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Jennifer (Intervention Canada)

Season 16, Episode 1

Jennifer
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
Interventionist:
Maureen

 

 

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

Discussion

34 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
  14. This was a very painful episode to watch. A friend I grew up with lived in a home just like this. He and his three siblings were constantly witnessing the mother shoot up and bring in strangers to have sex with while the husband would work and then come home and drink his denial away. I always knew it was happening, but I was a little kid too and felt helpless. Watching this episode literally had me yelling at the screen at every single adult that was too selfish to step up for those kids. Call services against that family so those kids can have some hope of a life. I know what happens to a kid who isn’t rescued. My friend died of a heroin overdose at 13 years old. That’s what happens to these kids. I hope the show producers understand that if they walk into a situation like this, they need to stop filming and get services immediately to remove the kids. This one was too far and frankly, unforgivable.

    Posted by Casey | April 29, 2018, 5:35 pm
    • In this particular intervention, the interventionist does tell Doug that they children will not be going back home if Jennifer refuses treatment. My understanding from previous episodes and a few shows of Dr. Phil’s that I’ve seen about similar situations such as this is that when they film what is going on or they are made aware by credible proof then they (Dr. Phil, Interventionists, etc.) have the right to withhold a child from leaving with their parent/provider to go back to the place that is uninhabitable for them. They are then mandated to report EVERYTHING and nothing can then be disputed as it’s all on tape. I also read that the filming of the children in most episodes is usually done first in different pieces and then edited to last throughout the show. They limit the time these kids are around it while being filmed. Also, I read that the staff and producers clearly keep their eyes on the children at all times and try to prevent any harm (physically) coming their way. For example, many times the producers will tell the addict that they cannot allow them to drive because they are completely intoxicated therefore they take their keys and have someone else pick them up.

      Family, people, friends, and kids can say everything is fine and dandy just so the addict doesn’t get in trouble and the kids don’t get taken away.

      With it being on film, there is no denying what anyone of us saw so that’s the smoking gun in this situation.

      I’ve seen a few Intervention episodes similar in the sense that if the addict doesn’t go get help then these children will not be returning to the home they shared as there is some kind of law the interventionist must adhere to.

      In Jennifer’s case, she bailed out of treatment so she was removed from the home where her husband and kids were living in. If he took her back, the kids would be gone.

      Posted by kitty katt | April 30, 2018, 5:11 pm
  15. I’m seriously praying for her children, especially her daughter Jordyn, who is old enough to comprehend everything that is going on around her. The Needle Monster!? “I need you to try to eat, Mommy”… this poor girl is going to need extensive therapy to be able to cope with this level of trauma and dysfunction this early in her life.
    I have never been so disgusted and outraged with a participant on this show. I am frustrated that Jenn’s husband was so complacent and enabling- I wonder what the family is doing now that he’s passed on.

    Posted by Shellsea | May 4, 2018, 9:34 am
  16. Honestly the indoor smoking upset me more than anything.

    Posted by Jorge | May 23, 2018, 8:36 pm
  17. Has Doug really passed?

    For the life of me I can’t understand the logic behind his reason for not getting the surgery. He doesn’t want to leave the children with Jennifer?? What do you think is going to happen WHEN he dies from not getting the surgery? Either they will still end up with her or if someone comes to their senses and finally does take them away from her they will either end up with family or in a foster home. I would think for the children’s sake he would have had the surgery and made sure they were left with family or at this point a foster home would have probably been safer then leaving them with her. Why wouldn’t you do that for the sake of your own children? Now what?

    Posted by Kitty Katt | May 25, 2018, 7:01 pm
    • Yah I thought the same thing. Could the kids not have gone to stay with their grandparents (which they are now doing)? I wonder if maybe he had some kind of death wish. Either way, he was just as much to blame as Jennifer for allowing her to stay in the house and shoot up in front of their children.

      Posted by Stefan | May 25, 2018, 9:38 pm
  18. Yep….death wish just might be the answer.

    Posted by Kitty Katt | May 26, 2018, 9:51 pm
  19. First time commenting. I caught a rerun of this episode last week and it’s stuck with me. I cannot believe no one else noticed this… She screams at her husband after visiting her boyfriend (because her husband is confrontational about the cheating).

    She becomes angry and shuts the conversation down, saying “I will not let you do this in front of the kids. You always do this in front of the kids. You always do this.”

    My heart breaks. It strikes me as profound that a person can be so incredibly, insidiously deep in their addiction that shooting up in front of the kids – whom the addict loves more than life itself – can feel “normal,” even commonplace. It feels like no big deal to the addict. And yet exposing the children to conversations about infidelity is off limits and out of bounds.

    Man. My heart is so broken for Jennifer. And for her beautiful little children. This episode is haunting in a way that makes my soul feel sick. Even days later, I’m still thinking about it.

    I’m sending prayers your way Jennifer. If there’s a breath in your lungs, there is still hope. It’s never too late. You had such a devastating childhood, so much unbearable pain for a little girl to live through, but you are more powerful than you know. You can do anything you put your mind to. Break the cycle. Prove everybody wrong. From one mother to another: you can do it.

    Sending healing thoughts your way.

    Posted by brandy c. | June 12, 2018, 3:13 pm
  20. Two words. Selfish and self centered. Drugs and eating disorder aside, she doesn’t give a damn about those kids whether she is high or sober. I know how addiction plays out, but I’m still not convinced that she even loves her children. She couldn’t even give rehab a try. I don’t know the way the law works in Canada, but in the US she could be locked up for child endangerment. Toddlers are known for putting everything in their mouth, even needles. On another A&E program, “Live PD” last night, it showed an officer in Greene County, Missouri who took action when a child, not properly restrained in a car seat, and was in the car was next to a needle with heroin in it and a meth pipe. That pissed the officer off, and he took both to jail for child endangerment and possession, and also called CPS. I also wonder why CPS hasn’t made any sort of lasting action. I hope she goes to prison for several years and the children are placed in a good home, and given extensive therapy, especially the very bright daughter. I feel bad Doug passed away, I’m sure the stress she placed on him was a contributing factor. She completely used him.

    Posted by Seth | August 5, 2018, 5:22 pm
  21. I agree with you Seth. I can normally find at least a small amount of empathy for the worst addicts, but I have none for Jennifer. I was totally disgusted by the fact that she didn’t even TRY to hide anything from her kids. Those kids are going to be scarred for life. It makes me so sad.

    Posted by Ami | August 6, 2018, 3:13 pm
  22. I am a huge fan of Intervention (and this awesome website…thanks Dizzy! )

    I must say this is one episode I had NO sympathy whatsoever for the addict portrayed. The disgusting spitting of food, shooting up and bleeding in front of the kids, who are old enough to know what’s going on. The whining and poor me attitude just made me sick. Those children should have been taken away a long time ago and I think even sober she would be a neglectful parent. What made me cry was the ER fiasco with her son…I understand addiction takes you to low places but leaving your small son to shoot up in the car is just DESPICABLE.

    I hope she someday will get her life together but I’m doubtful. In the meantime I pray those kids were taken far away from that horrible situation and are getting some kind of counseling.

    Posted by Kerri | August 15, 2018, 11:30 am
  23. can anyone tell me what happened to Jen

    Posted by David A | August 29, 2018, 7:44 am

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