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Episode 204: Kaeleen

Season 15, Episode 1

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Age: 25
Location: Helena, Montana
Addiction: Alcohol, benzos

What’s Memorable: The opening video diary cam segment, the anorexia photos, how messy and disoriented she gets, the admission to her mom that she sleeps with guys for alcohol money, stumbling down the street after getting booted from a dive bar, trying to convince her ex boyfriend to let her come over. And that cop? Not trained well.

Official Synopsis: Musically gifted, intelligent, and beautiful, everyone assumed Kaeleen was destined for great things. But what nobody knew was that from age four to eleven, Kaeleen was methodically sexually abused. Now Kaeleen lives in her own world of mental anguish. To numb the pain, she self medicates with opiates and alcohol. Her family knows that without help, this girl with so many gifts is destined for an early death.

Original Air Date: March 2016
Interventionist: Ken




Categories: Alcohol, Benzodiazepines, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Ken, Season 15


41 Responses to “Episode 204: Kaeleen”

  1. So glad the show’s back!

    I hope Kaeleen is okay. She went through so much in her life and seemed to have a real death wish. The show didn’t dwell much on it because her addictions were so severe, but a bipolar diagnosis is no small thing. It also looked in some shots like she was losing (pulling out?) her hair. And that moment in the car when she is so disoriented? Yikes. I wonder if Intervention couldn’t even tackle all the issues at play in this episode.

    One thing that really stood out to me was the timeline of Kaeleen’s abuse. Her mother said she raised Kaeleen alone until her daughter was 3. The episode description notes that Kaeleen was “methodically” abused from age 4 to 11. Kaeleen’s mother and stepfather met and married after the abuse but before the case went to trial. Kaeleen referred to finally knowing was a healthy family was like with her new step-family. A&E obviously couldn’t say it outright since he was acquitted, but it’s not too hard to guess the identity of the monster was who abused this talented, smart woman. It turns my stomach that he isn’t in jail, seeing the toll he took on her life.

    Posted by AB | March 7, 2016, 12:14 pm
    • not sure I could figure it out… her bio dad?

      Posted by em | March 7, 2016, 9:09 pm
    • In the episode, her mother explains that a little while ago, Kaeleen had been with a guy who threw her out of his car and left her for dead with a massive head injury. You could see the scar, and I think that’s what left her hair so patchy.

      Posted by Jordy | March 8, 2016, 8:58 am
    • Yeah, I am very unsure as well. Her bio-dad? Or her brothers dad as he was her half-brother and clearly not from the now stepdad. Care to elaborate?

      Posted by Jenn | March 8, 2016, 11:54 am
      • I was thinking a first step-dad–one prior to Glen, the nice man on the show. If Kaeleen was raised by a single mother “to age 3” (as Mom says), abused by “a relative” from ages 4-11, and her mother met&married Glen before the trial, that timeline sounds like there was a different two-parent relationship in those intervening years when Kaeleen was being abused.

        There are some weird edits that seem to be omitting details, such as when Kaeleen suddenly says when she got older she “realized something wasn’t right”, which sounds random and vague unless it was prefaced by “My new stepdad and I got along well at first, but then….”

        Just a thought.

        Posted by AB | March 8, 2016, 12:47 pm
  2. Kinda curious about how it said she was still in treatment or sober living, but only sober since Jan 2016? It was clearly summer when they were filming. No mention of a relapse so I’m assuming maybe she was weaning off benzos or on subs or something? Even tho the Ep discription said she was hooked on opiates I didn’t see her do any in the Ep. Either way – I’m glad to see she’s sober, she seems mad cool and is super talented

    Posted by SLF | March 7, 2016, 1:00 pm
    • I was wondering the same thing. My dad is from Alberta so I drove through Helena in November and it was already very snowy, so it doesn’t make sense…

      Posted by Nicole | March 13, 2016, 2:58 pm
  3. Kaeleen has such a beautiful and bright soul. I could tell she is a very sweet woman who is just grappling with a lot. I would love to hear more of her music- hopefully she records some of it and puts it online.

    Posted by Becky | March 8, 2016, 8:55 am
  4. Wow, lots going on in this episode. It’s good to see that this show is back. Kaeleen is so beautifully unique and self aware, it was really hard to watch her destroy herself. Her level of hurt was so deep. Please be well, Kaeleen!

    Posted by Jordy | March 8, 2016, 9:06 am
  5. Kaeleen’s compelling story aside, I thought this episode was well done and seems like a return to the slower pace and emotional punch of the older episodes. Seeing Ken in tears during this episode brought me to tears too. And Latisha!!! What a happy update. Well done on this one, A&E.

    Posted by Kat R. | March 8, 2016, 9:47 am
    • totally agree! loved the pace! excellent episode 🙂

      Posted by AMD | March 8, 2016, 7:09 pm
    • Agreed, this did feel like a return to old form, in a good way. It might have to do with just having one addict profiled instead of a “double episode” which naturally doesn’t allow for as much depth and feels way over-edited, and those double episodes made up the bulk of last season. Looks like the next episode is a single one too. Hope they keep this up, although I still wish there was more diversity in age and race than there has been the last few seasons.

      Posted by Dizzy | March 9, 2016, 11:31 am
  6. I’m a music-lover who’s particularly obsessed with music, bt either way, i appreciated the music and beauty in Kaeleen’s soul. So glad she is doing well. ❤️

    Posted by Halley | March 8, 2016, 11:17 am
  7. Did anyone else notice that she was pretty wasted for the amount of alcohol she consumed?

    Posted by kristy | March 8, 2016, 2:06 pm
  8. I’ve never seen someone look so broken on this show. You can tell she was just drowning her sorrows with drugs and alcohol and that she was in a lot of emotional pain. She is so beautiful and I hope she continues to be sober and happy

    Posted by Brooke | March 14, 2016, 6:52 pm
  9. She’s in Facebook under Kaeleen Brave.

    Posted by Mand | May 15, 2016, 1:34 pm
  10. Kaeleen reminded me so much of myself, it was painful to watch. The sexual assault, loser guy friends, using and drinking anything, the creativity going to waste, my story exactly. Lots of other people on facebook have said how much she reminds them of themselves too.

    Posted by Holly | June 28, 2016, 6:58 pm
  11. Here is her YouTube page. She is playing music with her old boyfriend.


    Posted by Madeline | September 27, 2016, 5:02 pm
  12. I loved Kaeleen’s music, especially when she was playing her radly painted piano on the sidewalk! Those lyrics, wow. Cut right through to the core, in such an honest way that I haven’t heard in music since Fiona Apple debuted at a young age. I really hope she realizes how amazingly talented, special, beautiful and above all else, WORTHY she is and finds inner peace.
    Sending positive vibrations your way Kaeleen!
    -Hana, 32/f, Seattle, heroin addict in recovery…Day 19.

    Posted by Hana Rosa | December 17, 2016, 2:09 am
  13. About 6 months ago I met Kaeleen. She was traveling with a guy that my boyfriend knows from when we lived in Asheville. My boyfriend and the dude she was with (I will omit names) had kept in contact over the years. They told us that they had checked themselves out of rehab (you can do that if you are of legal age) and were traveling from Florida to Asheville. The guy asked my boyfriend if they could stay with us for a night since we were a good stoping point along their way to Asheville. As soon as they arrived I was on my way to work so I only got about 10 minutes of interaction with them before I left. It was my first time meeting them both. She seemed kinda off but maybe it was because she was so sleepy. I came home after my shift to her asleep and the dude telling me she was “Sick.” They left the next morning pretty early. The dude was telling us all night about how she was “his angel” and how he loved her so much. He was a really sweet guy- just lacking a bit of direction. After the two of them left my boyfriend told me that, based on her symptoms, he thought she was not sick but actually in withdrawl. He said he waited to tell me because he knew I would have made them leave but the dude was his friend and he had already told them they could stay. I definitely do not support that in my family home. Apparently she had talked about how she was going to be on this show throughout the entire time she was awake. I was obviously pissed- but hoped it was not true. I see now that it was- and i’m sorry to see she had already relapsed without even completing her treatment. The dude she was with had his own car- so I guess she wanted to be with him to get out of Florida. The only reason I say that is because the last time we spoke to the guy, she had run away without a trace and he said he was heartbroken. We have not seen nor heard anything since. I came on here to see if there was any news about her recovery since then or anything to make me hope that maybe they both might be alright. It is a lonely and sad life to live and I feel immense sorrow for them both. I can only wish them strength and love through the process.

    Posted by Laura | January 2, 2017, 11:50 pm
    • This is one of the coolest stories on here. It’s usually family, friends, or the addicts that come here to say what they have been up to. Can’t believe she actually stayed in your house!! That’s nuts!

      Posted by Vicky | August 23, 2017, 12:22 pm
  14. I just checked out Kaeleen’s YouTube channel linked above and she’s now making beauty videos and looks great. She’s very pregnant as well. Looks like things are much better for her, thankfully!

    Posted by May | July 31, 2017, 2:47 pm
  15. Kaeleen hasn’t updated her YouTube account in quite awhile which is odd because for while, she was making frequent updates. I hope she didn’t go back to using…

    Posted by Holly | March 27, 2018, 8:28 pm
  16. The absolute lack of any justice for this girl after assault after assault after assault was just so freaking harrowing. I literally couldn’t even watch this episode in one take. The world is screwed if this is what justice looks like. Poor thing, hope she and her child are well

    Posted by Interventionist | April 26, 2018, 9:48 pm
  17. She’s gone back to Montana and unfortunately it seems that she’s relapsed and is living in a camper 😕

    Posted by May | September 4, 2018, 9:50 pm
    • Wow. It’s amazing what someone can get from a video. She said she fell off the wagon and did mushrooms once, and has been sober from everything but marijuana for the last year and seven months.

      Posted by Ami | September 5, 2018, 7:10 am
      • So anyway, in her newest video she admits she’s relapsed and been drinking again. Sometimes you CAN tell from one video when there was a year’s worth of previous videos where she was sober and acting completely differently.

        Posted by May | September 27, 2018, 10:18 am
  18. Yes, in THIS video you can tell for sure.

    Posted by Ami | September 27, 2018, 12:58 pm
  19. Kaeleen is about 3 months pregnant and engaged. It seems like she is currently clean. Yay Kaeleen! Keep it up for yourself and your baby!

    Posted by ALICE | January 4, 2019, 4:05 pm
  20. She posted a goodbye video on her YouTube channel.

    Posted by DEAN0812 | August 8, 2019, 4:19 pm
  21. This girl reminded me SO much of myself before I got into treatment. I’m no expert but she is clearly suffering from BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder). I can spot one from a mile away. The way she used alcohol and drugs and men and didn’t have a care in the world but those things. And how she’s had her eating disorder in the past. How intelligent she was (is). I think that is what made this so hard to watch. Alcohol, benzodiazepines, coke, and molly were all my drug of choice. I had an eating disorder for 8 years or so. It’s so heart wrenching watching someone so beautiful go through the same things I did. You just wanna hug them through the screen and tell them everything is going to be okay. I hope she is doing well now. God bless her.

    Posted by Lolita | August 26, 2019, 9:13 pm
    • Helena Montana is my hometown. Born and lived there 26 years. The thing the show doesn’t talk about is there is a large chunk of the town’s population is wrapped up in some kind of hardcore addiction. Drugs of all types but Meth and Opioids are the biggest next to alcohol. I wish this chick well but sadly in Montana it is rare to see true recovery.

      Posted by Koga Shuko | November 2, 2020, 3:18 pm

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