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S22E5 Erika

Season 22 Episode 5

Age: 28
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Addiction: Xanax, heroin

Official Synopsis: Born in Las Vegas, Erika overcame a heroin addiction due to childhood trauma, but now anxiety from the COVID-19 pandemic has caused her to relapse, placing her life and her dream in jeopardy.

What’s Memorable: The sweet siblings, the photo shoot, the crazy dangerous drug mixing, “doing bars”,  the compulsive smiling, the mom who told her if she had obeyed the house rules she wouldn’t have gotten herself raped, the fact that no one else in the family even knows that happened (I wonder if she told them before the show aired?), and the Covid-ness of the whole situation.  It made me think a lot about how this pandemic is going to be the “and then Covid happened” part of so many peoples’ addiction stories, and for so many different reasons.

Date Aired: April 12, 2021

Interventionist: Vance Johnson – Great article about Vance’s story and his appreciation of Intervention here on

All comments.

  1. Stefan

    Just finished watching and I agree Dizzy. I was waiting for them to cover someone who’s been triggered by everything that’s been happening in the world. I myself have gained around 15 pounds in the past year.

  2. Courtney

    I really connected with Erika! I found her to be sweet, just very lost in it all. I didn’t notice her compulsive smiling until Dizzy pointed it out; I’ll have to rewatch the episode back to pick up on it. I feel like this season is going to heavy on, “…and then COVID-19 hit”, which I can get behind. I have changed a lot since the virus and it’s interesting to see how others have been affected. Makes me feel less lonely. I absolutely understand Erika’s isolation- it’s so easy to do when everything is closed.
    Only wishing the best for her!

  3. Courtney

    Another thing: her sister saying, “Erika walked so my sister and I could run” REALLY hit home with me. I’m also the oldest child in my family, and watching Erika get cut down by her mom brought back so many memories. I’m glad she and her mom reconciled during the intervention.

    1. April

      I am the oldest child of immigrant parents. And yes. I too heard that and thought, yup. That’s a lot of pressure. You are the one they push the hardest. It was a struggle growing up like that. When she said she would raise her daughter differently. I was so happy. I’m glad she’s learning to cope.

  4. Emily

    She really reminded me of myself. Wow. I’m glad they really finally talked about someone affected by the pandemic.

    1. AMA

      Me too. I’m not an addict (fortunately!) but I do have PTSD, and the pandemic has been detrimental to my mental health. I’ve been fully vaccinated for several months, but I’m still practicing social distancing and working from home for now. The widespread isolation, coupled with sheltering in place with family members without pause, has been particularly difficult. Even as I love my family and they aren’t critical the way Erika’s mother is, I miss routine and space. I have no doubt Erika is just one of many addicts grappling with this.

  5. Jaim

    Does anyone know how I can catch these new episodes in the UK? I’m desperate to watch them but can’t seem to find them anywhere!

    1. Elizabeth

      I’ve been watching on the A&E website, not sure if that works for you in the UK? I’ve also been trying to find the new episodes on various sites that are… legal haha but no luck :/ I would suggest getting an american VPN that allows you to watch the episodes on A&E and all you have to do is log into your cable provider if you have one. If not! Hulu does a free 7 day trial of live tv that includes A&E so you could do that and binge them!

      1. Stefan

        Hulu isn’t available outside of the US.

    2. Amy

      You’ll need a VPN but it’s easy to get one. I used mine to watch the latest season on Putlocker. I think there were (very briefly) a couple of episodes on YT but they get taken down fast.

  6. KK

    Wooooow I was so shocked at how many different drugs she does. the last interview I really got the feeling she was still so sad and unsure.. I really hope she continues to heal and stays sober

  7. Todd

    Good episode. I really hope this girl can keep it together. She has a lot going for her. She’s funny, cute, blessed with a really good family. She reminded me of one of the SNL players – off the top of my head I think her name is Melissa Villasenor. Something like that. Anyway, if you read this Erika – try real hard to stay clean. You can have a terrific life if you do. Best of luck.