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Episode 221: Kristie

Season 16, Episode 5

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Kristie
Age: 31
Location:  Macedon, New York
Addiction:  Alcohol, inhalants (duster)

Official Synopsis:  Kristie dreamed of being a museum curator and was getting her masters degree at Johns Hopkins University. But a childhood diagnosis of OCD caused by anxiety, worsened and caused her to drop out of school and begin to self medicate with alcohol. Though she married three years ago, her addiction ultimately spiraled out of control to include a large mix of drugs and huffing. She’s been admitted to the hospital several times this year alone and after her husband divorced her, Kristie hit rock bottom and now her family fears that without help, she will soon die. Ken Seeley is Kristie’s Interventionist.

Date Aired:  Dec 2016
Interventionist: 
Ken

Categories: Alcohol, Inhalants, Ken, Mental Problems, OCD, Season 16

Discussion

40 Responses to “Episode 221: Kristie”

  1. This was an important episode because it shows how people with mental illnesses (in this case OCD) often turn to alcohol or drugs to self-medicate and help themselves cope. And it hopefully can serve as a wake-up call to governments and public agencies that we need to reform the way we deal with mentally ill people in this country. We need more state-sponsored psychiatric hospitals, more social services for the mentally ill and provide better access to medications to treat mental illness.

    Posted by Janelle | December 16, 2016, 8:31 am
    • Not to reply to jewellery but I’m commenting on this show with Kristie. I find it oddly cold how nobody commented on her verbal abuse to her mother! I HATE ALCOHOL for reasons such as this. Alcoholics blame everyone but them. It’s so sommonly seen even in my own life. “Don’t control them” your controlling, yeah wait in til they bash there head in by falling or get in there car to drive drunk. This is why there controlled. THEY cause the ambulance to come,the police to come. I see a beautiful women in Kristie but I also see a side of her that ishe I’ll and wants everyone to laugh at her jokes,meanwhile an hr. Passes at her jokes and she’s verbally assaulting you! My point is she has a bit of mental illness and she needs to nuture herself. Not just for her,but for god and her parents whom love her. She looked her best in FL…to bad she didn’t stay and grow from there!

      Posted by Carol | March 28, 2018, 7:18 pm
  2. While I wouldn’t use that vulgar name, I too was wondering where the sister was coming from. It was very apparent that the sister wanted to deflect blame from her parents to Kristie’s friend.

    I was very relieved that Ken talked the friend (I think her name was Hillary?) into coming back in. I’m not sure I would have done the same in the face of such hostility — especially since the sister wasn’t presented in any of the earlier parts. Perhaps there was a reason for that.

    I agree with Janelle. The problems of mental health have fallen to families and law enforcement. The former lacks the skills to deal and the latter only use force. There has to be a way to help. If only the psychiatric community would step up and demand that this population — whether wealthy or poor — be helped — if just to help us all.

    Probably not going to happen in the near future unfortunately.

    Posted by Michilines | December 16, 2016, 10:34 pm
    • Nope, probably not. President Obama didn’t think it was important enough to address, and neither did his predecessors G.W. Bush, Clinton, G.H.W. Bush, Reagan, Carter, etc.

      BTW, your subtle dig at Trump in the last sentence wasn’t so subtle…I saw right through it.

      Posted by Janelle | December 19, 2016, 7:58 am
      • Actually, the reduction of state sponsored support for families with mentally ill family members started with President Reagan. But for him, this television show would probably not exist.

        Many — most –of the people this tv program exploits — need the help that existed before Reagan.

        I would argue that because President Obama put so many LGBQ issues at the forefront that your including him in your criticism is unwarranted.

        Posted by michilines | December 19, 2016, 10:19 pm
      • Lordy, if you saw right through THAT “dig at Trump,” it really must have rung true then…..huh?

        I won’t hold my breath waiting for Trump to lift one finger to aid in the mental health/substance abuse crisis in this country. I do hope I’m wrong…but politicians of a certainnnn variety have a funny way of equating any government initiative with the “socialism” boogeyman.

        Posted by A | January 7, 2017, 2:18 am
    • Hi, just wanted to reply to your comment regarding Kristie’s sister Kate and her friend Hillary. Kristie and Hillary are no longer friends, nor have they been since Kristie entered rehab and for very good reason!! I can’t share the story due to legalities, but Hillary was an extremely bad influence on Kristie. When Kristie left the house with Hillary, she was straight, when she was dumped off by Hillsry, she was higher than a kite!!!! Hillary wanted her 15 minutes of fame!! What good friend would have taped another going to the bathroom on a car and send it in knowing the nation would see it?? Hillary is long gone thank God, but her sister Kate is still by her side!!!

      Posted by Mary | March 25, 2018, 6:14 pm
      • Hi Mary,

        I’m happy to hear that Kristie is doing well. I had such a bad feeling about her “friend” Hillary and I guess you just proved to me I was right. There was just something about her that made me feel like she wasn’t really into this for Kristie’s sake but for her own personal motives. She came off that way to me, anyway. Thanks for the updates on Kristie and keep them coming….she has a lot of people rooting for her!!!!

        Posted by kitty katt | March 31, 2018, 3:50 pm
  3. Annette, it’s clear that you are not in the camp of helping.

    Dizzy, I can’t believe that you let that derogatory term get another life here.

    While Janelle worries over imagined insults to a man, the real insult to all women stays.

    Posted by michilines | December 19, 2016, 10:28 pm
  4. It has hard to get a good read on Kristie because she was so intoxicated for a lot of the show, but I nonetheless got the sense that she felt a lot of disappointment in herself & anxiety about facing both her past and the future….regrets about where she ended up, anxiety about facing the hole she may feel she dug for herself.

    As a person with anxiety issues…and some more moderate OCD & addiction ones as well, I could just be projecting here. Either way, I hope Kristie continues on the road to recovery and finds peace.

    Posted by A | January 7, 2017, 2:13 am
  5. Going to the bathroom on a car was right up there with anally injecting heroin

    Posted by Dewey | January 8, 2017, 6:38 pm
  6. How do we find out how she’s doing now? Back to NY AMA scares me…

    Posted by Misha | February 3, 2017, 5:06 pm
  7. How is Kristie now? I hope she didn’t go back to New York. Hang in there girl!

    Posted by Nurse Sugar | March 21, 2017, 8:04 pm
  8. Hi, it’s me Kristie. I appreciate the support from some of you. I did go back to NY but I’m doing amazing. I’ll have one year in a week or so. I am so not the person in my episode. I can’t even believe some of the things I said\did, omg!

    Posted by Kristie | August 3, 2017, 12:29 am
    • Hi Kristie
      I just watched your episode and was inspired by your courage.
      I am so pleased to see you are doing well.
      I know how hard it is to live with mental illness, my anxiety drove my to drugs and alcohol at my worst times. It was so great to see an episode of intervention tackling this issue.
      All the best!

      Posted by Michaela | August 5, 2017, 7:53 pm
    • Keep it up. I want to see you in another 5 or 6 years telling us all about your success since then.

      Posted by Matt | August 5, 2017, 9:55 pm
    • God Bless you Kristie; stay strong and my prayers for you and your family!!

      Posted by Cindy Slim | August 30, 2017, 9:16 am
    • Oh my goodness thank you for the update! I know I’m a stranger, but I’m pulling for you. Stay strong and thank you so much for being an inspiration.

      Posted by Betty | January 19, 2018, 10:38 am
  9. Congrats Kristie! I’m praying for you everyday! Sobriety looks great on you

    Posted by Kim | August 29, 2017, 4:50 pm
  10. Your story is an amazing journey, Kristie. Thank you for sharing. May you hold The Promises near your heart always. ????????❤️

    Posted by Sarah | November 14, 2017, 9:11 pm
  11. Woo hoo! That is so amazing Kristie bless you and try to keep it up 🖤

    Posted by Brandi | January 16, 2018, 2:05 pm
  12. I wish I could post a picture for everyone!! Kristie truly looks amazing!!!!!!!

    Posted by Mary | March 25, 2018, 6:28 pm
    • Would love to see a pic of her. She looked fantastic at the end of her episode! Maybe Intervention will do an update on her (like they do with many “alumni”). I read they’re going back to the original format (after the Atlanta “heroin triangle” of season 18, which was an interesting twist IMO). I imagine they’ll bring back the Skype conversations (interventionist/recovering addict).

      Posted by Jeff | April 19, 2018, 2:27 pm
  13. On a slightly different subject, Kristie appears one of the very few individuals who don’t smoke cigarettes. I believe Allison (season 4) is also a non-smoker. But there are very few of them it seems. It interests me because I’m a recovering oxycodone addict, and have never touched a cigarette. Are there any others?

    Posted by Jeff | March 31, 2018, 5:00 am
    • Kristie was a smoker, though not heavy. She has used nicotine gum for years. She will smoke a cigarette on occasion but truly was never one of her addictions.

      Posted by Mary | March 31, 2018, 1:12 pm
      • Is there a way to start a separate discussion on this? I thought it was strange how when I was going through rehab from opioids 10 years ago, I was one of TWO (120 were there) who never touched a cigarette. From Intervention, I can only think of Allison (duster, season 4) and John Carstens (diabetic, RIP). I thought Kristie was also a non smoker because she was never shown with a cigarette. Maybe the bulimics? Seems like I’m the only hardcore recovering opioid/alcohol/benzo/meth/barbiturate, etc addict who never smoked cigarettes. Sorry, it just intrigues me…

        Posted by Jeff | March 31, 2018, 3:50 pm
        • I think it’s because smoking is an addiction that most people pick up at a very early age and it’s usually the first thing that they try which either sticks with them or doesn’t. As we move on in age, we pick up other addictions and just add on to the ones we started out with and continue with.

          Posted by kitty katt | March 31, 2018, 3:58 pm
    • MEEEEEE! I am a recovering addict from prescription pain killers after several sports related injuries. I will have 5 years clean on Sep. 2nd 2018. I have never smoked either. When I was first in recovery I was the only person in the entire group who did not smoke. you are right it is very rare to see a non-smoking addict. I have always found that very interesting as well. congrats on your sobriety!

      Posted by Katlyn | June 11, 2018, 10:54 am
      • Thank you so much! Great to know there are other (albeit few) addicts who hate cigarettes. Congrats on your sobriety as well! I will be 10 years clean from opioids in September. NEVER want to deal with that again…

        Posted by JEFF | July 24, 2018, 12:54 pm
    • MEEEEEE! It is very rare to see an addict who does not smoke. I will be 5 years clean from prescription painkillers on September 2nd, 2018. When I was in treatment I was the only one (out of 30) who did not smoke. I have always found that strange but, I guess like a lot of people said its just another addiction. congrats on your sobriety!

      Kristie I am so glad to hear you are doing so well. congrats!

      Posted by Katlyn | June 11, 2018, 11:02 am
  14. I truly hope you are doing well Kristie. Your family was very brave and so were you. I hope you all have gotten the help you need to heal, it was so sad to see so much pain. You sound extraordinary, I bet you are kicking butt out there and have a bright future ahead. Keep working at this, it’s a journey, we all have to work on ourselves every day. Best of luck to you and your family.

    Posted by Megan | May 2, 2018, 3:59 am
  15. Kate (Kristie’s sister) said something like “She’s a nurse, she would know” during the pre-intervention in response to Hillary mentioning the risks of alcohol withdrawal. The show portrayed Hillary as being a close, loyal friend to Kristie, driving her to her court hearing and praying with her before she went in, also refusing to buy her alcohol during the drive there, only to buy her a bottle of vodka later. I can absolutely see where Mary’s coming from, saying that Hillary is both good and toxic to Kristie. I’m guessing that a lot (if not most) of the Kate footage was cut, because her only “big scene” is the pre-intervention, and she comes across as nasty and condescending, when we probably don’t know what was going on (just how enabling Hillary really was, Kate’s experiences with everyone, etc). This is an episode I’d love to see what was cut, because it looks like the whole story was glossed over rather poorly.

    And if Hillary is a nurse, I don’t know why she’d enable at all, unless she was easily manipulated or thought withdrawal was too dangerous for her close friend. And if they were such good friends, why didn’t she stick around after Kristie got sober?

    Posted by Jeff | August 24, 2018, 4:54 am
  16. There are plenty of nurses who are crazy, alcoholics and drug addicts and enablers. Robin Norwood mentions this in her book, Women Who Love Too Much. Women who themselves are codependent/enablers are attracted to “helping” professions. And there’s a high instance of alcohol and drug abuse in this profession. I met soooooo many nurses/former nurses in AA over the years. One women’s meeting was around 70% nurses…seriously.

    Posted by Tobie | August 24, 2018, 7:09 pm

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