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Episode 81: Lana

Season 5 Episode 10


Age: 24
Location: St. George, Utah
Addiction: Alcohol & Pain pills
What’s memorable: Lana makes the Most Disturbing list on account of what happened to her only 6 months before the episode aired. I can’t begin to imagine the feeling of watching yourself being raped for 5 hours on video and not knowing it ever happened (she was drugged). I understand why the police showed her the tape, but I can’t help but wonder how different things could have been if she didn’t know it ever happened. I just don’t know how I would feel in her situation. It’s so upsetting to even think about. Also memorable: the darling, sad little brother who takes care of her, her very decent family that just don’t get it, the violent boyfriend, the sheer amount of wine she drinks.

Official Synopsis: Lana grew up in a family of 11 children, and her older sister introduced her to drinking at the age of seven. Despite this precarious start, Lana excelled in sports and was active in the church. But at 18, Lana began to enter into dangerous relationships with men and started abusing drugs and alcohol. She was in two near-fatal car accidents. And now, too make things even worse, she is in a relationship plagued by physical violence.

Original Air Date: February 2009
Interventionist: Ken

Categories: Alcohol, Ken, Lortab, Most Disturbing Episodes, Most Powerful Episodes, Pain Meds, Rape, Season 5, Traumatic Incident


44 Responses to “Episode 81: Lana”

  1. Good to know that the family really loves and cares about her well being and better know the addiction consumes altogether, she has improved her life and family and make sure a life of its own and diguina for herself without affect all together and she always knows that all love you very much.

    Posted by Luana Kathleen | September 10, 2013, 9:37 am
  2. Along with brookes intervention…lanas made me cry cry cry. shes so sweet and genuine and its no wonder she was an alcoholic. what happened to this sweet girl was terrible and for her family to hear that news was probably horrid after watching her grow into what she became. My heart has never been so touched by an intervention episode. hope she made a full recovery and is happy now.

    Posted by Jeanine | December 29, 2014, 5:54 pm
  3. I probably cried more during this episode than any other. What a sweet and loving family. Her little brother absolutely killed me. Lana seemed so lost but she looked so amazing and happy in the follow up. Hope she is still doing well today!

    Posted by Kat | January 23, 2015, 5:58 pm
  4. http://utah.arrests.org/Arrests/Lana_Nelson_11745164/

    And another arrest in 2011 for heroin and parephenalia charges.

    Very, very sad. What a heartbreaking struggle for so many..

    Posted by Kristina | January 24, 2015, 7:35 pm
  5. http://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/local/2015/02/20/arrests/23779649/

    This was just updated on February 2015. Another couple of heroin and paraphernalia possessions. It’s very sad to see her life is in shambles, at least that is what it seems like. I hope you find your way soon Lana.

    Posted by Michelle | March 31, 2015, 6:45 pm
    • Wow thanks for posting the link. How sad. Such a pretty girl. Family must be heartbroken. I hope she finds her way.

      Posted by Marissa Robyn | April 1, 2015, 4:05 am
      • If ever there was a case that proved that love is not enough to break addiction, this would be it I guess. It was heart-wrenching to see how desperately her family loved her, especially her brother and sister who took care of her. I wish I had a sibling relationship like that. To have that kind of love and support and still keep getting pulled back into addiction is what is so tragic about her story, I can’t get it out of my head.

        Posted by Kat R. | April 2, 2015, 6:14 am
  6. Lana is my cousin’s cousin if that makes sense, so my cousins are related to me on their mom’s side and related to Lana on their dad’s side. So idk if we are officially related. Either way, I had no idea she was an addict. I don’t know her well though. I’ve only met her when she lived in CA and at our cousins wedding. Our family is very religious (Mormon) and very in denial about “bad” things like rape and drugs. I was raped in our mutual cousins house so I know first hand. At first our mutual cousin, aunt and uncle (and my parents) blamed me. It devastated me and I ended up using heroin for 3 years over it. Up until two weeks ago (7years later) I finally now feel safe talking about it and don’t think they blame me now. I say all this so you might understand the background of our family. I really hope she is doing well now and that she is healing.

    Posted by Nicole | July 31, 2015, 4:54 am
    • Nicole, you could not have explained the family better thank you for your comment please call me 7028302573 or facebook me.
      lana rose nelson

      Posted by lana rose nelson | June 3, 2016, 7:56 am
      • Hey Lana I just texted you. I can add you on Facebook as well. I actually am going by my middle name on this site so if you don’t recognize my name on Facebook that is why. My first name is Lindsey.

        Posted by Nicole | June 22, 2016, 7:21 pm
  7. People and the search of our victory is quite an amazing thing.
    Sadly though, sometimes our victories come from the sedation of the pains we endure in this search.
    Lana, I hope the angels guide your footing into the arms of love.
    You might need friends and music. Please find it, And if you do, tell me where it is at.

    Posted by Ashton | November 10, 2015, 8:33 pm
  8. I just watched this episode tonight. Her story really touched me. I was so happy at the end when it said that she moved to Maryland, then back to Utah to be closer to get family and that she has been sober since 2008. Then I clicked on the link above. Is that arrest record correct? It doesn’t really look like her, though if it is her she may be under the influence, which would probably an effect on how she would look. But still, the woman in the picture is a brunette and doesn’t really look like Lana. Also, the bottom of the page (if you scroll all the way to the bottom) says California. Maybe it’s my eternal optimism and hope for others as a recovering alcoholic as well. But I’m thinking it could possibly be a mix up. Nicole, since you are semi-related, lol, do you know of her whereabouts and/or current situation?

    Posted by Eli | November 11, 2015, 4:12 am
  9. I just watched this episode again on the A&E web site. I felt so bad for her. I was so hoping she’d stay sober, but after a web search I see that she is currently in jail. She was arrested in January of this year and then again just last week for Possession or Use of a Controlled Substance, Use or Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving on Suspension. Really sad, as the follow up sounded like she was still sober.


    Posted by Becky | April 17, 2016, 5:04 pm
  10. For anyone wondering about Lana, I spoke with her a few days ago on the phone for over an hour. She is currently living in Arizona with friends and sounded like she is doing well. She has set up a Facebook group called Intervention Survivors for people who have been on the show to get in contact and is planning to use her experience on Intervention as a platform for activism involving issues of rape, and sexual assault as well as addiction and energy healing. She told me she feels like she was on the show for a reason, and has been working through the horrific things she experienced and is now to a point where she feels ok to move forward on her plan to help others. I don’t want to speak for her, so I won’t say anymore, other than that I really admire her courage and strength to rise from the ashes and help other people. She is a really awesome person and hopefully I will get to know her better, we are family after all! ????

    Posted by Nicole | June 27, 2016, 7:57 am
  11. Poor girl. Still struggling. You hope that treatment plants a seed though, that will sprout at some point.


    Posted by Madeline | August 27, 2016, 12:10 pm
  12. http://www.policebookingreports.com/2016/09/14/lana-rose-nelson/

    Someone’s post above had an older link but it looked like Lana had a fresh arrest. Indeed, it seems she was arrested again recently.

    Posted by Min | September 19, 2016, 10:26 pm
  13. http://arre.st/UT-113994446 a few days ago…

    Posted by Kristina | September 20, 2016, 11:36 am
  14. She must have gotten married bec she is also under Lana Nelson Washington. I hope she finds peace n happiness down the road

    Posted by Dewey | September 27, 2016, 12:25 am
  15. Disregard my post pl. its incorrect

    Posted by Dewey | September 27, 2016, 12:27 am
  16. http://www.good4utah.com/news/local-news/homeless-in-utahs-dixie-a-growing-problem/602410333

    Looks like she spent time in the shelter most recently. It mentions in the article that she was starting a new job! Keeping her in my thoughts…

    Posted by Aly | February 20, 2017, 3:30 am
  17. Lana was arrested less than a month ago but it looks like this one is just a warrant. That’s good at least… http://arre.st/UT-114016460

    Posted by Sarah | April 25, 2017, 6:36 am
  18. Any updates on Lana?

    Posted by Flo | June 24, 2017, 8:10 pm
  19. It was the summer of 2004 when I walked into a local Dana Point, CA coffee shop. That’s when I saw the most beautiful young lady in the world working behind the counter. She was so sweet and seemed so out of place in this coastal town in the infamous Orange County. She was such a breath of fresh air and I was completely smitten in less than one minute of talking with her. She said she wanted to learn to surf and I offered to give her lessons. She wrote her name and phone number on a piece of yellow paper and gave it to me. I went straight home and wrote a song about her called, “Coffeeshop Girl.” We made plans that never happened. I never saw her again. It completely breaks my heart to see how a young 20-year old girl, with her whole world ahead of her, came upon such hard times. I wish her the best and am thankful for places like Switchpoint Community Resource Center that has sheltered her. My day has been devastated.

    Posted by Goyo | July 6, 2017, 7:39 pm
    • this broke my heart. all i keep thinking about now is her face from her high school picture from the show, bright and happy, working at a coffee shop. my heart hurts…

      Posted by qkc | October 7, 2017, 9:22 pm
  20. I found her Facebook page and she seems to be doing good, and looks good and healthy…hope she is as well as she looks

    Posted by Lucy | August 12, 2017, 8:13 am
  21. She appeared on the news as a resident of a homeless shelter at some point.


    Posted by Rabbit | September 4, 2017, 10:48 am
  22. Just saw she was arrested for a warrant and possession 10/25/17:(
    I feel so bad for her family.


    Posted by Kystarrk | December 5, 2017, 1:46 am
  23. No sure how she’s doing now but she was homeless at one point too.


    Posted by kitty katt | April 1, 2018, 8:53 pm
  24. I really like Lana.

    Her family on the other hand are really kind of annoying. That youngest brother John? Feigning hysterical crying with no actual tears being shed. Also, the sister who says “The mixture of drugs and alcohol can be lethal!” looks like Amy Sedaris doing a sketch on some church lady like character with wild eyes.

    Not saying this wasn’t all very serious, but honestly the reactions of the family were theatrical and over-done, whereas the Mom was just kind of bitchy (like the comment where she comments on Lana’s already being brain-damaged.).

    I am comparing it now to the gold standard of interventions, i.e., Seth’s intervenytion of Megan fromm Carson City NV. Those family members were made to understand their own culpability, and I thought that was absent here.

    Posted by Alice Schmid | November 7, 2018, 4:28 pm
  25. https://m.facebook.com/interventionsurvivors/

    I’m friends with her on fb and the page above is also legit….

    Posted by kristinaq86 | November 7, 2018, 5:40 pm
  26. Congratulations Lana on 1yr Sober!! You got this!!!

    Posted by Lauren | March 30, 2019, 2:23 am
  27. I just saw her Facebook and she looks healthy and happy and seems to be surrounded with good people. It’s great to see you doing well Lana, you deserve it!

    Posted by Shawn S | May 8, 2019, 2:42 am
  28. Shes officially 19 months sober today c: (2019 update) xx posted about it on her Instagram

    Posted by Jody Hill | September 26, 2019, 3:58 pm
    • what is her handle on instagram? I would love to follow her I am so so happy she is doing well! She seemed like someone i would/could be friends with!

      Posted by Elizabeth O Johnson | July 22, 2020, 7:11 pm
  29. Guys!!! She’s 18 months sober AND ENGAGED!!! So happy for her!

    Posted by Emma Louise Jordan | September 27, 2019, 4:00 am
  30. it’s kinna funny to notice that everytime that there’s a pretty girl on the show being an addict, I see comments like ” so sad, what a PRETTY GIRL ”… I mean, what the addict is ugly? is it as sad?
    Anyway, I hope that Lana is doing good.

    Posted by Marie-Claire Pinet | May 19, 2020, 11:04 pm
    • Exactly!!!

      Posted by Stefan | May 20, 2020, 12:42 am
    • THANK YOU for this comment…this show gives us an incredibly intimate look at incredibly deep and complicated human beings. It astonishes me that people choose to describe these complex individuals as “such a pretty girl.” It cheapens and flattens a person who deserves to be seen dimensionally.

      Lana’s story was inspiring. The humility she was able to show after initially resisting was so beautiful, and I hope she is still going strong! I appreciate Lana and her family sharing so bravely and openly.

      Posted by Chris | July 9, 2020, 6:05 pm
      • Thank you Chris🙏❤️ I am so blessed to have this second chance at life. I have 1001 days clean and Sober today. I work a program and have a sponsor. I also Sponsor woman in the program. I never thought that my story what I have been through could help someone else. This has been the greatest gift🙏 Thank you all for sharing you love, hope, and prayers with me and my family throughout this journey.
        Sending you blessings and pure light 💡 of Love.
        Lana Rose
        Facebook: Lana Rose Nelson
        Instagram @rosestonelana
        Facebook group: A&E intervention I survived a reality tv show

        Posted by Lana Rose | October 29, 2020, 12:03 am

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