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Episode 201: Erin

Season 14, Episode 12


Age: 36
Location: Bradenton, Florida
Addiction: Dilaudid

Legacy Update: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcWOsE98v38

Official Synopsis: Erin spent her teens and 20’s as an A-list rock-n-roll groupie, but a prescription to relieve neck pain got her hooked on Dialudid. Now her mother raises her 5 year old son while Erin prostitutes herself to maintain her habit.  Her family calls on Sylvia Parsons, who was intervened on by Jeff VanVonderen in 2006, and who became the first subject of Intervention to ever make the transition to interventionist.

Original Air Date: August 2015
Interventionist: Sylvia

Categories: Childhood Sexual Abuse, Dilaudid, Legacy Updates, Pain Meds, Rape, Season 14, Sylvia


62 Responses to “Episode 201: Erin”

  1. What a shock to see a former addict from the show come back as an interventionist! I was so happy to see this. Kudos to the producers on this fantastic idea. It was sad to see that Erin relapsed, and even more sadder for her son.

    Posted by Tom | August 17, 2015, 9:57 am
    • She was just right for Erin, too. Sweet and caring. Such a sad follow up.

      Posted by Kat R. | August 17, 2015, 11:05 am
      • I liked her style a lot. “Your family is here because they want to help you better than they’ve been able to before.” That’s a gentle but honest way to put it. And I think there’s something about that deep southern charm that eases people. Yeah I just love Sylvia. So cool to see her on the other side.

        Posted by Dizzy | August 17, 2015, 4:40 pm
  2. So disappointing…. just after 10 days, I guess prostitution and drugs are more important than her son. Terribly sad

    Posted by Kat | August 17, 2015, 1:24 pm
    • Have you ever been addicted to drugs/alcohol? If not, you really shouldn’t say too much. I have been addicted to drugs since I graduated high school, I am now 40. I have been to treatment 5 times. Yes it works for a while but you have to continuously work on staying clean. Sometimes life gets difficult and then you have to deal with stuff that’s happened in the past and it’s just easier to stop working so hard. It’s NOT that we don’t care about our families or our children, it’s just harder to deal with all the other BAD sfuff.

      Posted by Tonya | August 18, 2015, 11:20 pm
      • I’m a recovering addict and I have to stay honest with my self to stay sober my biggest problem is I’m self centered
        (Fuck everybody and everything else ) see my problem.

        Posted by Chris | February 19, 2016, 9:55 am
      • I agree. I have been addicted to prescription pain meds and alcohol. Like Erin I was raped and sexually abused. When I was 9 almost 10 years old I was abused by a preacher that had preached In My grandfathers church. I spent my youth being sexually abused. Years later I found out that two boys that had abused me also abused my brother. I didn’t get sober and clean till I was in my 30’s. I pray for her and I pray for his family. I found out he passed away this past march. It’s a daily process to stay this way but I do it. Sadly my daughter is an addict and I am lost as how to help her. No one else seems to want to help as the whole family has an addiction in some form or another. The only thing I can do at this point is be there for my grandson.

        Posted by Pat | May 22, 2017, 11:41 am
    • From watching many episodes of this show, I learned that these are not bad people. As Jeff would say, if you were to go back in time and tell an addict before they start what their future is going to look like, they would not believe you. The drugs take over and interfere with normal brain activity, and the drug becomes more important than anything else: kids, spouse, even yourself. Many of them have underlying mental disorders for which they have not received proper treatment. Others have had trauma and never developed any other coping mechanism

      Posted by Tom | August 20, 2015, 6:29 am
      • Tonya said it best. If you don’t know what it’s like, you shouldn’t say anything. It’s a disease that can be treated but cannot be fully erased. I grew up with an alcoholic, my uncle was an addict (the disease killed him in 2007), and I am an alcoholic who has been in recovery for 1 year. It CAN consume your day-to-day. It CAN destroy your sense of responsibility, whether you have kids or not. Parents are not immune to addiction (and I say this as a mother of five). If you can’t have compassion, don’t watch the show.

        Posted by Kimberly | September 15, 2015, 7:38 am
    • Did Erin end up dying?

      Posted by Janet | August 20, 2015, 7:40 pm
    • really?? i get that it’s frustrating but the drugs are NOT more important to her than her son. it a sickness that keeps her in the throes of addiction (wanting and NEEDING that drug mentally and physically) DESPITE the fact that her son is the most important thing in the world to her.

      Posted by Brooke | June 26, 2019, 6:09 am
  3. I was so thrilled to see Sylvia doing the intervention! I know that she had continued her education so she could work with addicts but I didn’t realize she would be doing this!! She was perfect for Erin!! It’s a shame Erin only lasted 10 days then relapsed. My prayers are with her that one day soon she finds her way out of that vicious cycle!

    Posted by Heather | August 17, 2015, 6:19 pm
    • I LOVE Sylvia. I’m so happy to see that she has been sober for so long!!! She looks healthy and young. She is so intelligent and gorgeous. Can’t wait to see her on future shows.

      Posted by Kimberly | September 15, 2015, 7:41 am
  4. I saw this woman at the Super 8 Motel in Sarasota/Bradenton a week ago and now I saw her on Intervention. She looked like she was in desperate need of help and she asked to use my phone in which I allowed her to. Best of luck to this lady and hope she gets the help she needs

    Posted by Blake | August 17, 2015, 7:20 pm
  5. Feel so bad the son. The follow up was even worse. You could tell she knew what she was doing was wrong and how much she loved her son. Best of luck to her and her family. Will be in my prayers.

    Posted by Mike | August 18, 2015, 2:20 pm
  6. Wasn’t there another episode where the person was from Bradenton, FL as well? Zeinah maybe? I feel like the town from last week in CA was also featured previously too.. Maybe I just watch too much Intervention ?

    Posted by Shelby | August 19, 2015, 7:59 am
  7. So that was clearly Gene Simmons she was pictured with.

    Posted by Jojo | August 19, 2015, 9:24 pm
  8. Her son and his letter about her being the best mommy even when she wasn’t there- oh man, I started bawling.

    Posted by Jenn | August 20, 2015, 2:47 pm
  9. This episode really hit home for me as I have a 3 year old son and it breaks my heart that she can’t be there for her son. You can see how much she loves him but just can’t seem to get out of that vicious cycle of drug addiction.

    It broke my heart to see him reading that letter to her..and you could see how much it affected her..that she couldn’t be the mother he wanted her to be. I was bawling.

    I truly hope that one day soon she is able to turn her life around and be there for her little boy.

    Posted by Cindy | August 21, 2015, 5:59 am
  10. This episode really hit me as I have a close to his age.
    I felt so bad for the son and thought for sure she was going to make it.
    I can tell she loved her son and wanted a better life.

    I hope to see a good outcome from her in the future episodes where they tell us where they are now.

    Posted by Donna | August 21, 2015, 10:54 am
  11. Shelby- Yes- there has been but the one that was JUST on was Brandon, FL and yes, Not too long ago there was one out or roseville, Ca which is the next town over from Rocklin

    Posted by Jenn | August 21, 2015, 1:06 pm
  12. As the episode air, it stated it was documenting the days up to her death. So sad. How did she pass?

    Posted by Cleo | August 24, 2015, 12:54 pm
    • That’s not quite right. The family member voice over was something like “I feel like we’re documenting what happens to her right before she dies.” Erin is still alive.

      Posted by Dizzy | August 24, 2015, 6:22 pm
    • I heard the same thing and was disappointed when it didn’t tell me how or when she passed. But I’m glad to read I heard it wrong but I’m very sad for her and Bobby. I too could tell she is a great mom deep down. I pray for peace for her son. God will be with that little boy for sure!

      Posted by Heidi | October 18, 2015, 8:12 pm
  13. I’m hoping that Erin can find all the happiness in the world not only for her but to have the best relationship with her loving & caring son Bobby. It’s very noticeable how much she adores & loves him but this addiction has a hold on her. I’m praying over her & her family to continue to work with her to overcome this demon that’s keeping her from being the best mother that she can be. Her family is in my prayers!

    Posted by Stephany | August 28, 2015, 8:55 pm
  14. I hope Erin makes the list of Most Likeable. She really is a great person deep down. I pray she gets better.

    Posted by Kimberly | September 15, 2015, 7:49 am
    • Agreed. I felt like I could empathize with Erin so much, and while there is usually a moment in every episode that makes me disconnect from the addicted person, that didn’t happen with Erin. I really hope the best for her and her son.

      Posted by RJ | October 14, 2015, 2:07 pm
  15. I really hope she manages to get help and get her life in order. I’m a single dad with a son and I could just tell how much she really loves her son. I too went through addiction when my son was that age. Thankfully I’ve turned my life around. I really hope she can too.

    Posted by Derek | October 18, 2015, 8:09 pm
  16. Erin’s story really touched my heart. I’ve never been compelled to follow up on anyone on this show before. She really seems like a beautiful person on the inside. I pray she makes it out of this hole she’s in. I wish Intervention would do a follow-up and give her another chance. Perhaps the facility she was sent to just didn’t resonate with her.

    Posted by Regina | October 26, 2015, 8:41 pm
  17. Does anyone know how Erin is doing? My heart breaks for her son. He is so sweet and deserves the love of his Mom. I would like to help him if I can in some way.

    Posted by P | June 21, 2016, 2:14 am
  18. Erin just got taken into custody on 7/7/16 in Manatee County Florida. I think it was for old charges, and she is awaiting trial. I really hope that sometime soon she will want to change her life around before it is truly too late.

    Posted by Cm | July 12, 2016, 6:11 am
  19. Anyone know her last name? I hope she makes it

    Posted by Dewey | August 28, 2016, 12:10 pm
  20. Any update
    Hope she can b saved

    Posted by Dewey | September 8, 2016, 11:37 am
  21. Last name is Holmes. I actually met Erin aprox 9-10 years ago (me and one of my partners met her at a billiards hall). Didn’t know her at all, but seen the world she was in . Not sure if she had little Bobby at the time, but you could sure tell she was in the dark world. I remember her, b/c Erin was by far the sexiest human being within a 10 block radius of me. The next time I seen her, aprox 4 years after, she was walking the streets / hard. I also pray she finds healing …

    Posted by Money Man | September 26, 2016, 9:16 am
  22. Is she still in custody ?

    Posted by Dewey | September 26, 2016, 11:50 pm
  23. Erin has has many mugshots. Seems like she gets arrested often. She’s not too good it.

    It would be lovely if she could straighten out

    Posted by Dewey | October 1, 2016, 9:36 pm
  24. I found Erin’s facebook, but it’s mostly private:


    Posted by Katie | October 2, 2016, 10:15 am
  25. Update: On Tanisha’s episode (Aug 7 2017) there’s a followup on Erin. She did leave treatment early but ended up going back to a different treatment center is now sober and doing well.

    Posted by Dizzy | August 8, 2017, 6:38 pm
  26. I was wondering about Erin and found this from a Bradenton newspaper! Prayers answered..good news.http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/article149986827.html

    Posted by Sheryl | January 16, 2018, 3:27 pm
  27. Yay good for her!

    Posted by Stefan | January 16, 2018, 4:43 pm
  28. She’s using again

    Posted by Barbara | February 9, 2018, 8:49 pm
  29. i’m surprised that she hasn’t turned to heroin given the fact that she’s at the point in her addiction that she’s prostituting herself. dilaudid is basically pharmaceutical heroin. most people start out on pharmaceutical opiates and move to heroin bc it’s cheaper.

    Posted by Brooke | June 26, 2019, 6:13 am
  30. Everyone around her town says she is using again & is even worse than what she was on her episode

    Posted by James | July 6, 2019, 12:06 pm
  31. Erin was arrested again in Janaury: https://florida.arrests.org/Arrests/Erin_Holmes_39501692/
    She looks so sick in her mugshot. I’m more afraid for that sweet little boy than I am for her now though. I pray this disease won’t be passed down to him. All around sad, horrible situation.

    Posted by Marina | July 20, 2019, 6:08 pm
  32. Ouch, she’s looking rough in her latest mugshot https://florida.arrests.org/Arrests/Erin_Holmes_39501692/

    Posted by Jeanette | July 22, 2019, 6:58 am
  33. Oh no! It’s sad to see she is struggling again. It’s kind of sad to see someone using again after a legacy update.

    Posted by Andy | July 22, 2019, 9:59 pm
  34. Unfortunately it appears Erin was arrested again just a few days ago. So sad I wanted so much for her sobriety. She seemed like a sweet person on the show who got mixed up in a dark world

    Posted by Sandy | September 7, 2019, 11:08 am
  35. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100039885099880

    Here’s her Facebook. I truly hope she is doing better.

    Posted by Stuey | April 10, 2020, 11:24 am
  36. Nope….she is living with my neighbor who allows drug addicts and prostitutes to wander in and out at all hours of the day and night. It has created a toxic environment for residents of the community. Completely unacceptable.

    Posted by Monica Perry | September 19, 2020, 11:12 am
  37. There’s something magnetic in Erin’s vulnerability and sadness and in her tragic beauty. I think about her often and really hope that she is able to find freedom and peace from her addiction. Erin’s son is *the* sweetest little boy; his love is so pure and her love for him is so heartbreaking. I hope they are able to live and grow together in a healthy & clean environment some day soon <3

    Posted by Annette | October 2, 2020, 11:04 pm

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