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Episode 213: Alicia

Season 15, Episode 13


Age: 29
Location: I missed the location. Accents sound like New York City though. Staten Island maybe?
Addiction: Heroin

What’s Memorable: The nodding off, the going to work pretending to read papers that were blank, answering the phone with eyes pretty much closed, the family dinner. I’ve seen and experienced this before but it really hit home for me in this episode: addicts understand that they’re affecting their families, they just prefer not to think about it and when they do, it makes them want to be high. Addiction is a sick self-perpetuating cycle. The more addicted you are the more shitty you get, the more shitty you get the more guilty you feel, the more guilty you feel the more drugs you think you need to do. Repeat Repeat. Also Jeff nailed co-dependency with this simple line: “She’s being protected from the negative consequences of her actions.” And that followup, it’s one of the best I’ve ever seen.

Official Synopsis: With a booming family business that could one day be hers, Alicia’s future looked bright. But reconnecting with her biological father sent Alicia down a path of pain and self-destruction that has led to a full-blown addiction to heroin and Xanax.

Date Aired:  July 2016

Categories: Heroin, Most Uplifting Episodes, Season 15


18 Responses to “Episode 213: Alicia”

  1. I think her family letting her drive when she’s high is kinda messed up.

    Posted by ash | July 10, 2016, 11:03 pm
  2. It was definitely Staten Island. I live there, and recognized some of the locations. Our borough has a huge heroin problem, so I was wondering when the show would be here.

    Posted by Lisa Swan | July 11, 2016, 6:25 am
  3. Grandma’s body language gave her self satisfaction away and she couldn’t even keep a straight face while denying she went behind the parents’ backs to insert Alicia’s biological dad back in the picture. Most women would have been thrilled to have a son-in-law like Joe Sr. step up to fulfilling the role of a good father figure to their granddaughter. And considering the staggering consequences – the father introducing his teen daughter to a 29yo man who led her into substance abuse, I have to wonder if she’ll ever own and regret her part in tearing apart her daughter’s family.

    Alicia looks great – and Vinnie too! I wish all the best to them and those who love them.

    Posted by Renee | July 11, 2016, 1:05 pm
  4. I’d give my kidney for a stepdad that loved me like that. She’s a lucky woman.

    Posted by April | July 13, 2016, 9:19 pm
  5. This is one of the most optimistic follow-ups I’ve seen of the show. I thought she would be a lot more difficult about going to rehab and staying there because she seemed like a very spoiled addict who was used to getting her way. She proved me wrong. She must be a strong girl and she seems to love recovery and is actually taking it seriously. It was smart of her to extend it too. Wishing her the best. And she looked beautiful at the end there.

    Posted by Carmen | July 14, 2016, 6:02 am
  6. Definitely Staten Island I recognize the Bradley expressway.

    Posted by Kristy | July 15, 2016, 3:22 pm
  7. The way she was reading blank papers and the look on her face made me laugh out loud. I felt bad, but holy cow.

    Posted by Jeremy | July 17, 2016, 1:43 pm
  8. Best recovery ever! It was shocking how much different ahe looked. She looked awesome. So proud.

    Posted by Courtney | July 26, 2016, 9:00 am
  9. Her plates are Jersey, so I’d guess she lives in Jersey City/Newark/Elizabeth and travels to SI to buy.

    Posted by Anon | August 22, 2016, 6:57 pm
  10. She lived in Jersey. She would drive to Staten Island to score. Hope she’s well.

    Posted by Amanda B | September 18, 2017, 6:52 pm
  11. The nodding off in this episode was nearly constant. That grandmother was so obviously lying in her interview, good grief! Alicia looked and sounded immensely better in the follow-up! I was crying when her parents visited her. Keep up the great work Alicia!

    Posted by Hector | February 9, 2018, 11:42 pm
  12. Jersey street… that’s Staten Island for sure alon with Jordan parkway. Our island has a huge drug epidemic and heroin especially right now. My own brother died almost 2 years ago for heroin. I lost many people I used to be friends with. I barely even socialize anymore because I will not allow drugs in my life or my kids. Even my sons father is an addict but he has no interests in his kid or changing even though he’ll has been offered time and time again. I’m so happy to see she cleaned up. I cried this episode because me and my other brother were like Jill and joe. We hated my brother and the anger we had was so bad that we eventually hit the “IDC” stage. Biggest regret ever because my last words to my brother weren’t the best.

    Posted by Blueeyesreilly | May 14, 2018, 6:26 am
  13. Oh my god! I loved how her freckles came out at the end! Just adorable. Gorgeous girl with a gorgeous soul.

    Posted by Caroline Bracco | September 4, 2018, 3:31 pm
  14. Beautiful Girl! Made me cry from both eyes 1. when she said :yes”. 2. When the screen said “60 days later” 3. When I saw her so much healthier face. 4. Just when she was standing there anticipating her family visit. 5. When her family greeted her. 6. When the screen said she extended her stay. 7. When the show ended and there was no follow up saying that she relapsed! I was proud of someone whom I’ve never met except through my TV screen!

    Posted by Markisboss | September 23, 2018, 10:21 pm
  15. Anyone know how she’s doing?

    Posted by Siouxsie | September 26, 2018, 1:02 am
  16. Her car is registered in NJ. If you pause the episode at about 25:57, you can clearly see her inspection sticker. That’s an NJ sticker, not an NY sticker. Also, I found the family business and it’s located in Brooklyn. (It’s easy to find and verify; I’m not reposting that.) NJ car insurance rates are still the highest in the country, so unless her insurance is crazy high in Staten Island, I’m guessing that she actually lives in NJ. (Or, of course, an enabling family member with an NJ address could have registered and insured the car for her.)

    Posted by Vicki | June 4, 2019, 11:32 am

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