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Episode 154: Zeinah

Season 11, Episode 7


Age: 24
Location: Bradenton, Florida
Addiction: Oxycodone, Xananx, Oxycontin

What’s memorable: What a messed up family she comes from. Her father pretty much ignored her once he had a son and now he outright considers her an investment gone bad. Also, the mother who writes books about being married to a muslim terrorist, and the creepy boyfriend. Wonder what happened to that guy? They don’t mention him after those couple of disturbing scenes. Also, Zeinah’s intervention is one of the most powerful I’ve seen. “I’m not scared of going to fucking rehab, it’s failing I’m scared of.”

Legacy Update: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3DQ6NLo0cE

Official Synopsis: Once a successful, outstanding student, Zeinah turned to drugs to deal with the drama-filled divorce between her Christian mother and Muslim father. After her husband overdosed, her drug use increased, and she lost custody of her daughter. Can Zeinah’s family forget their grudges and religious differences to come together and save her from her prescription pill death spiral?

Original Air Date: February 2012
Interventionist: Jeff

Categories: Benzodiazepines, Death of Loved One, Jeff, Legacy Updates, Most Powerful Episodes, OxyContin, Pain Meds, Percocet/Oxycodone, Religious Family, Season 11, Traumatic Incident


17 Responses to “Episode 154: Zeinah”

  1. So in Nov. of 2009 she gets popped for child neglect along with her husband. He dies (from an OD?) in February of 2010. I’m guessing she’s gotten worse since then and the intervention show filmed in 2011 sometime.

    Posted by Internet Detective | February 24, 2012, 9:25 pm
  2. Her husband OD’d on pills last year and Zeinah spiralled out of control after that. I don’t know anything about the child neglect charges – don’t think that was mentioned in the episode.

    Posted by Dizzy | February 25, 2012, 1:17 pm
  3. Zeinah, you are the most beautiful young lady on earth.I hope and pray that you find happiness and success in this life. I cried watching your show. That’s not like me. GOD bless and always know that I’m pulling for you.

    Posted by David | September 9, 2014, 6:06 pm
  4. How is Zeinah now? Would like to talk with her.Thanks

    Posted by Sonni | September 9, 2014, 9:55 pm
  5. I know her mom loves her but I detest the parents/siblings that try to flip the intervention process to solely make it all about them . There was a tiny part of me that wondered if her mom did this to get HER face on tv to advance her book/movie plans . I know there were abandonment issues with Zeinah towards her father but he came across as a very loving man . Not some evil extremist creep that the mom painted .
    I can not help but feel like her mom’s drama issues helped mess this woman up in some manner too .

    Posted by marcy lily | September 18, 2014, 12:11 am
  6. Zeinah Im so glad your doing great. Your Dad seems like a intelligent loving man, who is NOT a member of ISIS like your mom says. If I were you I would write a book about My insane mother who belongs in Arkham Asylum, j/k. You would sell way more than her. But keep up the great work.
    your story is one I can relate to.

    Posted by Tommy | April 5, 2015, 8:02 pm
  7. Here is an update on Zeinah via social media. According to her Facebook page (https://m.facebook.com/zeinah.waliaghagollsneider?refsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fzeinah.waliaghagollsneider) she is still clean and in contact with her daughter on a regular basis. She’s also in college! So good to hear of a success story!

    Posted by Drbzy | April 27, 2015, 2:22 am
  8. Zeinah’s mother passed away in 2013. It seems they made peace, so she might appreciate the general public laying off the “crazy” remarks. I’m sure she did the best she could as a mother.

    Posted by Carla | July 23, 2015, 12:36 pm
  9. One day at a time Z,, just for today

    Posted by Dan | August 9, 2015, 5:10 pm
  10. I am so happy to hear she is in college and doing great!! Way to go! Love to hear the success stories, what a strong woman to have put up with that kind of mother. Wow her mother was in a category of her own, I hope Zeniah made her peace with her. Blessings to you Zeniah!

    Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2015, 11:25 am
  11. In episode 205 (Sierra), the show posted an update of Zeinah Skyping with her interventionist, Jeff. She is clean, in college, and a mom. Congratulations to her for her sobriety.

    Posted by Tom | March 14, 2016, 1:12 pm
  12. She now works as a specialist at a rehab! So happy for her!

    Posted by :) | June 2, 2016, 9:18 am
  13. My daughter went to school with Zeinah. I knew her mother, not her father. Perhaps a misguided mom but she did love her children. Zeinah was always a popular intelligent girl destined for greatness. So glad to see she is living up to all the potential she has.

    Posted by Rmc | December 13, 2016, 3:27 pm
  14. Her and her husband (who she met while at Hope by the Sea) work at an outpatient center for addiction in CA: https://www.restorationrecoverycenter.com/rehabilitation-meet-our-staff . They also have a daughter together.

    Posted by J | July 7, 2019, 3:24 pm

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