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Episode 195: Samantha

Season 14, Episode 6


Age: Late 20’s?
Location: Randolph, New York
Addiction:  Heroin, Xanax
What’s memorable: The crazy webs of lies she gets herself into to get money for drugs, the “friend” Rich who is definitely NOT a friend, the horrific rape she suffered as a young teenager, the dad saying “I wish you’d die” and her responding with “me too.”  So glad she made it through treatment, she looked awesome.

Legacy Update: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZgP6UHe2Wg

Synopsis: When Sam was 6 her life took a drastic turn when her parents divorced and her father moved away. At 14, Sam’s life changed forever when she was sexually assaulted.  She turned to a life of partying, fueled by alcohol and Ecstasy. A fast downward spiral into heroin followed and today Sam is a full blown addict.
Original Air Date: April 2015
Interventionist: Ken

Categories: Heroin, Ken, Legacy Updates, Rape, Season 14


24 Responses to “Episode 195: Samantha”

  1. This was a sad episode, at least to me. Sam seemed pretty self-aware and self-loathing, which made her father’s anger and loathing all the more sad. Glad she seems to be doing well.

    Posted by Vanessa | April 29, 2015, 1:38 pm
    • This episode was definitely a hard one to watch. Especially the exchange between Sam and her dad where he says he wished her dead. Her responding she wish she was too. It hit me in the gut pretty hard.

      Posted by Ashley | May 3, 2015, 9:25 pm
  2. This episode made me realize that in so many Intervention episodes the addict just needed to hear one or both of their parents say “I’m sorry”. I hope all the best for you Samantha.

    Posted by Christina Cowell | April 30, 2015, 7:14 pm
  3. It was nice to see Sam doing so well at the end of last nights episode with Mindie. And now she’s helping others that have been on Intervention.

    Posted by Cathy | May 4, 2015, 10:33 am
  4. Always remember, you have braved pains that can’t be put into words; only your heart knows the true language. You’re a warrior for breaking the chains of addiction and I thank you for helping others through their struggle. My father is a recovering addict, as are my two brothers. I lost my childhood to his dependencies and stints in prison and he lost his freedom, his family, his business, just to stay all over in his forties. He is so talented, smart and has so many skills, but his felonies will enslave him to doing hard labor for long hours until he’s dead. Now almost 60, he has COPD, a replaced hip, a bad back and knees and he’s still replacing floors and doing the most flawless tile, stone and marble work. He’s a perfectionist and is killing him, but it keeps his mind off bad things. It barely pays his bills since he only gets work when the company he works for throws him a bone. Then he works himself to it. I can’t talk about him enough. When I was young and he had so many problems that drove him to commit crimes for money, “leave us” and go to prison, I was so upset with him. As I he older, I eventually refused to visit him in there anymore and didn’t see our write him for 7 years. Seeing how he turned his life around and just how many demons he continues to fight and stay sober makes me SO proud to talk about him and tell everyone how much he’s accomplished. While he’s not a college grad or a millionaire, he’s a fighter and a winner, just like you!
    If your family is not already doing so, you are eventually going to fill their hearts with love when they think of your continued success, your commitment to staying sober, your love for yourself and these selfless acts (even if it is just lending an ear and sharing your story with one other person who is struggling).
    Thank you for being so candid and sharing your story.

    Posted by Jenny | May 4, 2015, 5:11 pm
  5. Samantha,
    I want to tell you I just watched your show. It really hit me hard and I would not wish that on my worst enemy. You went through so much and I know I will never know the extremes of it. Watching these shows scare the living hell out of me and 8 would never think about doing it anyways. I AM SO SO SO HAPPY THAT YOU TURNED YOUR LIFE AROUND. YOU ARE SUCH A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG WOMEN. Your sister Stephanie is very beautiful also and I like her cause she has such a big heart. Don’t get me wrong your family does also. I really hope ur staying clean and I think that’s a good idea that u stay out in California and find new friends but it hurts that your away from ur family. But it’s better I think. Stay sober and enjoy life and tell ur sister she has a fan…lol please take care and enjoy life sober and I send u all the strength and love from my heart for you and your family.

    Posted by Tad heath | May 28, 2015, 2:04 am
  6. Really great episode! I am so proud of her for making it and even helping others!

    Posted by Jimmie | June 21, 2015, 4:02 am
  7. My heart broke when Sam’s father screamed at her that he wished she would die. And again that he wasn’t sure if he loved her anymore, Granted, any addiction specialist would say he is angry at the disease, not her. But those words hurt so much…I know I have heard them from family members. I would rather be physically punched. Apologies can be made. But cruel words can never be taken back. Addicts (all people at times) are fragile. I wish those who speak, tweet, post or write in anger would remember that. Stay strong Sam, and all my other fellow recovering addicts who know how hard we work for the 12 step promises: “We will not regret the past nor wish to close the door on it; we will realize how our experience can benefit others…” —For anyone hurting now, a hug to you, together we get better-sharing our experiences, and hope. xo kirby

    Posted by kirby | July 27, 2015, 8:04 am
  8. I have sympathy for her father. He has drained his savings bailing her put of jail. He paid $51,000.00 somthat she would not be charged with embezzlement. She iwas a con man that had no respect for her father all. Look at it from his viewpoint, the poor man had been driven over the edge. By the way, she was lying about depositong some of the check that her dad gave her to nring her bank balance out of the negative. I work a a bank and they would never cash a check and allow the customer to receive money back with a negative balance.

    Posted by SBG | March 6, 2016, 5:53 pm
  9. Sam is my friend and she is doing amazing! !!!!!! She’s SOBER too

    Posted by Jessi | March 31, 2016, 10:37 am
  10. I get that Intervention tends to capture everyone at their worst, but good God, no! No! The way Samantha’s father and sister spoke to her was on par with the most craven addiction-related behaviors. I’ve never wanted to throttle any Intervention subjects quite so badly, and you could sense that their words and attitudes stemmed from a place of conservative moral high ground. Ugh. I truly admire Samantha for finding forgiveness for them, because that would have been the permanent end of two relationships for me, even post-recovery…and I think it speaks to a superior character. I thought Sam was a lovely person with some clear trauma leading to awful behaviors, but at least her intentions were not rooted in malice.

    Posted by Laura | January 5, 2017, 2:19 am
  11. Sam is one of my closet friends I was in treatment with her and still talk to her she’s doing so good im so proud of her and all her accomplishments she has rebuilt relationships with her family and I just love sam and the person she is today 🙂

    Posted by Jessi A | January 5, 2017, 7:27 am
    • As others have said, really tough episode to watch! My heart just hurt when I heard the awful things her father said to her, CVD the total lack of sympathy or love that was withheld from her by her dad and sister too, made me wish I could crawl through the TV and just hug this poor girl and tell her that things can and will get better, that she was worthy, that she wasn’t alone. Thank God things turned around for you Samantha, i wish nothing but happiness for you in sobriety and thank you for so bravely sharing your story!

      Posted by Stacey | November 14, 2017, 10:17 pm
  12. I’m so glad to see you beat those demons that were holding you back from seeing all your dreams and goals come a reality. I seen the follow up on your program and you look amazing keep the good work cause God has amazing thing awaiting for you

    Posted by Roberto | January 17, 2017, 6:28 pm
  13. Sam had a follow-up tonight and is doing great!

    Posted by Stefan | January 17, 2017, 10:10 pm
  14. Samantha I’ve watched most episodes of Intervention and your story touched me the most very deeply. I’m in a tough spot and think talking/messaging with you may be very helpful!! @Stoney_41 thx

    Posted by Stoney | February 15, 2017, 11:01 pm
  15. Man, I just watched Samantha’s episode and when her Father wished her dead it hit me hard. I’ve been for oxy and booze and I’m clean circa 2006. It’s hard, man, and I didn’t have to do some of the things she did, but I pissed away money I and my loving husband earned and caused a lot of pain, but I learned I had to love myself and harness that love into strength and love. I had to face all those I’ve hurt and apologize, which I was glad to do but it’s a interesting road at that time and above all I just wanted to give back and rebuild trust (if possible–never stop trying!) and help others. I really, really pray she’s doing better, and if there were a few bumps, I hope she’s been able to get over them! I’m not a super “religious” person, I didn’t do the steps I did it my way with tools I learned and it took me a few times but I finally have 11 years sober and I just want that number to get bigger and bigger! Good luck, chica, love ya !!

    Posted by Diane | March 31, 2017, 5:38 pm
  16. I wish all the best for Samantha. I found her instagram and she seems to be looking healthy and living a full life! I am so happy for her and her family.

    Posted by tish | August 18, 2017, 12:54 pm
  17. Samantha’s legacy update.

    Posted by Andy | January 29, 2018, 5:04 pm
  18. you know, I keep hoping that having men gradually come around to less Neanderthal ways of thinking and behaving will in general be a life-changer for our whole society/

    I love sam’s sister. she is awesome.

    Posted by Alice Schmid | October 31, 2018, 12:48 pm
  19. why wasn’t sam’s boyfriend there?

    Also her dad’s letter was so obviously written by the show. how muchof the letters do they script?

    Posted by Alice Schmid | October 31, 2018, 12:50 pm

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