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Episode 19: Kristen

Season 2, Episode 6

Age: 24
Location: Wisconsin
Addiction: Heroin, alcohol
What’s memorable: She gets fired from her job as a prostitute because of the Intervention cameras. Her boyfriend beats her up. The long, excruciating intervention.

Official synopsis: A young mother, addicted to alcohol and heroin, is in the midst of losing custody of her 5-year-old daughter Sadie, who recently told her “mom, you are a loser.” Kristen has now reached the point of no return. Her family has reached out to Intervention as a last hope of saving Kristen.

Original Air Date: January 2006
Interventionist: Jeff

Categories: Alcohol, Death of Loved One, Heroin, Jeff, Season 2


39 Responses to “Episode 19: Kristen”

  1. Can you please tell me the rehab center she went to?

    Posted by Ben Davis | October 15, 2013, 1:26 pm
  2. Does anyone know if she is still clean and sober? I show this episode in my recovery class and everyone ask but I can not find any info. Thanks

    Posted by Teresa | November 15, 2014, 8:26 am
    • She is sober now and has been for several years. I know her personally and she has come so far and grown into an amazing, strong, woman in recovery from her addictions! While she didn’t stay sober right after this episode, as I said she is now, and her story is an inspiration to many in the recovery community!

      Posted by Shelby Holvick | August 3, 2020, 9:35 am
  3. Kristen was my favorite episode. i loved her and really loved her relationship with her family. If anyone can please let me know how shes doin thatd be awesome.

    Posted by Jeanine | December 29, 2014, 1:50 pm
  4. After searching for details on Kristen’s follow up, I found this on wikipedia: “Kristen relapsed several times but got sober in 2007. She gave birth to a son in October 2006 and regained custody of her daughter Sadie in 2008.”

    Posted by Voltaria | February 23, 2015, 8:21 pm
  5. Why aren’t all the people on this website updated with current status?
    Give me there numbers I’ll call.
    I’m a recovered addict/alcoholic, I love it when people ask if I’m clean & sober. But they don’t have to ask because of the joy I display.
    Thank God for Intervention.


    Posted by Monte | June 14, 2015, 8:38 pm
    • well obviously because many of them do not successfully overcome their addictions and they want to be left alone.

      Posted by Alice Schmid | November 11, 2018, 7:40 pm
    • Rehab is for quitters, and nobody likes a quitter. Can’t you just “display joy” without going to rehab? Or is intervention and rehab the best way? I don’t have a problem with drugs. I have a problem with cops and money. If I had a money tree and had invisible powers, so when the cops showed up I could disappear, I don’t think drugs would be a problem. I don’t know, maybe I’m in denial. Can you do intervention for yourself, by yourself. I don’t have anybody. But I should probably get help, I almost died twice in last month. I don’t know what I’m saying, wasting your time. Can anyone except for you see this message? Thanks for listening

      Posted by Travis Hansen | January 2, 2020, 12:23 am
  6. This is one of the most powerful episodes I’ve ever seen. I would love to know how she’s doing now, and how Sadie is as well.

    Posted by Tobie | September 8, 2016, 8:10 am
  7. I just watched this episode and it broke my heart. I hope Kristen is doing well today.

    Posted by Megan | December 28, 2016, 9:33 am
  8. Kristen is a smart. How is she?

    Posted by Natasha | August 11, 2017, 8:27 pm
  9. Her goals were to “become a lady and become a productive member of society.” This episode always stayed with me. I wonder if she is out in the world with her child(ren?) living her goals? She seemed to have such a hard life. I wanted her to be happy. Would love an update.

    Posted by Shana | August 14, 2017, 4:57 pm
  10. I’ve wondered how Kristen has been doing for the longest time. Her intervention was BRUTAL. Very emotional. I saw so much potential in her! Any updates would be nice!

    Posted by Holly | February 25, 2018, 6:46 pm
  11. Just watched her episode. I wonder how she’s doing now? How’s her family doing as well?

    Posted by Andy | August 31, 2018, 1:35 am
  12. Wish someone had an update on her. It’s been 12 years! I liked her a lot. Those Wisconsin accents crack me up 😂

    Posted by Siouxsie | September 20, 2018, 5:51 pm
    • I too would love to know how she’s doing. She was one of my favorite episodes and I always wondered about her. I wish we can get an update because I can’t seem to find anything on her. Maybe someone could post???

      Posted by Kitty Katt | September 21, 2018, 8:37 pm
  13. I just watched this episode and the intervention was so heartbreaking. I hope she’s doing well.

    Posted by Mike | October 13, 2018, 10:20 pm
  14. Kristen said she has had every sexually transmitted disease there is. So I am assuming she was HIV positive? How is she now?

    Posted by Alice Schmid | November 11, 2018, 7:34 pm
    • She may have been exaggerating. She’s probably caught a lot of different STDs since she worked as a prostitute but I don’t think she caught every single individual one. Since it didn’t say she needed to take meds for anything serious, she probably only caught the non life threatening diseases.

      Posted by Andy | November 11, 2018, 7:48 pm
      • From your keyboard to god’s ears. I pray she is ok.

        By the way, when she said she had asked everyone for help in her family and they refused her, my heart broke for her. And then to hear her sister say “I can’t stand that she blames everybody but herself for her problems”, just infuriated me. She is so smug and intolerant. Driving her fancy new car to bring Kristen a sandwich.

        Just seemed so judgmental and harsh.

        Posted by Alice Schmid | November 11, 2018, 7:51 pm
        • I wish her all the best as well! I don’t think her mom was that bad. I do think the relationship between her and her sister was very toxic. If they’re still in contact with each other, I hope they resolved all their issues. Also on the sister, I can’t assume anything about anyone since I only see 45 minutes of their life temporarily, but I think what the sister was referring to was when she got fired as a prostitue and then calls her sister and blames her. I do think the sister was maybe a bit harsh but I’m not judging her because we didn’t have to deal with Kristen so we don’t know what really goes on you know?

          Posted by Andy | November 11, 2018, 8:01 pm
  15. One last thing —– was that relationship with Uncle Pete a bit….. abnormal?

    Posted by Alice Schmid | November 11, 2018, 8:01 pm
  16. Watching this episode right now on the justice network in WI. Kristen is very lucky she wasn’t killed through her job. Very lucky. She also asked for help but according to her family, the help wasn’t enough or she burned bridges every time. It’s what a lot of addicts do. Only trained professionals can help. Family members shouldn’t be burdened with guilt for failing to help family that are not serious in helping themselves. Professionals are trained to control addicts manipulative behaviors so they have a little success but almost 100% of the time, family cannot help an addicted member. My late brother died of a heroin/fentanyl OD in 2013. He was given rehab options, family paid for a lot of his bills but nothing was ever enough. The brain is physically changed by the drugs and sometimes it’s permanent until death.

    Posted by Hayley | November 25, 2018, 7:34 pm
    • Hayley, there was an article recently in “the Atlantic” on how people have recently identified the actual gene that is mutant in the brains of addicts. It is called the GABA transporter 1. It is responsible for shutting off neurons in the amygdala, the seat of panic and anxiety. When there is no GABA transporter 1, there is horribly unrelenting anxiety. If someone has had some trauma in their lives, their anxiety is already elevated and now it never goes down.

      My dad was a violent, abusive very mentally ill alcoholic. I was so happy to see that paper. For the first time ever, we have an actual molecular link to addiction that could explain the beginning of the big complicated picture. It is not that the drug changes the brain. It is that their brains are different to begin with and they choose to self-medicate to quell unrelenting anxiety.

      It is so profound.

      Here is the link to the article. It has links in it to the actual scientific papers.


      Posted by atschmid5322 | December 14, 2018, 5:23 pm
  17. I absolutely LOVED Kristen telling Jeff Fuck you.” It was sooo honest! He comes up with the ridiculously cheesy line, “Will you let me love you?” and she says “No! Honestly? No! Cuz you’ll talk to some one, and they’ll talk to some one, and you ain’t gonna do shit for me.”

    Sooo glad she saw that. That is one smart girl.

    Posted by atschmid5322 | December 14, 2018, 5:49 pm
  18. That’s a sex worker for you! I loved that moment.

    Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2018, 6:36 pm
  19. It has been at least 14 years since this episode aired. I would love to know how she and Sadie are today. Well, I fervently hope.

    Posted by Alice Schmid | March 15, 2019, 12:55 pm
  20. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I read comments on YouTube that Kristen has passed away and her daughter Sadie is the one who found her dead. It was a family member and she said that intervention ruined Kristen’s life and kept her from ever getting clean. Don’t know how true it is but very sad if so:( it was under the video “intervention Kristen (heroin)” posted by win money forever, and the comments were posted in reply to someone saying “I don’t think it was a good idea to let her 5 year old daughter be at the intervention” this was just posted 5 days ago and she said Kristen died a few years ago. So tragic. If anyone can confirm this or knows her last name so we can verify it, that would be helpful

    Posted by Brent | March 27, 2019, 5:08 am
  21. Kristen’s alive and well.
    Sadie’s all grown up and gorgeous; look through the pictures.


    Posted by Tazz | March 27, 2019, 8:31 am
  22. Kristen was specifically from Madison. My roommate grew up there and used to work for a cab company in his very late teens/early twenties. He recognized the massage parlor she got fired from. They also apparently attended the same high school, as well, but probably not at the same time. (We’re a couple years older than her.) Small world! Glad to see she’s doing well; hers was one of the ones that always stuck with me!

    Posted by Vicki | May 8, 2019, 2:49 pm
  23. i really liked kristen so much, i hope she’s happy and healthy! she had some serious issues with men, i hope she’s dealt with them.

    Posted by Brooke | July 10, 2019, 9:02 am

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