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Season 6, Episode 9

Danielle

Age: 33
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Addiction: Percocet, Self-injury (cutting, burning)

What’s memorable: 50 percs a day! Damn, girl. But Danielle is severely clinically depressed and suicidal and genuinely believes that she needs these pills in order to not kill herself. Also memorable: the husband who is still there because he made a commitment and will take care of her no matter what, the alcoholic dad who now drinks 10 weeks a year, and the mother who gives her her own legitimately prescribed percocet.

Legacy Update: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSFa3nHgEA4

Official Synopsis: Although she has two loving children and an adoring husband, Danielle is dangerously addicted to Percocet. As a teen, Danielle felt neglected by her alcoholic father and began cutting herself. Now she spends each day hiding behind closed curtains, ignoring her children, and self-medicating with up to 40 Percocet a day. An intervention is the last chance Danielle’s children have to get their mother back.

Original Air Date: July 2009
Interventionist: Jeff

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  1. Claire

    Damn, girl she’s very pretty behind that mask

  2. TLily

    Anyone else stunned that they broke up so fast after she got better?

    1. Des

      Yes and her husband has sole custody. That made me sad couldn’t find any other info on it.

      1. Jaida Duncan

        im sorry but my dad did not “steal” custody of us. he won in court.

      2. Kitty Katt

        SOLE not stole is what she said.

    2. marcy lily

      Not at all . I wondered if she was like many other humans and fell out of love with a partner she married when most people are in college or sewing their oats and before her addiction got so bad . At any rate an addiction like that paired with marriage before mentally being ready at the very least would have not allowed a union to thrive. I wondered if part of her severe depression was also fed by feeling guilty over falling out of love with the father of her children but feeling like she was supposed to stay because that is what society says a mom has to do . Divorcing a spouse when your are in recovery and a mom to such young children has got to be devastating because no matter what the outcome is you are going to be judged ( and people have done exactly that despite her doing the impossible by beating a 40 Percocet a day habit , still having a healthy loving relationship with her lovely children and dealing with stuff I wouldn’t wish on an enemy ) .I honestly think she fell out of love long before the intervention but hung in there and being married to a spouse you are not in love with is a sad lonely feeling .
      Even when you are an addict you have moments of very strong clarity and I am sure the guilt of knowing you are an addict , so depressed you can barely function added to feeling like you need to stay with a spouse you fell out of love with long ago . It has to add to the pain and need to numb yourself more and more . She made a very poignant statement when she clearly stated she was not scared of coming off the pills but the depression was killing her ( she was in greater fear of depression ) . I made a horrible mistake in judging this young woman when I know the guilty feeling of falling out of love with a spouse and staying with them because I felt like I was supposed to . She had a horrifying addiction and is so lucky to have survived it but she also experienced things sober people can and we all should be able to understand . We might not all have reacted in the same way but many of us know staying married to a partner we don’t love is not normal and could be a trigger that would have led right back to 40 pills a day . In the end it might be anything but perfect but it is better than those children having to see parents not in love and one so messed up she could barely move .

      She does look so great and happy sober and I wish her the strength to continue her sobriety and to keep loving and being part of her children’s lives in a happy non-abusive way . When I really thought on the abuse she suffered because of addiction ( can we all just think on what an innocent child goes into physically by being thrown into a wall then what they suffer by trying to figure out what they did to deserve that or why their mom ignores or doesn’t notice it ) I was so proud of her for at least not following that path . Good job Danielle I wish you the love you deserve and am glad to see your children and you are happy and are a family .

      1. R. Pollard

        SAD, Yea sure is , I used to go out with Danielle’s mother ( 1969-70) & she treated me the same way. Cheated on me , talked me into taking her back , then dumped me 3 weeks later. Maybe I had it coming , I could be a real ass back then .
        But what really chokes me is when they both say they don’t need counseling , Unbelievable.
        Oh and Janice was giving her troubled daughter Percocet , boy that’s just not a good Idea !
        Kind of feel sorry about her mother living with an alcoholic for all those years & still is … if they would have gotten help years ago perhaps that little girl would have had a better chance.
        The reasons ,I took running across this so hard is that girl looks almost just like her mother Janice did back in the late 60’s 🙁 same long dark brown hair , same hazel eyes……
        God bless them I hope it gets better for them all , especially the children .

    3. Jaida Duncan

      hi, I’m Danielle’s daughter, Jaida Duncan. I just want to say that my mom wasn’t happy with my father so she.. left. but everything is better now and now Haiden and i will visit both of our parents for a week at a time.

      1. Stephanie

        Obviously no one is paying any attention to your comments but I hear you! Your a bright amazing young lady and I am happy for both your mama and dad. Sometimes it’s healthier for all when parents separate. I had 4 children. My 7yr old died 10yrs ago to drowning and I have dealt with addiction with my 24yr old for over a decade. Overdose, facilities, rehabs and jail. She is in early recovery now and doing great. Don’t worry about any of these grown ups and their ignorant comments about a family they know nothing about. Just keep being awesome and give your mom my love, prayers and congrats!

      2. Mar

        God bless you and Haiden, and I hope you have a healthy, happy life and do not repeat the mistakes of your mother. Good also that everyone seems happier now.

      3. Anon

        I am so happy to hear that you and your family members are doing well. It is so amazing. Well done to you all. The situation was so tough beyond belief for different generations but as someone on the show said, it has ended with your Mum and Aunty’s generation and you all have so much knowledge, understanding, and humanity to offer the world. May God bless you all.

      4. Tommy

        I know how your mom felt and what it was like I to was addicted to pain pills and then got my wife started on them. I also have 2 kids liveing and a son who died 5 hours after birth. But I was a crappy father husband the pills were the only thing that matter back then but by the grace of God I have been clean since aug 15 2013 and my wife been clean since aug 15 2018. I wish your mom the best and also you and your brother you two can play a important role in your mom’s sobriety I know my kids play a big part in mine am sorry to hear your parents got divorce but maybe it was for the best but God bless you and your family will be praying for all of you.

  3. Misha

    Just watched her episode. I’m so glad to hear she’s stayed sober and that her dad has also sobered up. I know those kids have a better mommy now when she sees them.

    1. Julie

      How do they possibly have a better mother?! This episode made me so furious the way she just abandoned her kids and ran off and had another one with another man. The scene where her daughter saw her after treatment was heartbreaking. I don’t know how she could just run off and leave those poor kids!

      1. Leah

        I agree, Julie. Even when her son said he is happy to see she “got her smile back” and hopes to always see that smile. What amazing kids! Sad she left those beautiful babies of her.

      2. Ambn

        I agree, my heart aches for her children…her reunion with her kids was so heart warming. You hear what she says and are so grateful she has an opportunity to make the wrongs right… but to find out she leaves after just 5 weeks…really## who does that… her poor children are going to have to deal with her actions, leaving and starting a new family with someone else, somewhere else… I don’t know and can’t say what’s best for her two kids but I can’t see that situation impacting them negatively… God bless them and may God comfort them throughout their daily lives.

  4. Ambn

    I was taken back by Danielle’s story on the intervention that aired tonight. I was so heart broken for the children, I had to look for her follow up story and found that her kids looked happy, taking pics with their dad and their mom. They are grown and seem really happy… my heart has been put at ease for her two kids and as long as their happy and loved that’s all that matters…!!!

    1. Kelsey

      Where did you see a follow up of them recently? I want to see where Rod and the kids are now. I was seriously heart broken. He deserves better and so do those kids.

    2. Jaida Duncan

      .. We’re happy to an extent. but happy is happy. and i am glad that my parents broke up. My mom got together with a very generous man, and my dad got together with a beautiful blonde lady. I love them both as well as my half sisters and my Step-siblings.

      Thank you

      1. Teri

        That is great to hear, Jaida!

      2. Esme

        Jaida – I am watching now and reading the comments and am so happy your mom and family as a whole has healed. I am also happy that your family has bonus parents that are more focused on creating family than destroying. That takes great love on all parts. Best of luck to all of you.

  5. Quinn

    i found her on facebook. she seems to be doing well despite everything she’s been through. she has another daughter now, who was born with adams-oliver syndrome and speaks at fundraisers as well as starting her own.

    apparently she sees her older kids every other weekend, but no word on her sobriety, although i firmly believe she is (:

    fb-https://www.facebook.com/danielle.briseboisduncan?ref=br_rs

    article- http://www.theprovince.com/health/Single+Surrey+raising+funds+daughter+with+rare+genetic/10809765/story.html

    1. Jaida Duncan

      now it’s every week. life has calmed down for all of us.

      1. Patricia

        Jaida, it is very generous of you to offer updates of your family to us. I hope that someday you will have a family of your own and that it will be everything good for you. I wish you peace.

      2. Casey

        Jaida Duncan. Don’t read these negative comments these people obviously don’t understand addiction. Your mom got help so she could be a better mom to you and some people find when they are sober that they have grown apart. As long as you and your siblings are happy then that’s all that counts. You and your family are in my prayers. I wish all all the best.

      3. Alice Schmid

        negative comments? have they been removed cuz i’m not seeing anything….

  6. Sad

    Pissed me off how manipulative Danielle was with her family. Especially her mom. Made me so angry to see her threaten her mom with self abuse. And those poor kids. I hope her kids and ex husband are doing well. This girl was as piece of work. Ugh.

    1. Patricia

      That was the drugs talking and manipulating.

      If you read through the comments here, you will find out how this family is doing. Danielle’s daughter has posted several times.

  7. `R. Pollard

    It`s sad what occurred here.But some of the blame resides with Danielle`s parents. When you grow up with drug abuse & alcoholism as the examples your parents give you, your chances of a normal life are reduced.These examples seem to have continued to be manifest in Danielle`s choices, alcoholic beverages replacing drugs , likely learned from her father the functional alcoholic .
    Still all in all , we all make mistakes & while I see her parents as nearly as messed up as Danielle , I do applaud their willingness to sacrifice their reputation publicly to get help for her. its just to bad it went that far.
    `Our children do what they see us do , not as we tell them to do !
    God Bless Them!

  8. Zoe

    I am sorry but this was definitely my least favorite episode. Very hard and annoying to watch

  9. Stefan

    Danielle reminded me of a character in a Tim Burton film.

  10. Jenny

    Watched this episode tonight and I felt so sorry for Danielle. Yes it was hard to watch. But obviously the family dynamics have played a big part in her addiction. Blame doesn’t help anybody. We‘re all trying to do our best in any way we can and with what we have, this goes for her as well for her parents which I felt could heal in this whole process as well. So glad she got treatment and got better. I root for her! I was so happy she completed treatment and was herself again.

  11. Honey

    Just watched this episode, wow what a chaotic family… I felt so so bad for the children and the husband! How sweet they are, the son at the end when he said about his moms smile I cried. Then she left them, again basically, jeez I’m speechless.. when the dad said about being an addict is “genetic”, no, this is just generation after generation of growing up in messy situations!! I really pray for those beautiful children and hope they grow up happy and with peace..