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Episode 107: Sarah

Season 7, Episode 6

Age: 23
Location: Pasco County, Florida
Addiction: Oxycontin
What’s memorable: The old guy boyfriend who takes care of her and really truly seems to love and care about her. He’s sober and wants her to quit using; he honestly doesn’t realize how he enables her. I was surprised at how much sympathy I had for him by the end. Also, Sarah’s a really interesting and complex person who knows she’s messed up but doesn’t know how to not be, and at times it’s just heartbreaking. She’s loudly crying out for help, and no one seems to know how to help her. The scene at the restaurant, ugh. She’s so clearly telling them she needs their help and not to just walk away again. Good on them for stepping up and doing something about it.

Official synopsis:  Raped when she was 14 and feeling abandoned by her family, Sarah turned to drugs, even becoming a stripper to support her drug habit. She’s prohibited by the courts from seeing her three-year-old son, and now lives with a man who is more than twice her age and manages a massage parlor. Can an intervention save her from her self-destructive lifestyle?

Original Air Date: January 2010

Interventionist:  Jeff

Categories: Jeff, Most Likeable Addicts, Most Powerful Episodes, OxyContin, Pain Meds, Rape, Season 7


16 Responses to “Episode 107: Sarah”

  1. I hope Sarah is still sober.

    Posted by Susan | September 8, 2015, 2:11 pm
    • I believe she is still sober. I found her mugshot online from before the show aired and that was the last one. There hasn’t been any since, so thats a good sign. Even though I don’t truly know her, I feel that her being tagged as a “most likeable addict” is on point. I hope she continues to do well and stay strong not only for her son but herself too.

      Posted by mikey | December 6, 2016, 12:57 pm
  2. She is sober and doing great.

    Posted by Tuck79 | February 5, 2017, 4:18 pm
  3. possible bump in the road?


    you’re a strong, beautiful woman Sarah! We all make mistakes, you can get through this!

    Posted by bill | April 25, 2017, 10:16 am
    • Her mother was my teacher in high school around the airing of this episode, NPR is a small-ish area. I’ve heard through the grapevine that she’s still been struggling with addiction issues. I really feel for her and her mother, there are a lot of kids around here who say her mother saved them by being the only supportive person they had.

      Posted by K | May 12, 2018, 4:16 pm
  4. anyone have an update on her? She was incredibly sweet and was happy she got sober but it’s sad that she’s struggling. Hopefully she stopped using again.

    Posted by Jenna | July 3, 2018, 5:44 pm
  5. It appears that Sarah is now married and is a personal trainer. She looks great!


    Posted by lexy | July 5, 2018, 12:16 pm
  6. Sarah is beautiful and definitely one of my favorites from this show. If she has relapsed, I hope that she gets/has gotten better since. What I am confused about though is her brother, Mark. I am absolutely not passing judgement, I am just curious has to why they didn’t feature him/his possible problems on the show. I have found that he has had more arrests than Sarah, and some of them are drug related. Again, I am not judging anyone, especially these people because they seem to be good natured people. I am just curious as to why they didn’t offer him help or maybe had a double intervention(?) But anyways, I hope they are both continuing to do well and truly hope the best for both of them and their family.

    Posted by Bobby | July 25, 2018, 8:51 pm
  7. I can’t tell for sure or not but that guy she lived with, I think this may be the house they lived in. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/4213-SW-Dido-Dr_Port-St-Lucie_FL_34953_M67238-50542#photo8

    Posted by Andy | August 9, 2018, 9:27 am
  8. I really do not get Sarah’s perceptions for so many of the events in her life. Like claiming Marc abandoned her when she was raped, he didn’t protect her. WTF? How was he supposed to do that?

    Posted by Alice Schmid | November 6, 2018, 7:24 pm
  9. I adored Sarah. Savvy business woman, a definitely capable being despite anyone’s prude/holier than thou religious views.

    She is vivacious, charming but was oh so sick. She wasn’t in denial. She owned it. Made it work, though I do not condone it.

    The self aware, articulate addicts are always my favorite.

    I really hope she is in a better place. So much potential. What a beautiful and smart person. We love you, Sarah!

    Posted by Xlio | September 7, 2020, 1:26 am
    • Also I love her brothers energy but the “Why didn’t you say that earliet when you walked in the door?!”

      She was dosed, dude. Also, victims of sexual assault go through so much trauma it scrambles ones brain. Don’t blame the victim!

      But also, I know her brother would if he could. So complex, so many factors.

      Posted by Xlio | September 7, 2020, 1:31 am
  10. Unfortunately she was recently in trouble with the law again. I hope this doesn’t mean she’s back to her old ways. I truly wish the best for her.


    Posted by Nick | September 28, 2020, 11:23 am

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