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Jennifer (Intervention Canada)

Season 16, Episode 1

Age: 35
Location:  Southern Ontario
Addiction: Anorexia, painkillers

What’s Memorable:  I have to say, this one really disgusted me.  The way she has normalized shooting up as a regular part of her young childrens’ daily lives is really troubling to me. Not only does she inject many times a day right in front of them, with them actually sitting next to her asking her questions as she does it, she also leaves the needles lying around on the table and the floor where they’re easily accessible to her kids. I sympathize with Jennifer’s addiction but I cannot sympathize with the level of selfishness and neglect it takes to do that to your kids. And while I also sympathize with her husband, I don’t understand why he can’t at least pick the needles up off the floor or suggest that maybe she go into another room. Ugh, it just all really sickened me. This was some of the most irresponsible, dangerous parenting I’ve ever witnessed. If she couldn’t get clean after treatment, I’m at least relieved to find out that she’s no longer living with her children.

Official Synopsis: A young mother’s eating disorder has been a life-long affliction, now compounded by drug and sex addiction–but to get rid of all of her demons she’ll have to eliminate more than just her food. (Canadian produced.)

Date Aired:  November 2016



Categories: Anorexia, Eating Disorder, Intervention Canada Episodes, Most Disturbing Episodes, Pain Meds, Season 16


21 Responses to “Jennifer (Intervention Canada)”

  1. This episode was very difficult to watch. I can not believe she would shoot up right in front of her kids. Her husband literally should have left her. I am all for rehabilitation but this woman was on a whole other level. I hope she is doing well, everyone deserves to be helped.

    Posted by Sad | September 4, 2017, 4:22 pm
  2. I have seen this epi a few times & it really is disgusting how she has involved her little kids! Not just the needles & shooting up but spitting out her food while they watch also really pissed me off! SO sad! The reality of their dad’s illness adds another tragic layer to the whole mess! It’s probably the saddest Intervention I’ve ever seen!

    Posted by Karen | September 4, 2017, 4:50 pm
  3. I wrote this a few weeks ago in resonse to another post:

    Yes her name is Jennifer – it was a Canadian episode from earlier this year – one that really stayed with me because she made no effort to shield her children. Her husband has a severe bone infection that he needs surgery to help give him a few more years but he refused to do it because he didn’t want to leave her alone with the kids, which means he’d die in a few years. She steals his pain meds and coaxes him on what to tell his doctors, her brother says she’s the best mother he’s ever seen and “she’s so positive with the kids.”

    She shoots pain pills as often as every 15 minutes, in front of the kids – her eldest, 8 yo, jokes about “the needle monster, watches over her and asks if she missed the vein and tells her mother she has to do her best to eat because she chews her food and spits it out, again, in front of her kids. Her daughter is her emotional caretaker. Her son was writhing in pain while she put off taking him to the ER because she couldn’t sit there without shooting up. Hours later she takes him and leaves him alone on the bench while she rushes out to the car to get her fix. Something else seems to be going with him, I think they said he was five but during his crisis was shown with a pacifier in his mouth.

    After she left treatment her family held their bottom lines – I’m hoping her daughter’s emotional wellbeing is addressed.

    Posted by Lhamo55 | September 4, 2017, 4:57 pm
  4. Oh boy where do I begin on this one? I honestly thought this was a made up episode because no one could be this bad, boy was I wrong. I agree with Dizzy this episode is so disgusting in so many ways Idont have words for it. Shooting up in front of her children, stealing with her children, cheating on her husband, throwing up in front of everyone, I mean why has everyone let this go on for so long? Doug should’ve thrown her out at the first sign of her addiction,no questions. I have no hope for this one because she’s so far into her addiction it will take a miracle and good job getting her removed from the home after she left treatment. Her children are too young to truly understand the drug abuse and I hope they’re no longer subjected to their mothers addiction.

    Posted by Janice | September 5, 2017, 12:45 am
  5. This episode portrays the ugly realities of addiction. I agree, it is so uncomfortable to watch.

    Posted by Mallory | September 5, 2017, 5:51 pm
  6. I just watched this and I agree this was very disturbing in so many ways. I always think that as long there is breath in the body, there is hope. However, I’m not sure about Jennifer. Her children are deeply traumatized by this and she oblivious. I do think it shows the reality of most homes that have an addict living in the household. Most addicts don’t care.

    Posted by Jennifer | September 7, 2017, 8:25 pm
  7. Yeah, I saw this one last year and couldn’t believe that she didn’t even attempt to hide it from her children. It made me so sad.

    Posted by Jacey | September 8, 2017, 2:21 pm
  8. Anyone have any updates on her or her kids? I’m glad Doug got custody of them, but I hope she gets better for her husband and kids.

    Posted by LovelyLexi | September 10, 2017, 4:44 pm
  9. Perhaps I don’t know the structure of filming an episode of intervention. But Jennifer And Doug seem like they are not the kind of people that allow cameras Into their living hell.
    What does a&e offer addicts, in order to film?

    I know some want to “show” people what addiction looks like (not realising an intervention is imminent) but Jennifer doesn’t seem to care about much. I dont understand how or why she would agree to have cameras filming her and her family and all of their fucked up despair.

    Posted by Chelsea | September 15, 2017, 12:40 am
    • Considering that neither Jennifer or her husband gave 2 f’s in shielding their children from seeing her doing all of these things (including her family members), I seriously doubt they give a F about “strangers” watching/filming this all go down.

      That right there speaks volumes to me. BOTH of them are to blame when it comes to these children being traumatized from all of this.

      Posted by kitty katt | April 20, 2018, 12:47 pm
  10. He husband passed away October 22, 2017, because he didn’t have the surgery.

    Posted by Catherine | October 27, 2017, 9:42 pm
  11. I have seen episodes that shocked and disgusted me but not like this one. I couldn’t believe she was openly shooting up right in front of her kids like that! The neglect and terrible environment they were livings, ugh. That house was such a mess with her drug use. I was mortified and outraged by it all! I feel so bad for the kids. Their mother had to be removed from the home and their father passed away. I hope the kids now are being well taken care of and getting the support they need so they can go on to lead happy and healthy lives.

    Posted by Hector | February 12, 2018, 11:17 pm
  12. Now that her husband is dead, what happened to her kids?
    She didn’t seem to give a crap about them, shooting up
    right in front of them, not to mention purging and spitting
    her food out in front of them. Those kids are probably
    already ruined. The little boy seemed to be screaming for
    Help! It was so sad

    Posted by Scot Hodson | February 17, 2018, 1:42 am
  13. Does anyone have an update on what happened to the kids and Jennifer now that their father/husband has passed away?

    This episode was beyond disturbing and outrageous. Doug was no better than Jennifer when it came to parenting. He might not have been shooting up, purging, smoking, all at the same time while sitting at the kitchen table, he ALLOWED his kids to witness this day in and day out. Shame on both of them and shame on her family who did nothing either but instead spoke praises of her being like she deserved a Mother of the Year Award.

    This episode has be so pissed off that I could write a book right now because I have so much to say about it.

    Posted by kitty katt | March 26, 2018, 6:00 am

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