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Episode 71: Kristen

Season 4 Episode 24



Age: Early 20’s
Location: Falling Waters, West Virginia and Baltimore
Addiction: Heroin mostly, also coke

What’s Memorable: This is the episode I think I will remember more than any other in 20 years.  The insanely dangerous time she spends in Baltimore and what she has to do for drugs, how much her mother loves her, the amazing follow up. She’s one of the addicts from this show that I actually would like to know in real life (sober). I really hope she’s well now.

Official Synopsis: When Kristen was 3, her parents divorced and soon after her grandparents died, and Kristen somehow felt responsible. Then Kristen’s mother married an alcoholic and addict, whose daughter introduced Kristen to drugs. By 15, Kristen was getting high. Currently, Kristen shoots heroin and cocaine, and then stays with her parents to recover. Ridden with guilt, Kristen’s mother is desperate to save her only daughter’s life.

Original Air Date:  September 2008

Interventionist: Candy

Categories: Addicted Parent, Candy, Heroin, Most Likeable Addicts, Most Unforgettable Episodes, Most Uplifting Episodes, Rape, Season 4


40 Responses to “Episode 71: Kristen”

  1. Wow l didn’t realize another young lady from this area WV was also on this show. My daughter Tiffany was also on there episode 181 we live Inwood WV and she was 19 at the time and was traveling to Baltimore daily. She is currently back at Sober Way Az for last 2 months because this area is too many triggers and too many old connections. Shes planning on staying there and take classes for social work in addictions however she is still battling everyday so who knows. This drug is horrible. I pray Kristen is doing well. I never seen that episode.

    Posted by tina32agent | May 29, 2014, 9:26 am
    • Hello ,
      I have dealt with addiction in si many ways . What saved me was my kids but most of the people I know return right back to the same routine and falter . I have always believed true rehabilitation takes 6 + months .Sadly most can’t afford that . Most of all I strongly believe you have to stay away from the places , people and things you knew while using . If clean they do not care and will look you up and offer you drugs . For many its too tempting . The people I know that have done the best are the ones that moved and started over . Even moving a few towns or a state away saved them from relapse. I hope your daughter makes it .

      Posted by marcy lily | June 1, 2014, 9:47 pm
    • Hello Tina! I go to Pentecostal church and really felt Tiffanys pain. This episode really touched me. Made me cry so much. I still hope she’s sober and sounds like she is. She’s an amazing person and deserves the best. Please keep us updated! And hope Brittany is doing good too.

      Posted by Marissa Robyn | October 13, 2014, 3:08 am
    • I am watching your daughters episode now, and was looking for info on how she was doing. I’m happy to hear that she is trying to stay clean & working towards helping others.

      I know what she’s going through all too well, and I hope she is able to find peace, purpose, health & happiness.

      Although I know she most likely doesn’t care what anonymous people on the Internet think, but I’m rooting for her and I’m sure others are as well.

      Posted by Jessica | December 20, 2014, 6:41 pm
    • I actually mixed this episode up with Tiffany’s. It’s great to hear she’s doing well for the most part.

      Posted by Stefan | September 30, 2018, 1:37 pm
    • Hi Tina,

      How is Tiffany doing? Wishing her all the best.


      Posted by Sweet Melissa | December 30, 2018, 1:41 am
  2. She reminds me of my daughter also on heroin. I am also in WV , and had no idea what an epidemic heroin is here in WV.

    Posted by nancy | February 15, 2015, 2:52 am
  3. Does anyone have any updates on Kristen? Growing up in Baltimore and being the same age as Kristen (I’m assuming she would be about 29 now), this episode hit very close to home for me. I hope she’s on a better path now she really seemed to be the sweetest young lady and have so much potential and her mom was such a nice caring person as well.

    Posted by kristy | March 14, 2015, 8:58 pm
    • I got the chance to meet Kristen at a halfway house in Hagerstown, Md She was doing very well adn spent a lot of time with her son. Although she did leave against recomendation while I was there, She did start working and had custody of her son and I believe was living with her mother again. I still believe she is currently sober although I dont keep in contact with her personally.

      Posted by Les | January 9, 2016, 6:24 pm
  4. It appears she has had some run-ins with the law since. I am unsure if she is clean, as she was just arrested two days ago for being under the influence. Poor girl. She is/was beautiful and is still young. I hope she gets through this.

    Posted by Michelle | March 17, 2015, 1:33 pm
  5. Does anyone know her last name? I really loved Kristens episode, it really connected with my addiction.

    Posted by chloe | March 24, 2015, 6:53 pm
    • I have always had Kristenon my mind and in my heart! Her episode was the first I had ever seen of intervention. I cried. She is so young and so beautiful and to have to do the things she did..Lord I can’t imagine! Please someone let us know how she is doing!! She really touched my heart!!

      Posted by Chigirl | April 5, 2015, 11:06 pm
    • I got the chance to meet Kristen at a halfway house in Hagerstown, Md She was doing very well adn spent a lot of time with her son. Although she did leave against recomendation while I was there, She did start working and had custody of her son and I believe was living with her mother again. I still believe she is currently sober although I dont keep in contact with her personally.

      Posted by Les | January 9, 2016, 6:25 pm
  6. http://mugshot-record-search.com/mugshot/WV/Eastern-Regional-Jail/2014-Jun-16/6510957/Kristen-Showe

    Sadly she was just arrested June of last year. Just says for possession. The mugshot hardly can’t recognize her she was such a beautiful girl!! I hope she’s turned around and is still clean!! She’s has other run ins with the law as well in 2012 and another time at least I believe. Maybe now she’s changed.

    Posted by Marissa Robyn | May 28, 2015, 5:34 pm
  7. I found her Facebook page. She has a son now, and it looks like things have improved since that arrest almost a year ago. She’s 30 now.

    Posted by Sara | May 30, 2015, 6:09 am
  8. Why is this episode impossible to find? Does anyone know where I can find it?

    You can’t buy it off itunes and it isn’t under any of the seasons on itunes either… what a shame 🙁

    Posted by Cameron | May 31, 2015, 10:34 pm
  9. wow ive watched so many epsodes from intervention and finally found a story I can totally relate to.
    I from southwest Baltimore the same area Kristen got high in. I ran those same streets and did some of same horrible things she did to maintain my herion and coccain habit.i knew I reconized Kristen from the episode. I finally found a story similar to my own and a person who has been through the same horrific things.i dont know if kristen remembers me but I remember her.i hope shes still clean now cuz I havent seen her in a while. ive got two years clean now. and have not been back to Baltimore in two years.i hope shes still doing well in her recovery.

    Posted by Amber Reisinger | October 7, 2015, 1:22 am
  10. I just finished this episode. The first time I started it, it was too heartbreaking to finish, but I’m glad I did because her follow up is wonderful. But what a sad, sweet girl to be overcome by such a tragic addiction. I hope she maintained her sobriety. This was a really memorable episode.

    Posted by Jordy | December 20, 2015, 12:52 pm
  11. Cannot find this episode on Amazon at all! Help.

    Posted by Melbug | December 9, 2016, 3:35 pm
  12. It makes me mad that this episode is not readily available. It is something everyone should see, with the opioid crisis we have going on as a nation. I could relate to a lot here, even though my addiction was alcohol. Lots of good people in this episode. WV is being gutted by drugs. I follow Senator Manchin on social media and it’s an epidemic there. So sad. Hope Kristen and her family are doing well nowadays.

    Posted by Tobie | August 15, 2017, 8:16 am
  13. shame, cute kid

    Posted by pinky | August 17, 2017, 1:58 pm
  14. Anyone have any updates on her doing now? Have her fb? Would love to check on this sweet girl

    Posted by Kenzie | September 20, 2017, 7:15 pm
  15. This is still the hardest episode of Intervention to watch, and I’ve seen most of them. The scenes of her shooting up in her neck, and cookin up her H in a beer can in an alley…oof. It’s so brutal, but this is my favorite episode, and Kristen is my favorite addict they’ve ever profiled. I wish this lady all the love and happiness in the world, and think about her story often. It really touched me.

    Posted by Jordy | October 19, 2017, 5:07 pm
  16. I’m friends with her on facebook and she hasn’t been on very much lately and I’ve seen a few comments about her being back in Baltimore so I’m assuming she’s back to using…

    Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2018, 7:17 am
  17. I think we all need to resist the urge to determine how someone is doing based on gleanings fro Facebook. I have known several people whose treatment plans included severing ties with social media, and so the lack of an online presence might be a good thing. Fingers crossed.

    And Dizzy: I hope you are well and where you want to be sobriety-wise. Thanks for the site.

    Posted by Artemiseast | April 23, 2018, 2:11 pm
  18. I’d really love it if someone could find s link to this episode

    Posted by Tobie | August 29, 2018, 3:06 pm
  19. Ramoin just posted this early this morning. Heartbreaking episode.

    Posted by Jess | September 30, 2018, 5:12 am
  20. just googled. Not really clear, as she is not active on FB and does seem to have some recent mugshots, in which she looks typically ravaged. On the plus side, one FB post suggests she might be doing well, hs her son and works for Macy’s! I am hoping the latter is true.

    Posted by Alice Schmid | November 14, 2018, 8:45 pm
  21. I can’t find this episode anywhere! Which is strange because she hasn’t passed away (to my knowledge)

    Posted by Xlio | August 27, 2020, 3:45 pm
  22. Does anyone know how is she doing currently ??
    Hope in God she is doing well !!.

    Posted by Miguel S | September 24, 2020, 12:27 pm

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