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Episode 211: Ginjer

Season 15, Episode 11ginjer-intervention

Ginjer
Age: 28
Location: St Augustine, Florida
Addiction: Dilaudid

What’s Memorable: First of all, Ginjer is awesome. So self-aware, honest, smart, funny. One of the most likable addicts this show has profiled. I think sobriety will suit her well and she’s gonna make a great life for herself. That said, I was not a fan of the way this episode was edited. They focused almost entirely on the whole sugar baby thing which, as upsetting as it was, was likely not the only aspect of her addiction that was worth showing. There was very little interaction with her family, so it’s hard to know how it affected them or how invested they were in her getting sober. Did the audience really need to witness multiple client interactions? Not to mention the audio – I can’t even believe they’re doing that now. This isn’t a show that’s supposed to titillate viewers and I really think they focused on that aspect of Ginjer’s story for that reason – because it was provocative. Come on A&E, we know you can do better than that, and you certainly could have done better by Ginjer.

Official Synopsis:  Ginjer is a professional Sugar Baby who trolls ‘dating’ websites to maintain a severe Dilaudid addiction. Once a top contender to become a Naval Officer, Ginjer has fallen so far that she juggles ‘men who pay’ to keep the drugs flowing. Ginjer’s family is desperate, fearing she is on the fast track to an early death.

Date Aired:  June 2016
Interventionist: 
Ken

Categories: Dilaudid, Ken, Medical Problem, Most Likeable Addicts, Pain Meds, Season 15

Discussion

25 Responses to “Episode 211: Ginjer”

  1. Man…Ginjer’s story is truly sad. She went through so many set backs & trauma in her life. She was really crying out for an intervention. I haven’t teared up during many of these Interventions (the last was Anne, her husband, & daughter Blaze), but watching Ginjer’s pain & agony of her life was really heartbreaking. That man Percy also has issues, despite speaking in a calm, peaceful tone & wanting to save her. You can tell immediately he was latching on to her for whatever issues he has, after only being together for 5 months…and also meeting her through that hookup website. I knew the outcome that happened would happen (don’t want to spoil for anyone who hasn’t watched yet).
    The most disturbing parts were the “noises” during Ginjer’s meetings with men. I don’t remember any other episodes where moaning & things were played?? Very cringeworthy!

    Posted by KJ | June 19, 2016, 9:47 pm
  2. Wow, Ginjer was one of few addicts on this show that was truly truly READY to take on recovery and really just needed a push. I really have high hopes for her. She really seems like the posterchild for how horribly involvement with the criminal justice system (in addition to drugs) can ruin someone’s life. I don’t see this girl being a “sugar baby” if she did not have to disclose having a felony on job applications – she’s way more intelligent and talented than that and could totally have a “real” well-paying job. I definitely don’t know what the answer is (and I’m not qualified to find one), but I think this exemplifies how having a felony on your record marks you with a scarlet “A” and pushes people to go back to drugs or crime due to no other legal means.

    Go Ginjer!

    Posted by Dr.LT | June 20, 2016, 6:38 pm
    • As much as I hope and pray for this person for a sober and happy life, I can’t share putting the blame on the employment application. Many poorly screened people who get into sensitive positions take actions that put other people at risk. Felonies shouldn’t exclude them from all jobs, but yes, from some jobs – at least for 10 years.

      Posted by COMMENTER | July 10, 2016, 7:20 pm
  3. This was a sad episode but glad to see that Ginjer “gets” it.
    My heart goes out to Percy because he is effective up in his own right. He basically was continuing his first date with Ginjer; getting something from her to make himself feel better.

    I hope that she is in better touch with her family. It’s kind of messes up that there had been little correspondence.

    Glad to see Ken back.

    Posted by Theresa | June 21, 2016, 10:59 am
  4. I think Percy is a sweetheart and has a lot of love and dedication. I have a couple of issues like needing a hip replacement, etc and I have given up on finding someone who will help me through. Percy is just the kind of person I wish for. Percy is you’re out there and she is still doing what she was doing, there is a strong, loving and loyal woman who would love to meet you.

    Posted by Kathi Ingram | June 23, 2016, 9:33 am
  5. Dilaudid is a new addiction to me I want to know morea…

    Posted by justice | June 24, 2016, 2:38 pm
  6. This was a really interesting episode. I liked how honest Ginjer was about her addiction and you could tell she really wanted to get sober – she just needed the push to do so.

    I had a feeling the relationship with Percy wouldn’t last. He seemed really nice, but you know he had to have some issues of his own to be okay with his girlfriend having sex with other men for money. Interestingly, I saw Ginjer’s Facebook page. Most of the information is private, but it does say she is in a relationship with someone else already. She looks clean and sober and from some of the comments it sounds like she is no longer in Florida.

    Posted by Becky | June 26, 2016, 4:31 pm
  7. Totally agree with the whole audio thing… Although it wasn’t quite as bad as the Samantha episode – still !! Its unnecessary and not to mention who wants to hear that… Its borderline pornographic!

    Posted by Shelbylee | July 9, 2016, 10:51 am
  8. This guy Percy attempted to come across as passive, gentle and understanding. As ken implied “b.s” – stand up, show strength, help ginger to become strong, not “gee, I’ll hold her hand to the grave”
    That having been said, ginger is highly intelligent, self aware, and got the push she needed to turn her life around.i think she will do it and become a positive force: the best to her

    Posted by David n | July 22, 2016, 4:23 pm
  9. I didn’t watch this episode for the reasons mentioned in the above comments. I’m not interested in a focus entirely on the selling sex piece of her story and you could tell from the preview, that’s where they were going. Not surprised to hear sexual sounds were included but very disappointed. One of the things I love about this show is that it isn’t overly graphic.

    Posted by Elsie | September 18, 2016, 1:30 pm
  10. The sounds were not needed at all but I know exactly why they focused on the sugar baby thing so much . A sugar baby is a prostitute as they too are trading sex for money and it is illegal in every state except certain areas of Nevada . The only difference is that Ginjer was not on a dangerous street corner or in a alley and she didn’t have a pimp . While prostitution over the internet or being a sugar baby is considered safer than standing on a street it is still plenty dangerous, degrading , dysfunctional and in her case it was to pay for her drug habit and bills.There were scenes where she was setting up dates with Percy and children in her house and they even had to leave at least once so a john could meet her for sex in her house . She has no way to know if these men are violent criminals , sex offenders or going to hurt her in her home and hurt others coming into the home .
    There are cases all the time of sex workers getting assualted or murdered by dates the meet on Craigslist , Facebook and dating sites . Sex workers are more prone to violence and murder than anyone working at even a bar or office .It did play into her addiction and the awful dysfunction within her family but I am disappointed they didn’t state that this behavior is dangerous or put any statistics up about the crime rates against people supporting themselves by this type of “job”. Certainly not ever right when children are in the home visiting even if they leave . But again the sound was not needed .

    Posted by marcy lily | November 3, 2016, 1:50 am
  11. Percy u deserve so much better i wish I had met u b4 the strugges ubr battleing. Amazing is the only word. Prayers for the kids and u.

    Posted by Brisco 40 | November 27, 2016, 6:42 am
  12. My hope is that Ginjer has overcome her addictions and is living the healthy and happy life that she deserves.

    Drug addiction is an epidemic in the US and the negative impact it has on the lives of the addicts along with their loved ones is horrible.

    The interventionist made an interesting comment regarding Percy and that he was addicted as well… too Ginjer.

    I am a little surprised by some of the comments regarding Percy and the lack of empathy shown to him. If the way the show portrayed the relationship was accurate, not only did he take care of Ginjer and the kids in doing things for them, but he also supported her emotionally, and one can only assume helped financially as well.

    And then once Ginjer gets clean and sober, seemingly, if accurate, she leaves him.

    I hope that Percy has gotten help with figuring out why he would chose to love and stay with an addicted person who was a complete user, abuser and monster to him.

    Posted by S. Agnew | November 27, 2016, 8:50 am
  13. I agree KJ I’ve never heard moans on other episodes either they could of put it in caption

    Posted by Prbeauty | December 13, 2016, 3:24 pm
  14. Jeebus H Christ, get the full story before expressing sympathy for someone. This woman didn’t get into trouble for a hit and run once, or even twice. Try THREE times. What happened to three strikes? She doesn’t need treatment, she needs prison. And a lot of it.

    http://florida.arrests.org/search.php?fname=ginjer&lname=&fpartial=True

    Posted by Nomen Nescio | March 17, 2017, 4:11 pm
  15. I believe this is her and she looks to be doing really well!

    https://www.facebook.com/ginjerullman

    Posted by Beth | August 17, 2017, 1:19 pm
  16. Looks like Ginjer was subjected to sexual abuse while in prison:

    http://www.miamiherald.com/news/special-reports/florida-prisons/article49175685.html

    She filed a lawsuit against them. I wonder what the verdict was?

    https://www.leagle.com/decision/infdco20170515h68

    Posted by Kristina | February 18, 2018, 3:58 pm
    • She was also scamming old men to send her money in prison and walked out with thousands of it. It doesn’t include the amount she made off selling contraband while there too.

      Posted by kitty katt | March 1, 2018, 1:16 pm
  17. She got married last year (not to Percy) and looks fantastic. Sober and clean.

    https://www.facebook.com/ginjerullman

    Posted by Kitty Katt | July 30, 2018, 10:49 pm

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