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Episode 32: Sylvia

Season 2 Episode 19

Age: 49
Location: North Carolina
Addiction: Alcohol
What’s Memorable: Sylvia has a truly powerful and memorable story. The crying for her babies, the drinking out of little liquor bottles in her car during work, the drinking at work, the stealing wine in her mother’s kitchen and getting too drunk to go to the game she had wanted so badly to be sober for. She’s also a very inspiring story. She ended up being an addiction counselor and joined the show as an Interventionist a few years ago.

Legacy Update: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lImvGjHP7K4

Official synopsis: Sylvia had four wonderful kids, a strong marriage, and a successful business. But when family tragedies struck, Sylvia looked for solace in the bottle, and today she is a frail, vulnerable, alcoholic. An intervention is her only hope.

Original Air Date: December 2006
Interventionist: Jeff

Categories: Abusive Relationship, Alcohol, Jeff, Legacy Updates, Most Likeable Addicts, Most Powerful Episodes, Most Unforgettable Episodes, Most Uplifting Episodes, Season 2


23 Responses to “Episode 32: Sylvia”

  1. I think Syliva’s story is the reason why I watch the show, I felt her pain and wonder often how she’s doing today. I wish her well.

    Posted by Adacia | December 3, 2012, 5:42 pm
  2. I think this was the first episode I ever saw of this show. Despite the fact that I have little in common with Sylvia, I somehow felt like I could “feel” her pain. I still don’t feel like I have that much in common with her, but I totally understand her feelings of inadequacy and hopelessness and how she had to find some way to deal with them. I was so happy when it announced she recovered, and I hope she’s still doing well today. I also hope that [other] viewers who share her feelings or her addictions found some inspiration in this episode.

    Posted by yo | August 13, 2013, 9:16 pm
  3. Sylvia’s story moved me ……….. I felt for her and it was the first episode where I really felt alcoholism as a disease. I am proud of her and her recovery and her decision to help others. You Go Girl!

    Posted by Becky | December 30, 2014, 11:27 am
  4. her brother’s letter was the most compelling of any show i think

    Posted by Sarah Thomas | January 14, 2015, 8:06 pm
  5. I wish her well. I was once in her shoes a very smart, beautiful, hardworking woman. And I had some huge loss in my family and the man I was with at the time was stealing my money from me for his drug habit and in the end he dragged me in until one day I was like I am not me anymore. And I left his sorry ass and never looked back. I have been sober 15 years and he is just a pathetic junkie.

    Posted by NCgirl | February 19, 2015, 7:27 pm
  6. I’m watching this episode now. My mother lost custody of me due to her alcoholism when I was four. She was dead a month after I turned six years old, because she continued to drink to drown her sorrows. She died of liver cirrhosis. I’m just crying so hard watching Sylvia finally understanding the sort of pain my mother went through after my father took me away from her care. I wish intervention could have been there for my mom, but Sylvia’s kids get her back, and that’s the best we could ever hope for, that she stays sober and stays good to herself for herself and for her kids. I wouldn’t wish the pain I’ve gone through losing my mother so early on my worst enemy. I really hope Sylvia stays away from alcohol so her kids can keep her there alive in their lives as long as possible.

    Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2015, 5:31 pm
    • I’ve seen recent new episodes and Sylvia has been the Interventionist so she has stayed sober 10 years and is helping others. I cried watching her show originally and never got her out of my mind. So she is fine. I am sorry for your pain and childhood with your mom. Had to be very tough for you.

      Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2017, 1:20 pm
  7. Just watched the follow up (2015) during Samantha’s episode. I’m happy to hear she’s stayed clean, is an interventionist, and is getting her masters!

    Posted by Ashley | May 3, 2015, 9:37 pm
  8. This episode truly touched my heart because I really felt for her. She reminds me a lot of some of my own family members. I think her success story is one of the shows most amazing!

    Posted by Jimmie | June 22, 2015, 3:16 am
  9. Sylvia is one if the sweetest and most inspirational women I have ever seen. I cried for her multiple times during the episode and strive to someday be as strong and loving as she is. Intervention should offer contact or mentoring from recovered addicts to those who find strength through watching the show. I can only pray for Sylvia and her 4 beautiful children. What a wonderful woman.

    Posted by Abbi | August 11, 2015, 2:42 am
  10. She’s the intervention counselor for tonight’s episode

    Posted by Spencer | August 16, 2015, 7:45 pm
  11. Hey Sylvia. Or, any other addict.

    I’m from NC and have lived there for 22 years. I have a really amazing opportunity and future that I’m about to destroy because of being an alcoholic and DXM addict.

    Your appearance on intervention as an interventionist was amazing.

    Please, contact me.

    Posted by Doc | August 18, 2015, 9:30 pm
  12. She did a really good job as an interventionist! Looks great too.

    Posted by Rainborambo | August 18, 2015, 9:50 pm
  13. I think this is my most favorite episode ever. I just wanted to reach inside the TV and give her a big hug because of how much pain she was experienced. Now, I know that she is in recovery and working as an interventionist – I am thrilled for her! She is such a beautiful lady, inside and out. Way to go, Sylvia!

    Posted by Caroline | February 15, 2018, 5:14 pm
  14. She was Sturgills interventionist in season 16!

    Posted by Prescila | April 27, 2018, 5:30 pm
  15. Sylvia is 12 years sober today! She’ll be on next weeks interventions Jackie episode.

    Posted by Andy | June 6, 2018, 1:56 pm
  16. Somehow I knew she would straighten up. I’ve seen maybe 15 episodes. This is the first one that I looked up afterwards..oh yeah..looked up Chucky..Three Dog Night..but mainly about the band. When Sylvia was acting like she was talking to another mother at the game..she was really funny..and made good sense. Thats what people expected from her. Any lady as attractive as she was..and still is..that had accomplished as much..and still had so much potential..was bound to wake up. I feel like even without the intervention..something would have happened to get her back going. I had my battle with alcohol. Just like Sylvia..Im very lucky that I never hurt anyone while driving drunk. I think one..maybe two DUIs..or somthing to get her jail time enough to dry out completely..she wouldnt have fooled with alcohol again. Even when she was drinking..she knew she could do better. Of course everyone expects her to do well at everything..including me. Thats who she is. She rises to the top with little effort. Just like her coming out of this with a tv role. Wouldn’t surprise me to see her with her own talk show..if she wanted it. She might have run off track for a while but no one holds it against her. There is no telling how many people she will help by experiencing what addiction really does to a person. Now she knows both sides. I wish her luck..but she dont need it. She wont get like that again. I’ve been quit for 20yr. I learned. I never want to feel drunk again. Dont crave it. It was fun for a long time..then it wasnt fun. Keeping it real..recovering alcoholics shouldnt set a goal to be like Sylvia. Most would never make it. Shes amazing. A combination of intelligence and a killer personality. Very funny..a born leader..winner. She could start with nothing and still get to where she is. So..they need to set goals that suit who they are. There’s nothing wrong with that.

    Posted by W. Stone | March 27, 2020, 1:36 am
  17. I love you Sylvia even if I’ve never met you.

    Posted by Marie-Claire Pinet | April 25, 2020, 6:00 pm

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