murderer-Melvin Scherrer. Amanda,was arrested last week at a Gas Station in Cape Giradeau,Missouri,for pulling a Gun, on a customer.

    Posted by Andy | November 17, 2016, 10:03 pm
  12. She was involved with the Saddle Tramps M.C.,a Biker Gang, whom one member,whom she was dating,is the one responsible for killing her husband.

    Posted by Andy | November 17, 2016, 10:05 pm
  13. first of all there is so much wrong here I’m not sure where to begin. amanda doesn’t have ptsd. I don’t care to say because it’s none of your business nor is it any place of anyone commenting here to assume,assess,or interpret anything but facts. if someone knows something about one thing doesn’t mean they are exactly right about everything. I will speak about facts without exposing amanda’s now personal struggle in her life. none of you know her. shut the fuck up if you don’t. what I mean is that if she doesn’t share her personal thoughts with you currently or have for a short b period of her life and stopped, then I’d say you may have known her at one time. her involvement with melvin ended at a point. there’s several reasons she had nothing to do with sammy’s murder. she loved sammy. they had a child together and never would have wanted their boy to grow up without a father. she keeps many things for him to know the best part of his dad. she keeps sentimental things that are hers from him that is definitely not a thing you’d do if you hated and had him killed. it had very little to even do with her. if it did she would be right in there with the rest of them. it had to do with sammy telling lies about the true nature of his involvement with that group. of course melvin wanted him out of the way thinking if he was gone he would have less competition for amanda who had already moved on from him. not involved with him whatsoever during the time he was murdered. sammy knew what he was walking into. he was doing it to prove his love for her. she is not a person we ho could call a hit on anyone if she wanted to. she’d more than likely do it her damn self. none of you are qualified to say what is wrong with anyone. not even yourselves. none of u are flawless or ever will be. just because amanda bravely opened up one of the most incredibly sad aspects of her life with hopes of getting help and understanding for her life so she can be one thing. a good mother. that’s all she is focusing on in her life at this moment as she is in treatment. her recent cape gas station incident is hugely misrepresented as media likes to dramtize stories. she was trying to deal with cleaning up and getting away from her recent I past situation that caused an incredible amount of fear paranoia and anxiety. she armed herself wrongly and was not herself as she isn’t from time to time if you knew her, and thought that the poor guy she threatened was following her. she aggressively confronted him and didn’t care of consequences or the craziness of it all because she feared for her life. it was a mistake. if you understand psychological process and effects even slightly, you would know that to do something so extreme and consequently wrong, you would be out of your mind. that don’t make it right, but it’s real in fact that she needs help. not a bunch of self righteous hippocrites with nothing better to do than try to sway opinion of a girl with ligit issues, who by the way is owning her actions and taking real steps to get better. I can understand holding someone accountable for any action they take. what about mental issued brought about by genetic influence or a traumatic series of events out of their control or even an addiction? I say that I hold them accountable if they realize their problem know what to do about it and do nothing. if they are trying to get better if possible and making a serious effort to do so then they deserve a second look at exactly what they were accountable for and a reasonable resolve should be made to help them, not hold them back. if you like her or not is a personal choice that should be carefully made in her case. she is a large personality. has seen and done way more than a lot of people that would just about had to of been there to understand her. she lives with the fact that she sometimes has no control over her own self. it’s a clue to tge b real problem she is doing anything she can to fix. anything. if you don’t like her maybe you should let her get back to being and feeling normal before you decide she’s not worth knowing. when she is herself she is an amazing woman that no one but an idiot couldn’t like. I’d like to give you all an idea of who she really is and why I lovè and care about her as much as I do. while in county for the recent gas station incident she gets put in a cell with a rather mean female that I believe was a rather macho badass lesbian. this cell mate who has cut out a place in there of being a bully. after a couple weeks she starts in on amanda. telling her stuff like she will never see her boys again and being really cruel for no reason other than she thinks she gets away with it because nobody stands up to her. before long amanda has had enough. everybody is in their cells but the bully dike who is taunting her. from first level out of her cell. so just before the doors shut and lock down, amanda slips out and makes her way directly to this bully who met her at the bottom of the stairs. bully threw first punch an amanda proceeded to beat this idiot up. on top of her with her pinned under a table bolted down. after seventh hit she broke her right hand teaching the girl a lesson long overdue. everyone watching. the c.o.”s broke it up and the other girl got thrown in the hole and amanda got med. attention and put back in cell….. that is the girl I love and someone I want on my side. making mistakes in life is one thing. owning your actions and correcting what you’ve done wrong is what most have as hard time with. how about instead of throwing poo around in stupid comment sections like this that never goes away so years from now if their son reads this learning about his parents, that you give an objective look at all this and send words of encouragement hope and positivity for amanda and consequently help yourself at the same time. its a step for any of you in the right direction. the girl deserves some credit though she would never expect it. I wouldnt count her out if your thinking she is a lost cause. I know she will fight for what she wants and she’s one of the best when she is herself and right. she has my support. there’s two very good reasons I know she will do whatever it takes. it’s her strength. that’s just what I know.

    Posted by panda for amanda | January 6, 2017, 2:06 am
    • It really does sound like she has PTSD…just from the symptoms you’re telling us she presents with. That would also explain why she pulled the gun on that stranger at a gas station.

      Posted by Kandii | May 23, 2017, 2:48 am
    • Hi Panda. I just saw Amanda’s show today. I know it’s a few years old now. What struck me and made me try to find her is I want more than anything to know she’s ok. I am glad she was able to defend herself. Everybody has that right. I personally feel she misses her husband and the father of her babies every day (see my reply to Gregg below). I don’t feel she had anything to do with his murder. It’s just a God-Awful horrific and horrible thing that happened. Just further proof that drugs DESTROY. I pray she is still on the right track and that she has since gotten custody of her children back. I could see how badly she wants to be a good mother. I’m a mother myself and I can so relate to that. No person is a throw away. I think she can make it. I pray she’s doing good and that great things have and will continue to come her way. Nobody has the right to judge another. We haven’t walked in this young lady’s shoes. Panda, I’m glad she has a strong friend like you in her corner. So many of my dear, dear friends have been hooked on meth and it is horrible. Please tell her that Psychic Jenn in Port Charlotte, FL is praying for her and cheering her on!! Blessings and Light.

      Posted by Psychic Jenn | June 12, 2017, 3:06 pm
    • Is somebody tweaking here? Come on guys, she bombed out of treatment has gone more than two years without any custody of her boys. Less than 1 % of addicts that go that long without their kids ever regain custody. I wish her well but she is a lost soul.

      Posted by Reality Bites | July 24, 2017, 11:24 pm
  14. Amanda,was arrested in Cape Giradeau,in October 2016,for pulling a Gun,on an individual inside a Gas Station. Will probably,do Prison Time.

    Posted by American Girl | January 8, 2017, 1:10 am
  15. not for nothing but it is easy for so many of you on this thread to throw stones at a glass house, I know her personally and as of recent she is doing fantastic, she like myself has had some ups and downs in life and Amanda is addressing them accordingly. Addiction is a painful battle to overcome and is a lifetime commitment, she has the strength and a network of good people to help her survive. I personally will be at her side thru the entire journey and I hope all of you will support her, she is a lovely person with a heart of gold who cares a lot about others especially her children.

    Gregg

    Posted by Gregg | January 30, 2017, 8:22 am
    • I’m so happy to hear that. I just saw her show today. I felt so bad for her, my heart was broken for her. I am so happy that as of January this year she is doing great. I pray that continues and I will pray for her. I hate how people are so quick to judge others. Meth and other drugs make wonderful people do things they would never ordinarily do. I can’t speak to what Amanda has or hasn’t done but it is quite obvious to me how much she misses her husband. I know the show is a couple of years old now but I am certain she misses her husband and the father of her babies every single day of her life. What a horrible thing to happen. 🙁

      Posted by Psychic Jenn | June 12, 2017, 2:57 pm
  16. I haven’t been able to watch this episode. When I look for “season 14 episode 10” it shows me the episode on Candace from
    Intervention Canada. Does anybody have a link where I could watch it online?

    Posted by Alex | February 21, 2017, 7:12 pm
  17. I haven’t been able to watch this episode. When I look for “season 14 episode 10” it shows me the episode on Candace from
    Intervention Canada. Does anybody have a link where I could watch it online

    Posted by Alex | February 21, 2017, 7:14 pm
  18. Amanda, if you are keeping up with this thread at all, keep on fighting the good fight, girl. You got A LOT of love around you and the love of your beautiful little boys. Go on, girl. You got this. Brightest blessings and light.

    Posted by Psychic Jenn | June 12, 2017, 3:10 pm
  19. It was stated on the episode that Mrs. Francis was in the military. I wonder if she may be suffering from ptsd? I hope things get better for you. Thank you for your service.

    Posted by Nick | July 14, 2017, 4:02 am
  20. I am so happy to see you are saying Amanda is doing great. Addiction is a tough issue to conquer. I found my solution in Faith in turning it over completely to the Lord. I pray Amanda is clean and able to be the mom that needs to be for her two beautiful boys!! I know she loves them…and I am confident that she is strong.

    Posted by Kerrie | July 24, 2017, 8:24 pm
  21. She is probably paranoid as all hell. Even if she did put out the hit, which I don’t believe she did,it’s still logical that she would be constantly looking over her shoulder. Not to mention she was in the military, so possible PTSD and she’s suffering severe depression, as well as battling the ups and downs in personality and emotion from addiction. That’s an uphill, damn near impossible battle of I’ve ever heard of one. Hopefully she is doing better.

    Posted by T | July 25, 2017, 12:12 am
  22. I can’t imagine losing a loved one…especially a husband in that manner. I applaud Amanda for getting treatment, no matter what people say about her manner of treatment . Do what you can to make your life better one day at a time. You have to work on YOU and love YOURSELF before you can worry about anyone else. You’re in my thoughts and prayers!!

    Posted by Cindy | July 25, 2017, 9:34 am

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