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Episode 219: Katie S.

Season 16, Episode 2

Katie S.
Age: 36
Addiction: Heroin, Meth

Official Synopsis: Katie was a beautiful and successful mortgage broker and drug & alcohol counselor whose pride and joy were her two kids. But a devastating breakup resulting in losing custody, and sent Katie into a downward spiral of heroin and meth addiction. Her face is now ravaged from use, and her veins are so damaged that she resorts to injecting anally, aka booty bumping. Katie supports her habit by webcam stripping and prostitution, and her family fears that if she doesn’t get help, the next step will be an OD.

Date Aired:  Nov 2016

Categories: Candy, Heroin, Meth, Season 16


64 Responses to “Episode 219: Katie S.”

  1. I think this was too little too late. No one had a bottom line. Even her son could not move her to stay sober. Despite that, her family all made a great effort.

    I’m surprised that Intervention finally “showcased” an alternative method of using. I had read about it on forums some time ago. Perhaps it will be something that gets more exposure.

    All in all, Katie is a very sad case. I truly hope she finds some peace.

    Posted by michilines | November 29, 2016, 9:14 pm
    • I agree. Katie clearly hadn’t hit rock bottom at the time of airing. And the reason why is because she’s managed to do the virtually impossible – maintain her addiction with no help whatsoever from other people. She pays for her own drugs, rent, utilities, food, etc., she’s not doing anything illegal, and she has no dependent children, codependents or enablers. Therefore, she has no motivation to go to treatment. This is one addict whose rock bottom is likely going to be death.

      Posted by Janelle | December 2, 2016, 2:15 pm
      • She hadn’t hit rock bottom?? Have you ever met anyone who didn’t care about rock bottom and got high regardless ?? I have and it’s unfortunate because she is dead now because of it.

        Posted by Johnathan Owens | December 5, 2016, 10:56 pm
      • Jonathan Owens, no she hadn’t. She hadn’t reached that point where she realises she’s sunk so low that there’s no other option left but to get clean. That likely won’t happen unless she runs out of money to finance her addiction (she’s making enough to pay for her drugs without doing anything illegal), she gets arrested (again, she’s not doing anything illegal to finance the addiction and if she gets busted for possession she’ll be out of jail in less than a week) or she dies.

        Posted by Janelle | December 6, 2016, 12:00 pm
      • YES! You are probably right. However, I will hope for the best for this poor soul.

        Posted by Louise | December 10, 2016, 7:45 pm
      • She is indeed doing illegal things to get her drugs (beyond the obvious one of purchasing and using them) – she admits that she meets up with men to have sex for money. I’m fairly sure that’s prostitution, which isn’t legal in most places.

        Katie’s story really hit me hard just because of her ravaged appearance. She’s one that really used to look like one thing, and now looks totally different.

        Posted by Rachel Evans | April 23, 2017, 8:10 pm
  2. Any updates on what happened to her? I know all the follow up said was that she was in and out of treatment after the intervention, but anything else since then?

    Posted by Jasmine | November 30, 2016, 12:26 am
    • she is my cousin… she was arrested on a drug charge (warrent) and she is in Maricopa County Jail. Next hearing is Jan 11

      Posted by Heidi Hill | January 3, 2017, 8:36 pm
      • I’m so glad she’s in a place where she’s semi safe her story breaks my heart 💔 Jail is second best to a recovery program hopefully they’ll get her into some programs in jail and get a court order for treatment when she’s released.
        She’s in my prayers I can see she’s hurting and hates her life I hope she can see she’s worth more than she is living up to and can find the strength to want to get sober and stay sober!

        Posted by Melissa | January 4, 2017, 8:26 am
      • so sad she seems nice.jail is agood place she can get off dope and hopefully stay off

        Posted by stee | January 25, 2017, 8:12 pm
      • I’m sorry to hear that…it is now Feb 2017…can u updateher status…my heart went out to her
        Thank u, diana

        Posted by diana | February 10, 2017, 6:33 am
  3. That was tough to watch.

    Posted by Laura | November 30, 2016, 3:21 am
  4. Goddamnit this episode , and this woman made me so mad. So many things aboout it soo close to jome. One being she lives in the same neighborhood as me. Two being she reminds me so much of my own mother.

    Posted by Chris M | November 30, 2016, 5:41 am
  5. I think this is the first time Intervention showed a plugger or atleast it was my first time seeing and episode with that ROA. I was wondering if she burnt her lip and or if I missed them discuss it during the episode. It amazes me what meth does to a persons looks. There must be some pretty sick people out there with sexual problems. I can’t imagine how someone could pay to be with a person who looks and acts like Katie does. She was a pretty girl but lets be honest, at this point she looks like a major tweaker full of disease. I had a feeling she wasnt going to make it. She has been going for so long, maybe she won’t OD. It’s a a shame that she left rehab twice. I was eagerly awaiting to see how she looked 3 months later. I know scars are scars but I am sure it would have been a big improvement. I just don’t get it. I am a recovery IV heroin addict and stopped for my children. However, I was a very functional addict and hid it very well. My family was shocked when it finally came out. I don’t see how the love for your children isn’t a big enough motivater to atleast try. I had a very big habit too and fully understand the pain of withdrawal! It’s not an easy thing to do but I just can’t imagine being so selfish as to put your kids through that. To just walk away from them is mind boggling to me and I do understand addiction! I hope she finds her way for her sons sake. One other thing that gets me is how a lot of people blame their parents and if that were the case you are doing the same thing to your own kids. If it messed you up so bad why do that to them?

    Posted by Jen | November 30, 2016, 5:41 am
    • I don’t agree with you. Yes, they are doing it to shock people but is it wrong though?! If someone sees this video, they think: nope, I will never ever try that. I don’t think that is a bad thing. At least I thought that while watching it. I had a troubled life myself but I never got into drugs. The reason why is this video.

      Posted by K. | December 1, 2016, 2:12 am
    • jeez, i am sympathetic toward her because her mother really did fail her at a critical time of life — she feels abandoned because she was. i know firsthand the damage that that does. You are scarred for life and cannot function normally, despite what the know it all, Candi seems to think : “let it go”, get over it, it’s in the past “. No, not when your life has been ruined by other people and you have to suffer with the anxiety, depression, borderline issues and trust problems every single G.D. day. It is most definitely NOT in the past for the victim, brainiac, so stop saying that. With all that in mind, Katie is still a really rotten person because she’s doing the same thing to her child and he will not be right, for his whole life. That kid’s gonna need mega therapy and i feel bad for him. Don’t feel bad for katie anymore, but i feel terrible for the son. what a f__ed up scene.

      Posted by Renee | January 18, 2017, 7:44 am
    • okay, this really needs to be said. The definition of addiction is that you can NOT stop yourself from doing whatever the substance is. It is not a choice. the person is not CHOOSING a drug over their child. They literally cannot help themselves, or stop themselves. Please cease with this “she’s awful for choosing dope over her child.” Or the equally unhelpful “your family should be a good enough motivator for you to stop.” You got lucky, maybe with lots of help, but there are so many sufferers who truly are not choosing this misery — they are locked into it and hating every moment. It makes you do things you would never do before (another definition of addiction).
      Just like regular people need air, food and water, that is how strong the need is for a drug user to have their drug. Jeez, if it was a choice, wouldn’t all of them stop?
      c’mon. I’m just so fed up with the blaming and attacking of the addict. How in the world will that help anything ? Ditto with the guilt. i can tell you it WILL make them worse. I do wish she would not subject her son to the same misery she’s been through, but i also know that if it was easy to stop, she’d have done it already. If it’s so easy to get clean, how come all i hear about is dope addicts on every corner, all over america? And how opiate addicts will relapse a dozen times or more because it’s such a ferocious opponent, it almost can’t be overcome. one other thing, she’s probably terrified of that first step. Its scary to sign on for the suffering that you know is waiting for you.

      Posted by renee | January 18, 2017, 3:46 pm
      • Yes, it is a choice. You choose to do a drug you know you can get addicted to. You choose to do it, repetitively. I’ve been on both sides: the addiction and the educated recovery.

        Just as you choose to get high, you choose to quit.

        Posted by Bran | January 24, 2017, 5:17 pm
      • Good. The entire financial,social,and cultural paradigm is a failure. No matter how many people go the individual problem approach, Addiction is epidemic no matter what the substance or habit involved and it is by design and intent. What kind of society would allow such a systemic crisis to take place? One must ask of themselves tougher questions as to the what behind this “real attack” on human beings. Any system that actual promotes drug abuse,alcohol abuse, child abuse or abuse on any level then hides behind the 1st Ammendment is doomed to collapse which is now an ongoing tragedy. Bottom line is substance and human abuse is about circulating dirty money and innocent human beings pay the price. Cultural decay,abandoning real science,and the needless deaths of untold millions of fellow human beings is tragic and when a person is helped by Intervention, the joy is short lived as too many slip through the cracks of this system collapse.

        Posted by WT | January 24, 2017, 5:40 pm
    • Because it is a mental disorder that we are genetically pre-disposed to. Why the Hell would we INTENTIONALLY ruin our lives, lose our kids, our jobs, marriage, etc?
      Because it’s a disease, like diabetes or cancer and it’s a mental thing.. We didn’t ASK for this ever.That’s how you know.Fuck anybody that thinks it’s a choice to do these things. I hated my mother for doing drugs and drinking, I used to throw her shit down the toilet as a child. I made the choice to hand all responsibility to my child’s father because I used while pregnant and continued on after that.The fact that he cheated on me during the pregnancy is a minor justification. The rest is purely an inability to quit. I’d do anything to have my son back but I simply cannot stop. If I hated my mother so much for doing this shit why would I do the same thing to my child? Because it’s a mental thing. Nuff’ said.

      Posted by Holly | March 12, 2017, 9:08 am
  6. As I was watching last night’s episode, I got to thinking that Intervention had finally crossed the line from informative/educational programming to lurid trash. Made me think the producers of this season used to work for Maury Povich or the National Enquirer.

    Showing 2 naked people engaging in sex acts on camera and showing a woman shoving drugs up her rectum added nothing to the story line and served only to shock or titillate the viewer. We did not need to see footage of webcam sex and we did not need to see a woman shoving something up her poop chute, even if the graphic bits were blurred out. The story would have been just as compelling and effective if those acts were implied or mentioned without being shown. Now, most people who watched the episode will always remember Katie as the webcam stripper butt plug girl and will not be interested in her recovery or her life after the episode aired.

    Posted by Janelle | November 30, 2016, 7:55 am
    • I disagree. Intervention has always been raw. Her rectum was her ROA, that’s the truth, that’s how she gets high. If she shot the dope, they would do a close up of her putting the needle into her arm and show the blood spurting in.
      If she was a prostitute, they’d show her picking up tricks, and play the audio of them in the car doing whatever.
      They show what happens. I don’t think this episode was any different/more disturbing than any other episode.

      Posted by Zena | December 3, 2016, 11:14 am
    • It did not titillate me. It woke me up to the true reality of the addition. This is truly what she is dealing with. Drug use and addiction is hard to watch.

      Posted by Louise | December 10, 2016, 7:49 pm
    • I wholeheartedly disagree with you. Addiction is hideously ugly and to hide that heartbreaking fact is dishonest and misleading. I understand if you are uncomfortable, that makes sense, but this is one example of drug addictions ugly, deadly reality. This hugely sick girl deserves a chance at getting well. It was her truth and it minimize it serves no useful purpose. In fact, i believe to soften this reality to make the viewers comfortable is immensely harmful. Accept this, yes, it’s tough to watch but it’s real, it’s hell!!!! I pray Katie gets the help she’s desperately needs.

      Posted by Stephanie | January 16, 2017, 6:35 pm
    • Brian, dear, we do not ALL choose this crap. I had two near-fatal car wrecks, with severe crushing injuries in multiple places. Dr put me on oxycontin — now mind you i was almost 40 when he did this and had zero knowledge or experience with opiates — yes, this creep made me into an addict and i hope he roasts in hell for eternity. There was most definitely insufficient information given to the patient. The only warning i got was to keep them safe cuz people will steal them. He never said “this will ruin your life” or “you will want to stop but will not be able to.” Obviously, if i knew how bad it was, i would have preferred my suffering then to having it now. I’ve been robbed of 15 yrs of my life and am in hell. And don’t say i haven’t tried. I’ve fought like a tiger, gone to clinics, detoxes and rehab. This is a deadly opponent and incredibly hard to overcome. Even when people do, its’ for a few weeks or years and then fall back in the hole. That other person’s right : we’re living through an epidemic and something needs to be done. Way to go though with the blaming and judgment and guilt — sure that’ll help.

      Posted by renee | January 25, 2017, 5:52 am
      • last time i tried to respond, my comment got kicked back with an error message. This caused two comments to end up here, which i totally did not want. Guess it can’t hurt to reiterate. and i’m happy to stay on the subject of katie, or whomever, but when someone says i wanted this f___ed up life, that i chose it, and it’s my fault, i really have to rebutt. Everybody’s case is different. In my case, i did NOT choose this path — as witness my 40 yrs of normal living with zero awareness of opiates. These doctors should be SHOT.

        Posted by renee | January 27, 2017, 8:03 pm
  7. I just want to know what happened to the first episode….Jennifer…the bulimic, addicted to shooting pain meds?

    This episode…Katie…she’s a mess…I can’t believe how she looks now after doing all those drugs and especially this was the first time I ever seen someone shove heroin up their ass! disgusting….

    Posted by Chicky | November 30, 2016, 9:58 am
    • The first episode (“Jennifer”) was an Intervention Canada repeat. It originally aired in Canada in the 2012-2013 time period. She left treatment after 2 weeks and returned to her family, but her husband filed for divorce and was granted sole custody of the kids. Since the episode is a few years old, I’d be interested to know how she’s doing now.

      Posted by Janelle | November 30, 2016, 11:50 am
      • The episode with Jennifer was utterly shocking to me. I`m not a religious person but I`m praying for those kids. How horrible is that to sit beside your mom while she is shooting drugs? I blame the husband for that actually. I would never ever let my kids see that. I wonder how they are doing.

        Posted by K. | December 1, 2016, 1:13 am
      • My God those poor kids. This was the most shocking episode by far. Why didn’t the family take those kids away sooner??? If that was my niece and nephew I would’ve taken them out of that situation!

        Posted by Kat R. | December 1, 2016, 8:47 pm
      • oh ok…first time it aired in the US though…

        yea I saw that she left treatment after 2 weeks…how sad…especially her shooting up in front of her kids…

        Posted by Chicky | December 2, 2016, 6:44 am
      • I can’t find anything from Intervention Canada (the original and the reboot) that has information regarding this episode. I do not think that it could have been in the 2012-2013 time frame. Jennifer lives in the city next to me, and the ER she took her son too was an addition built onto that hospital that did not open until the end of August 2014.

        Posted by Caitlyn | December 2, 2016, 7:39 pm
    • um, why couldn’t we have sub-titles ? I didn’t understand most of what she “said.” cuz she didn’t speak, she only slurred and mumbled. for reals, we need a translator, please.

      Posted by renee | January 18, 2017, 7:47 am
  8. Well this was a heartbreaker. Her son is so awesome, I hope he can move on.

    Side note I really loved all the music in this episode, both the background music and the song at the end. and the production was good. Good job A&E.

    Posted by Kat R. | December 1, 2016, 3:41 pm
  9. Did Intervention Canada get renewed? Or did that Maureen lady join the U.S. version as one of the interventionists?

    Posted by Janelle | December 3, 2016, 2:19 pm
    • Idk where to comment about this but the recent episode of intervention Canada about Robbie was probably the most amazing transformation I’ve seen on this show. The dentist who volunteered to fix his teeth was amazing. He looks like a whole new man now, and pretty handsome at that. I really hope he succeeds!

      Posted by Nicole | February 12, 2017, 5:17 pm
  10. First time commenting. This episode was rough. I truly felt bad for the son. I’m happy he had people in his life that cared about him

    Posted by Alfred Feoli | December 7, 2016, 5:09 pm
  11. Sometimes you HAVE to take an objective step away from a situation and REALLY look at it, and REALLY understand what the outcome is going to be, no matter how sad the outcome is…..some people CAN NOT be saved…..sorry…not EVEYONE can be saved….it’s just a fact of life….this episode is a perfect example….I saw it from minute ONE and knew it right away….very sad, for all involved….but hey….take a step back….realize that yeah, shit like her situation happens, every day…they’re just not usually featured on “intervention”….the show usually gives us at least a glimmer of hope, even if the addict relapses 2 days after rehab….this was not one of those episodes….for that fact, I think THIS episode was one of the more REAL episodes the show has ever done….again, very sad, but ultimately, all too real. ….

    Posted by Mark | December 10, 2016, 5:02 am
  12. Hey Dizzy, Candy was the interventionist, not Donna.

    You don’t have to post this comment, I just wanted to clear that up!

    Posted by Duchess | December 11, 2016, 11:01 pm
  13. I just watched this episode and I really have to disagree with the other comments here. To me, when I see how bad Katie’s addiction is, all I can think about is how much pain she must be in to sink to such lows.

    She’s been abandoned by everyone who’s ever mattered to her (including when her mom shipped her off to rehab as a teen). Yes, she looks horrible and lives in squalor doing unimaginable things to survive. But every time one of her family members talks about how “she used to be so beautiful” or treats her with revulsion it only reinforces the narrative that she’s damaged goods, hopeless, and irredeemable.

    To me, her addiction has nothing to do with selfishness and everything to do with insurmountable pain. IMO if she wasn’t high 24/7 she’d probably have committed suicide. This girl doesn’t (just) need a rehab. She needs long term inpatient mental health treatment. Like years long.

    The idea of her going to a 60 to 90 day rehab and then coming out and being a mother to two children is a fantasy. I think the only thing that would ensure her survival and possible happiness at this point is long term care.

    I also want to say that of course it’s horrible that she abandoned her children. Clearly, she never should have had them. She’s only perpetuating the circle of dysfunction that helped her get where she is now. But how many people have children and then totally screw them up. This is a problem that runs deeper in society.

    Posted by lazylady | December 20, 2016, 4:44 pm
    • <3 I love your perspective. I agree.

      Posted by Stephanie | January 3, 2017, 10:25 pm
    • I agree strongly that she needs long-term care and mental help. Unfortunately, “recovery” in the States is limited to unstudied, religious programs. I wish long-term mental health treatment were part of recovery programs, but it’s all Jesus dressed up in higher-power woo magic. And that, frankly, sucks.

      I do not agree with your statement that “She’s been abandoned by everyone who’s ever mattered to her.” At all. She has a room filled with people doing an intervention on her. She hasn’t been abandoned.

      Posted by Rachel Evans | April 23, 2017, 8:29 pm
  14. Good point Lazy

    Posted by Dewey | December 24, 2016, 12:43 am
  15. How is katie doing today im watching the showright now as i type praying everything is good with her.

    Posted by Wanda Williams | January 3, 2017, 5:17 pm
  16. Brian, you couldn’t be more wrong. Please don’t lump all addicts together. I had a normal, drug free life for 40 yrs. then i had a near fatal wreck and my dr put me on oxycontin. He never gave me adequate information. The only warning i got was to keep the meds safe cuz they cud be stolen. This criminal robbed me of 15 yrs of my life. Only God knows how much i’ve suffered and lost because of this hideous disease. And, no, i did NOT choose it. And i’ve done everything a person can do to try and get better. The relapse rate for opiate problems is so high because it is a devastatingly strong opponent — extremely hard to overcome. If it was so easy to be well, we’d see recovered people everywhere. Instead, what i see is huge amounts of people suffering just like i am. There is an epidemic — and i believe it’s caused BY the doctors. Great way to ensure profits — create a captive audience who always returns because they HAVE to. And, yes, i tried detox, clinics, meds, rehab and i’m still struggling. If it ws so easy to choose and get wellness, we’d all be well, wouldn’t we ? way to go tho, with the blaming, guilt and judgment…. that’ll really help people like me, i’m sure.

    Posted by renee | January 27, 2017, 7:58 pm
    • I had a tumor (chloroma) in my L4 vertebrae that broke my back over months. I was in so much pain and could barely walk. I couldn’t have dealt without the OXY. They prescribed it when they discovered the cancer. I assume your wreck was similar pain. What would you have suggested to treat acute pain at that time? I’m just curious because people want to blame the Dr, but they use what they have and then it gets bashed in the media. Then those of us who really need it can’t get relief and are left to suffer. Living with pain leads to mental illness and thoughts of suicide…And sadly they fall so deep they end it. many chronic pain patients, vets especially, are now turning to street drugs because their doctors are scared. So over regulating is making the pendulum swing the other way. I don’t want to get ugly, just honestly curious what would have worked for you.

      Posted by CC | January 31, 2017, 9:31 pm
      • the pendulum has swung in large part because of people like Michael Jackson, Prince, Heath Ledger…. don’t blame poor little me who is completely anonymous and has never made a public statement about my pain meds until just now.
        There’s plenty you DON’T know — you certainly don’t know my medical history, and you don’t know ME, so please stop finger pointing. Every word i’ve said is gospel truth and i fail to see how you can make me the bad guy here. Enough. Please. I’ve been through enough.

        Posted by Renee | February 1, 2017, 2:22 pm
  17. Good luck Katie. Anyone know her last name

    Posted by Dewey | January 28, 2017, 11:18 pm
  18. does anyone have any updates on her?

    Posted by ash | January 31, 2017, 12:56 pm
  19. Not sure if it’s same Katie on here. Someone posted tht she’s in jail in Florida

    Posted by Dewey | January 31, 2017, 10:30 pm
  20. Correction in jail in Arizona

    Posted by Dewey | January 31, 2017, 10:33 pm
  21. Katie is my cousin.. my mom is Aunt Julie on the show. Katie was in jail due to an outstanding warrant. she was probably in jail 2 weeks. when she got out, she reached out to me and said she’s 30+ days sober. This was about 3 weeks ago now, and as far as I know she’s still sober. Countinued positive vibes sent my family’s way is welcome 🙂

    Posted by Heidi Hill | January 31, 2017, 10:35 pm
  22. Heidi Hill your mom rocks. Very smart and caring.

    Posted by Az | January 31, 2017, 10:42 pm
  23. i’m listening but i still blame him. I was NOT properly warned about the severe danger. I’d have preferred to be on ES motrin, or to outright suffer, than to lose 15 yrs of my life to this living hell of opiate addiction. I was robbed of 15 yrs of my life !!! doesn’t THAT matter ? And it can’t be something i did because i never picked up — i was a clean individual leading a normal life for 40 yrs. Look, that dr is living in a mansion, eating caviar, and i’m sick as a dog half the time, can’t work, depressed enough to die — do YOU think this is fair ?? cuz i don’t. So, yeah, i woulda preferred to chug jack daniels after the wreck than go through the subsequent hell which is, BTW, never ending. Stop blaming the victims !!

    Posted by renee | February 1, 2017, 7:13 am
    • No one is blaming you. You answered my question…Jack Daniels. Thanks!

      Posted by CC | February 1, 2017, 7:53 pm
      • Lmao I had the same thought. Everyone wants to blame the doctor, but in some cases, it’s just bad luck. Accident + brain chemistry = addiction. I am a heroin addict with pain problems currently on methadone. For someone like Katie I would recommend giving it a try and it has saved my life.

        Posted by Nicole | February 12, 2017, 5:13 pm
  24. They are taking about Katie who is the the one being treated there (not the other girl)

    Posted by Flo | February 11, 2017, 5:04 am
  25. my cousin Katie is back using 🙁

    Posted by Heidi | February 12, 2017, 1:04 pm
  26. I have been on this site for awhile and am very grateful to Dizzy for keeping it up and running! After watching Katie’s episode, I thought that this one of the most disturbing ones and wondered if she was considered to be added to that category?

    I truly hope that Katie is able to find healing and sobriety. I can only imagine how many people she helped when she was a drug and alcohol counselor.

    Posted by Serena | February 18, 2017, 2:08 am
  27. Really sad. Katie is so smart. She’s the only drug abuser that figered way to support herself. Imagine if she used that brain and knowledge for some thing legal. Hope she does get clwan. Brian is a amazing kid and he deserves better.

    Posted by Flo | March 5, 2017, 12:32 am

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