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Episode 221: Kristie

Season 16, Episode 5


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

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


11 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
  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
  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

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