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Season 6 Episode 6

Nikki

Age: late 30’s?
Location: New York City
Addiction: Methadone with anti-anxieties (benzos)

Update: Tanisha Nicole “Nikki” Parker passed away on May 29, 2021 in New York at the age of 48. The cause of death has not been confirmed. Here is a video of her Memorial Service  and her Obituary


What’s memorable:
How attached Nikki’s younger daughter is to her despite never really having a good relationship with her, the boyfriend who certainly cares but also seems to need her to be messed up in order to feel needed.

Official Synopsis: When she was young, Nikki’s mother and grandmother worked hard to give her a good life. Nikki excelled in school, but she was devastated when her grandmother died. She began hanging out with a rebellious crowd, skipping school, and using crack. Nikki eventually had two daughters, but has remained addicted to drugs. Her daughters desperately want to have a relationship with Nikki, and know that an intervention is their only hope of saving their mother’s life.

Original Air Date: July 2009
Interventionist: Ken

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  1. methadone withdrawal

    It is sad how drugs ruin the lives of people, I hope Niki gets better and re-uinites with her Kids.

  2. cricket

    This is one of the most moving episodes for me. Nikki is such a lovely but broken and sad person, it broke my heart to see her in so much pain. Even when there were no tears streaming down her face, it seemed as if there were as her sadness was so prevalent.

    I hope that she has found peace within herself. She deserves it and so does her beautiful family. The intelligence and beauty of her daughters speaks volumes about the strength and love in this family and they all deserve better.

  3. Savannah

    My brother is friends with Nikki’s daughter Imani, and he met Nikki a while back, before any of us (in our family) saw this episode.

    Nikki seems like such a sweet and loving person, I really hope that she’s been able to develop her love for herself and find peace in recovery. I’m hoping for the best for her and her family, who love her so much.

  4. kristy

    I’m so suprised that there are only a few episodes that feature the abuse of methodone and benzos mixed together. In my home town (baltimore md) this is just as common as heroin abuse as its supposed to have the same effects. It just always seems to be a topic that is over looked but then again I’m also curious to know if this is as common in other places.

    1. Alice Schmid

      I was actually surprised blood pressure meds are also addictive!

  5. Sharnita

    I watched this show last night on Lifetime. I sure wish I knew how she was doing now. I pray that God gives her the strength to get clean and stay clean.

    1. Chantay

      Sadly, Nikki passed May 29, 2022.

      1. Chantay

        2021 not 2022, sorry.

  6. Sheryl

    This episode really touched me because I could feel the love that is very prevalent in this family. I pray for you Nikki and your entire family.

  7. jacinda godwin

    i really would like to know how she is doing… i hate drugs

  8. Laura

    Has anyone an update on nikki? I really hope she got off drugs, my heart aches for her addiction

    1. David

      Sadly, Nikki recently passed away. I attended her funeral. She was a lovely person who cleaned her life up and turned herself over to Christ.

  9. Honey

    To be honest I found this episode quite surprising, she was so so sad and heartbroken, and it all stemmed from her mom giving her tough love. kind of proves you really never know how much things can effect people. I appreciate her mom for been honest about been cold though, most are in denial about how their behaviour effects their children. I really hope she can find self happiness and peace

    1. Michelle

      When her mom was asking her what she can do,.. I was screaming, APOLOGIZE!?!? , may have saved her a few relapses. And Joe sucks..

  10. Tori

    I feel like the very few black addicts don’t get the same following. Does anyone have any updates on her?

  11. Sonja

    I don’t know if she is clean or anything, but I found the FB profiles of her and her family members. From what I can tell they are still in touch and seem to be on fairly good terms? (Hard to know for sure of course since there is little public information) this episode made me a cry a lot… I wish them the best

    1. Stefan

      Can you check on their profiles for confirmation that Nikki indeed passed away?

  12. David

    Nikki was a beautiful soul who touched many lives. Through her challenges, she was able to reunite with her children and foster a loving relationship with them. Unfortunately, Nikki recently passed away; I attended her funeral just yesterday. Thankfully, she turned her life over to Christ, and she now sleeps in His bosom. Please remember her family in your thoughts and prayers.

    1. Jacinda Godwin

      thank you so much for the update.. will be praying for her family.. nothing like a mothers love

  13. Gigi

    RIP Nikki. My heart goes out to her entire family, especially her beautiful daughters 🙏