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Episode 206: Kacy

Season 15, Episode 3



Age: 39
Location: Garrison, North Dakota
Addiction: Alcohol (vodka)

What’s Memorable: Given the dramatic spiral from success to rock bottom, non-functional alcoholism, it’s a shame the show didn’t spend a little more time on how Kacy got to this place she’s in now. The trauma she endured and how it affected it her deserved more than what felt like a mention in passing. Seemed like the producers were overly focused on the shock factor of how bad her addiction was. Anyway, a few things she said gave me chills. “I’m scared to death…of not having the next drink.” And when she’s walking home from the liquor store in her pajamas, talking about how just having the alcohol in the house calmed her down and made her feel like it was gonna be okay. Yeah. I can relate to that.  The followup was brutal, I wish there was more information given about what put her in the hospital.

Official Synopsis: A successful businesswoman who became a multimillionaire in her 20’s, Kacy tragically lost her infant child to SIDS. She then lost her fortune, her marriage and a healthy relationship with her surviving children as she spiralled into binge drinking. Now penniless, she is hospitalised multiple times a month, and her family is desperate to save her life.

Date Aired:  March 2016

Categories: Alcohol, Candy, Death of Loved One, Most Unforgettable Episodes, Season 15, Traumatic Incident


48 Responses to “Episode 206: Kacy”

  1. This was the first episode I saw where the intervention-ee actually drank during the intervention. Has this happened before?

    Posted by Kate | March 20, 2016, 8:10 pm
    • There have been a few, yeah. Kristen comes to mind http://intervention-directory.com/2011/07/episode-19-kristen/

      Posted by Dizzy | March 20, 2016, 9:18 pm
    • Not sure how many on the show, but as far as alcohol & some drugs are concerned, they don’t want the addict to have withdrawals prior to getting into treatment. Alcohol withdrawal can lead up to seizures

      Posted by Ash | March 21, 2016, 12:21 am
    • I’ve seen a couple where the addict uses their drug of choice at the intervention. Also, this woman was drinking three bottles (and by “bottle” I assume they meant a fifth) of vodka a day. I bet by that point she needed to drink around the clock to not go into dangerous alcohol withdrawal. When I was active, I was drinking morning till night and I didn’t come close to her consumption. I hope to see an update on Kacy, and read that she’s doing okay.

      Posted by Sweet Melissa | April 8, 2016, 3:27 am
      • Yes, I just re-watched this on iTunes and I believe the make friend, who she was on the phone with and who brought her alcohol, said she drinks three 1/5 bottles a day.
        3/5 a gallon…of vodka…daily.
        Simply staggering.
        That’s 76.8 oz of vodka, per day.
        Or 51 bar shots (1.5 oz shots)

        Posted by JillyBean | June 25, 2016, 10:50 pm
    • Many of the strictly alcoholic candidates do, yes. Many times it’s in the form of a gas station soda cup. I remember the episode with the lesbian girls, both huge alcoholics …. intervention was at one of the parents home, and they strolled up with cup in hand. One had gas station cup, one had covered coffee thermos type cup. They toted them around everywhere during their episode, so I am sure they were filled with their wine/ginger-ale concoction.

      One day we’ll see someone whip out a line or two and snort up real quick.

      Posted by MaximusDreivinX | June 21, 2016, 5:32 am
    • I believe Cristy from season 2 or 3. She was a alcoholic and was addicted to meth was drinking a beer during her intervention

      Posted by Laura Smith | August 21, 2017, 11:58 pm
    • Nurse Jackie, Nichole from Canada, and lots of heroin addicts shoot up during or before….

      Posted by Alice Schmid | November 4, 2018, 6:35 pm
  2. My dvr cut off at the end of the episode. I saw that she relapsed after 2 days, but hopi g I missed a part where it gave the date since she’s been sober 🙂

    And WOW what a physical transformation, from when she drinking to when she was shown at the recovery center!!

    Posted by lizz | March 20, 2016, 8:58 pm
  3. Kacy looked amazing after her rehab stint!! I hope she continues to be healthy and happily healing for herself and her family!

    Posted by KJ | March 21, 2016, 1:13 am
  4. Was surprised it took as long as it did for Intervention to air an episode where it’s stated the addict dies (Bret). Really thought she wouldn’t make it, hoping her hospitalization is temporary and she’s in full recovery. “$5 for a piece of liquor!” and “Welcome to everybody” go in the Intervention quotes hall of fame.

    Posted by Alex | March 21, 2016, 8:47 pm
    • You probably won’t ever see this, but there was another younger gentleman named Josh who was featured on a two person episode w a girl named Kacy, who they described as a ‘rock and roll groupie who is now turning tricks to support her $1700 a day dilaudid addiction’. Josh seemed to be doing great, he looked vibrant and healthy and had completed over 120 days in rehab. He then went to Sober Living, but left 30 days in to be w his gf who refused the offer of help they’d given to her. The ending update stated that his whereabouts were now unknown. This particular episode intrigued me, and for the first time I Google’d it to see what info I could find on him. Well, on this site I believe the update stated that he died of a heroin overdose just two months ago in March 2017. I was shocked, he was one of the ones who seemed to have his head and heart in the right place. So sad. I am into this show bc of my own personal connection to it, the only thing I absolutely hate is when they show the users shooting up. I cannot stand watching someone use needles, esp when the blood fills up the syringe…. yuck. Whenever I see them whip out the rubber bands or belts I turn the channel lol. I wish they didn’t show so much of that, once or twice is all I need to get the point lol. Anyway, just my input on another participant who sadly passed away after all signs pointed to a full recovery. To think how badly a family wants help to utilize this platform… it’s crazy to see the destruction of the family unit in such detail. It’s like you know it affects them, but this shows such a clear picture of the devestation. May we all continue to take it one day at a time and treasure this short ride called life.

      Posted by Jenna | May 22, 2017, 12:50 pm
  5. Kind of a small note on this episode, I loved that they brought back the original music as the addict was on her way to the intervention.

    Posted by Tom | March 22, 2016, 11:29 am
  6. I see a lot of my mother in Kacy, and it breaks my heart. I’m glad Kacy got sober, and my mom is sober as well, but it is still so hard to watch her just waste away, spending her days on the couch drinking her cocktail of powerade and vodka. She’s truly a beautiful person, and seems so full of life and love. I hope the best for her going forward.

    Posted by Eddie | March 27, 2016, 9:53 pm
  7. Just a thought…with Kacy so incoherent most of the time, how was she able to give consent to be filmed? Dizzy, any ideas?

    Posted by Artemiseast | March 28, 2016, 4:42 pm
    • I’ve always imagined the agreement to be filmed & having it air is why the show pays for what treatment. I’d also imagine the addicts shown out of their rational mind on drugs/booze would allow a family member or friend to agree to consent.

      Posted by Ash | April 21, 2016, 7:57 pm
    • Remember these addicts are getting treated in hospitals, clinics, etc, all of which require releases. Most have not been declared incompetent by any court. I am sure their relatives have to sign consents, so the show is somewhat “covered”. But is there any money offered the addict to participate in the show?

      Posted by COMMENTER | May 11, 2016, 8:02 pm
  8. I really liked Kacy. She’s probably one of my favorites in a long time. She was a mess and knew it she didn’t try to sugar coat anything. This episode was more of what a day in the life of a real alcoholic that cant function is really like. Sitting on the couch all day, Not showering, not eating, not getting dressed, etc.

    Posted by kristy | April 3, 2016, 7:33 pm
  9. I found her FB page:


    Posted by Jennifer | April 26, 2016, 2:59 pm
  10. Relapse was a CHOICE. She knew what she was doing when she chose to drink and relapse. The disease is “triggered” when alcohol is reintroduced to the brain. The “disease” of addiction did not make her relapse

    Posted by Mark Harrell | May 8, 2016, 5:15 pm
  11. I am going to be a little off-topic, but am I the only one to have found that Lexi has a striking resemblance with the singer Adele. Both with a plump figure but gorgeous facial features. I’m not sure if she would identify as a lesbian but she was definitely very lipstick! On the other hand Tina was a total tomboy. As for her she reminded me of Charlotte Gainsbourg, circa 2000. Of course Charlotte Gainsbourg is probably a non-entity in the US but if you were listening to Madonna when she launched her album Music (she still had a bit of relevance back then), well Charlotte Gainsbourg had repeatedly a long monologue in the single “What it Feels Like For a Girl”. And it turns out the monologue was about sexual identification:
    “Girls can wear jeans
    And cut their hair short
    Wear shirts and boots
    ‘Cause it’s OK to be a boy
    But for a boy to look like a girl is degrading
    ‘Cause you think that being a girl is degrading
    But secretly you’d love to know what it’s like
    Wouldn’t you
    What it feels like for a girl”

    I hope Kacy and the family can all recover from what they have been through and move on with their lives.

    Posted by Eitan | June 26, 2016, 7:15 pm
  12. I went to the facebook link provided above and as of a few days ago, it seems she’s sober and recovering from cancer. That’s amazing strength, to go from where she was to maintaining sobriety through a cancer battle. Good for her, I hope she stays healthy

    Posted by Tom | July 23, 2016, 8:15 am
  13. Kacy was definitely one of the people on the show who I could identify with on the show. I’m an alcoholic too and at my worst, I wasn’t taking proper care of myself-not showering or brushing my teeth as often as I should, and I had those knots in my hair like she did too. Not sure how we get those when we’re drinking! I would brush my hair, but it would still end up like that. I know the feeling of just having alcohol in the house making me secure as well.

    I was very surprised that the liquor store was still selling her alcohol too-when I tried to buy alcohol at liquor stores drunk, I got turned away. It’s a small town-maybe they’re desperate for business.

    I’m very glad she is doing well now!

    Posted by Jessica | July 23, 2016, 5:26 pm
    • I used to work in a liquor store when I was a kid (you can sell it at 18, although you can’t purchase it until 21 here in the US). I often sold alcohol to people who were drunks; we were open on Sundays and there would be a short line of shaking men waiting for us to open the doors at noon.

      It’s a terrible situation all around, but I did what I did. Jobs are not easy things to come by, necessarily. A register jockey trying to pay rent with a minimum wage job is not likely to throw that job away for what amounts to no real impact.

      We alcoholics will find a way to get our booze.

      Posted by Rachel Evans | August 24, 2016, 6:46 pm
  14. Sadly, it looks like Kacy is still drinking. 🙁 She got arrested for a DUI last month. http://50wire.com/tag/Kacy+R+Hazen

    Posted by Jessica | September 20, 2016, 11:21 pm
  15. She’s really going through a lot. The “mystery hospitalization” in February was for suspected appendicitis. Unfortunately they found carcinoid cancer that was blocking her intestine. Usually don’t get it 65 to 70’s and then average survival is about 10 years. She’s had second cancer surgery/ third total surgery in December. I didn’t see where it said she was having chemo, but it would make sense to go back after chemo if they weren’t able to all the cancer in prior surgery. Even with advanced scans, some patients will opt for exploratory surgery if it appears nothing is left after chemo. If tumor is visible on scans after chemo, but looks to be such that they could remove more/everything that’s visible then that’s usually done in younger patients like her.

    Posted by Anne Fuqua | October 31, 2016, 10:45 pm
  16. From the looks of her fb she’s still doing great! She looks incredible!!

    Posted by Sam | April 26, 2017, 11:38 pm
    • I am happy to hear that Kacy is doing well! Her story broke my heart! I was binge drinking about 6 years ago so her daily struggles really hit home with me.

      I was really sad to read that Karissa was killed a few months ago in a hit & run! She was the super hard working cook who helped run her family’s restaurant. She was fun & bubbly when sober. So sad!

      Posted by Karen | May 24, 2017, 5:45 pm
  17. WOW. Her addiction was the worst I’ve ever seen! Kacy is
    is so lucky her family stuck by her! Stay sober Kacy!
    Alcoholism is not a good look for you!

    Posted by Scot hodson | February 17, 2018, 12:09 am
    • Your right, not good for me lol!! 10 months 9 day’s sober!!

      Posted by Kacy Hazen | August 18, 2018, 1:06 pm
      • I went thru a similar experience, however I luckily ended up in ICU unable to give a list of my current medications,so i withdrew from them instead. FF a few years my son has disorders and was prescribed the same types of medications and had serious reactions as well but his neurologist suggested genetic testing. We both do not have the correct receptors in our brains to take any of those medicines. Wellbutrin v made me an alcoholic, never ever drank even socially before buproprion, not even once a year!!! Within a month of starting i was downing 2-3 bottles of vodka a day. No one knew what was wrong with me, no one. I almost died. I’m wondering if you were put on antidepressants/antipsychotics/etc after your loss?? Since that’s when it started? I have a whole lot of other issues that different meds caused,gambling/hypersexual behavior/need to steal or overspend…. No doctor warns about these effects. Not one. My child’s doctor is the one who did the testing and proved it. Those meds took away 15-20 years of my life but the one almost cost me my life within a year. I had no control and didn’t know wtf was going on.

        Posted by Carrie | August 3, 2019, 7:52 pm
    • Hello it’s Kacy, From the episode. Yes the disease made me that crazy, it was all about the nest hair lol! I’m sober now and I would like to invite you to a group that I created on Facebook called “Intervention a sobriety movement” can find my profile under Casey and Hazen-Spangler it’s a private group but you can find it publicly. There’s a lot of great people in there that will support you for whatever it is you need and that support me. If you ever need to get a hold of me my number is 970-216-0362. Take care yourself Brother

      Posted by Kacy Hazen-Spangler | April 22, 2020, 4:24 am
  18. I am a new friend of Kacy’s. She is an amazing woman with BIG Goals. I met her in 2/2018. I am not at Liberty to disclose her whereabouts. I do know that she did relapse and picked up a Feliny DUI as stated in the newspaper article that someone shared. I met her after she went thru the courts for that charge. She is doing well and should be back in the community and thriving. We talked every night about her plans to buy real estate. But, her plans with that is to make a difference. I believe there may be an update by the show in the near future. Speaking with Kacy, she made a statement “ I bought real estate and became a millionaire before, I can do it again” I Love the Kacy that I know. I have not seen her episode yet. She did worry that I would see her differently than I do if I saw the episode. But, I have to say that from all of our talks, Kacy will make big again.Her struggles with addiction and recovery has made into the strong, loving, most kindest beautiful person that she is today!

    Posted by Darlene | June 2, 2018, 6:49 am
  19. wow, quite the story. i hope she’s sober today and doing well. why didn’t her son want to be part of the intervention?? that really bothered me. i mean come on.

    Posted by Brooke | July 5, 2019, 6:51 pm
  20. I’d love to hear how she is doing! I’ve seen her episode at least three times and it’s still hard to watch. Hits wayyy too close to home. I am fortunate in that no one taped me when I was in her condition. Except I drove myself to the liquor store in my PJs. DROVE. So ashamed of that, but addiction makes you THAT crazy. I have to chuckle- from one alcoholic to another – about the rat’s nest hair! Even when I was blind drunk I knew that shit in the mirror was just wrong! Kacy, I pray you are well! If anyone could update us, we would love to hear it!

    Posted by ARGIRL | December 1, 2019, 5:46 pm
    • Hello it’s Kacy, From the episode. Yes the disease made me that crazy, it was all about the nest hair lol! I’m sober now and I would like to invite you to a group that I created on Facebook called “Intervention a sobriety movement” can find my profile under Casey and Hazen-Spangler it’s a private group but you can find it publicly. There’s a lot of great people in there that will support you for whatever it is you need and that support me. If you ever need to get a hold of me my number is 970-216-0362. Take care yourself sister

      Posted by Kacy Hazen-Spangler | April 22, 2020, 4:21 am
  21. Looking for an update! How are you Kacy?

    Posted by cheryl | March 23, 2020, 5:31 pm
    • I am recovering alcoholic, I was on A&E intervention and it was a stepping stone, not the cure. I have wounds that I drank over, Excuses I used over, you know the game. Throughout my journey it became clear to me that I needed to gather people that are hurting from human conditions, I.E depression, fear, grief, loneliness, greed, selfishness, overeating, gambling, whatever it is distracting you from joy and love, lets gather in this safe have, this harbor this private group and create solution,. Family members are welcome, you suffered write along with the addict in your life. Lets BREAK the silence! Join!

      Posted by Kacy Hazen-Spangler | April 20, 2020, 5:33 pm
  22. Kacy is well. She’s started a Facebook group for people that need love, support and encouragement through addictions of all kinds. The page is INTERVENTION: A Sobriety Movement.

    Posted by AL | April 18, 2020, 9:22 am

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