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Episode 244: Jackie R.

Season 19, Episode 2

Jackie R
Age: 45
Location: Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
Addiction: Alcohol (white wine)

What’s Memorable: Ooof. I don’t know if it was the story or the people or the fact that so many of Jackie’s behaviors and justifications were uncomfortably familiar, but I found this episode to be really powerful. It reminded me a lot of Sylvia’s episode with the whole graduation event – watching her be totally committed to going and then slowly over the day getting drunker and drunker, convincing herself she’ll be fine and there’s nothing to worry about, having someone there watching her to make sure she doesn’t get too drunk to go. It’s painful watching people watch over an addict like that, there’s such a shared sense of dread and helplessness. The moment when Jackie asks for a drink during her intervention and immediately understands how bad that sounds and bursts into tears, I mean damn. I burst into tears right along with her. Jackie’s family was amazing and kudos to Sylvia for another job well done. I imagine she related to Jackie pretty strongly. She’s also just very good at this.

Official Synopsis: On the surface, Jackie had it all: a large tight knit family, a devoted husband, two beautiful sons, and a nursing career. But unbeknownst to anyone, Jackie found herself stuck in a loveless marriage. For 15 years she put on the happy face, but gradually began to drink and before she knew it, she was a full-blown alcoholic guzzling up to a gallon of wine a day. In 2015, her marriage dissolved, and after three wrecked cars and a DUI, she lost her RN license. Her bottom should have been a near fatal OD in Feb. 2017, but Jackie continues to drink, and her family and sons are helpless to save her.

Date Aired: June 2018
Interventionist: Sylvia

Categories: Addicted Parent, Alcohol, Most Powerful Episodes, Season 19, Sylvia

Discussion

9 Responses to “Episode 244: Jackie R.”

  1. This intervention really struck me. She reminded me so much of my mom and the son reminded me so much of… well me. Also – Sylvia’s great skills on this one!! So glad to see a happy end to this and I’m definitely a new Sylvia fan.

    Posted by Matt | June 12, 2018, 7:42 pm
  2. Sylvia is amazing! that southern charm at its best! God i love watching her in action. my heart went out to this woman.. i can really sympathize with her… and i drink that same wine. so far both new episodes have had promising endings.. prayers for the families

    Posted by jacinda | June 13, 2018, 11:56 am
  3. Great episode. And I agree with the other posters about Sylvia. She was great.

    Posted by LisaNH | June 13, 2018, 12:41 pm
  4. Sylvia did a fantastic job. I wish I could meet her. She just gives of this warm, sweet, and loving vibe. I’m glad Jackie went to rehab and she looked amazing at the end.

    Posted by Laura Smith | June 13, 2018, 11:07 pm
  5. This intervention must have brought back loads of painful memories for Sylvia. Jackie was in much the same place as she was, and the resemblance between how their addictions played out is very close. Both were middle-age, both were estranged from the fathers of their children, both had high-school age kids who were forced to be the caregivers and whose milestones such as graduation and sport events were missed out on by their mother, and both had codependent parents. The only big difference was in their drink of choice: Jackie preferred white wine and Sylvia preferred airline size bottles of vodka.

    I agree that Sylvia handled this one very well, and I’d like to think it was because it hit so close to home for her.

    Posted by Janelle | June 14, 2018, 3:03 pm
    • I was thinking the same thing. She was the perfect interventionist for Jackie. I wish we’d seen more of the two of them talking one-on-one. I imagine Sylvia was quite an inspiration for Jackie as she entered treatment.

      Posted by JuliePV | June 14, 2018, 3:13 pm
  6. Jackie R. My name is Robert Larry Lantz my mother Diane Lantz was an alcoholic who died when i was 18 years old, and like your son i felt she chose alcohol over me. She was an alcoholic and woke up and drank a cheap bottle of wine (Paul Mason) every morning. I remember telling her this is going to kill you please stop and she told me she could not. My family eventually forced her to go to rehab and they made her take some kind of medication that would make her sick if she drank, she would drink anyway puking convously. Eventually i got so mad i gave up on her. Until one day like normal she was drunk laying on the couch amd i was fighting with her we were yelling at each other like we did and i said “whatever your just drunk like always fuck you bitch” slammed the door and went to my friends house. I fot a call about 3 hours later my dad saying your mom is not breathe i fla back home but it was too late she was gone white ahet over her. I still regret the last thing i said and it took a long time still fucked up over it really but the point is she died from liver faliure due to her drinking. But I can’t be mad or hate her i love my mom so much i just wish i had more time. PLEASE DON’T BE HER, FOR ME!

    Posted by Robert Larry Lantz | July 3, 2018, 8:59 pm
  7. Something about Jackie got under my skin. I understand that she fell easily into the addiction, and a loveless marriage was the trigger… but she could have left! She had a degree and a job- no reason she had to stay!

    Posted by ashley | July 3, 2018, 9:08 pm
  8. Sylvia was perfect. She slid Jackie into accepting help. Soft gentle sliding…..

    Posted by Alice Schmid | November 4, 2018, 6:12 pm

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