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Episode 225: Katherine C.

Season 17, Episode 1

Katherine C
Age: 28
Location:  Syracuse, New  York
Addiction:  Crack (primary)

What’s Memorable:  The well-meaning parents so profoundly and tragically enabling of their daughter’s addiction. They’re in it deep, repeatedly paying lip service to creating boundaries but never able to do it, right up until the last epilogue screen. My hope is that they get help for their own health and well-being and that it ends up helping Katherine too.

Official Synopsis: Katherine was a bright college student with dreams of becoming a journalist until she was abducted and brutally assaulted. Katherine swiftly spiraled, becoming dependent on a dangerous mix of drugs to mask the trauma. Her parents have already purchased a burial plot for her and are certain that it’s only a matter of time before they bury their only child.

Date Aired:  July 2017

Categories: Crack, Ken, Rape, Season 17


83 Responses to “Episode 225: Katherine C.”

  1. Powerful episode. So hope that she doesn’t die from this illness. She’s seems so sweet and damaged

    Posted by Dewey | August 2, 2017, 9:22 am
    • I totally agree! I am watching a repeat of this episode. She seems very sweet and so do her parents. It’s heartbreaking. I wish they would do a little quick update on the recent people and not just the success stories that are 2 years old or older. I have prayed for this family since I first saw this episode. <3 Breaks my heart for them.

      Posted by Jenn | September 18, 2017, 8:02 pm
      • Hi Katie! This is Scott Colorado All of you are correct in your thinking, but you are thinking from the perspective of being straught, never being an addict, it is so hard to change your ways once you are in, it sucks! Her parents are rite in enabling her, because that very well be the only time they will have with her, I have spoke to her parents by phone once they love heras much as any parent lives there child. And I can tell all of you that Katie loves them just as much if not more, we talked of this many times, I love her just as I love my daughter! I have never met anyone as inspirational as she is. I miss grilling steaks and whatever else I would have around from the motel that we were in she lived next door, and i miss her so. And yes I worries about her! But know that she is smart and will do what she has to do To go on.Katie if you ever read what people write, and I hope you will read this one. I love and hope you are ok! You are a good friend and I would love to talk to you if you can! I will put my phone number on here once I look it up. Please me back I miss my friend! Love you Scott

        Posted by Scott Hodson | October 10, 2020, 11:39 pm
  2. This beautiful child broke my heart. She has so much potential being bright, pretty and having a loving family. Unfortunately, her self destructiveness and unresolved trauma is going to probably kill her unless she gets help immediately. I am praying for her!!!

    Posted by Martha Story Jones | August 2, 2017, 9:43 am
  3. I don’t recall that she was abducted. I know the mom said a van came along side her, pulled her in and raped her. Is there more to the story that I somehow missed?

    Posted by Artemiseast | August 2, 2017, 10:32 am
  4. Her parents define the expression “I love you to death” and she played them like a fiddle. I too hope they get themselves into treatment and take responsibility for their own role in this.

    Posted by Lhamo55 | August 2, 2017, 12:27 pm
    • I’m so so sad that this loving Husband & Wife ARE ” Loving Katherine to Death”.
      They seem so smart!

      Their only child. She won’t make it unless they practice the Tough Love.

      Posted by Holly | August 29, 2017, 9:58 pm
    • The focus of the thread has become more about her parents enabling which is missing the mark because at the end of the day this is Katherine’s fight, and she CAN get well regardless of what her parents are doing.

      I agree with these statements about her parents to a point. Yes they do enable her, but that doesn’t mean she can’t decide to make a change on her own. It also doesn’t make what her parents are doing wrong. It’s not so black and white. I’m sure her parents believe in and therefore exhibit unconditional Christlike love. I am a rape victim and recovering heroin addict and all I had growing up was tough love and tough love pushed me further into my addiction. Compassionate love is what I needed to get clean and heal from rape.

      Unfortunately the problems are more complicated than whether Katherine’s parents are enabling her or not because addiction isn’t the only problem Katherine is facing. Eating disorders (which I’m surprised they didn’t address more on the show), as well as the rape, which likely gave her another issue, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) play a huge role as well.

      The problem is that while tough love is usually prescribed for addiction, it is literally the worst possible way to handle PTSD. So what are they to do? I think loving her unconditionally but setting boundaries would be the best for both parties. But whether or not that happens does not determine Katherine’s ability to succeed. I believe in her! ????

      Posted by Nicole | August 30, 2017, 3:03 am
    • One hundred percent, they love her to death

      Posted by Pam | September 13, 2017, 11:24 am
    • Listen people. We all do the best that we can with what we have. These tough love comments are really ignorant. We all have our own unique paths in this life and Kathrine is learning to cope with her circumstances as well as her parents. No one has the right to pretend to know another’s situation or what they are going through. You can’t change or know something, that you just don’t know. Prayers to the family and to Katherine. My heart is with you all💜. Keep on fighting.

      Posted by Tinky | May 8, 2018, 8:18 pm
  5. I had mixed feelings about her parents. They were obviously caring people towards their daughter, and despite being religious did not act self-righteous about it. However, at the same time, they probably never should’ve been parents, both due to their age and and the father’s diagnosis (as a fellow Aspie I am never planning to have children because of it). He really does help to dispell the myth that people on the Autism spectrum are emotionless though.

    On a side note, did anyone else notice Ken’s voice was much less raspy? If the damage from drug use is starting to repair itself that’s great. Also he did a great job this episode.

    Finally, I think this may be my new favorite song that has been featured on the show, even more than Five Steps:


    Posted by Stefan | August 2, 2017, 12:30 pm
    • I think that the parents were unable to understand exactly how to care for a sick addicted daughter in part due to their Asperger’s. Correct me if I’m wrong but it seems like people with Asperger’s are usually very intelligent intellectually but not socially. I think that tough love doesn’t always work. Mostly in cases where the addict has always had tough love and never compassionate love (Megan, Gina and Katie come to mind – Seth was always good at dealing with those families). I know I only had tough love growing up so that didn’t help me get clean. It wasn’t until my parents supported me and I found methadone I was able to get clean. Everyone’s story is different. I can relate to Katherine’s story in some ways since I grew up very sheltered and I am also a rape victim and that is when my addiction started as well. I am still working through that and my depression/anxiety. I really hope she can get clean because she seems like a very sweet and beautiful girl.

      Posted by Nicole | August 5, 2017, 7:13 pm
      • Hi Nicole, I’m so sorry that you were raped. What a horrible thing to go through. Please continue to talk to people and get help with your addiction.
        If you ever need someone to talk to please call 1-800-273-8255. The rape and your addiction is not your fault. You are a victim and you can get help and become a survivor.

        Posted by Megan k | October 20, 2017, 3:57 am
  6. Ken nailed it when he said that Katherine will never hit bottom as long as her parents keep putting a cushion under her to soften the landing. She isn’t sober today because she hasn’t hit her bottom, and it will probably take her parents cutting her off completely to force her to hit bottom before the disease kills her.

    Posted by Janelle | August 2, 2017, 1:19 pm
    • Exactly and Ken never really made the parents feel that they enabled Katherine to the extent they I think he should have. He needed to work on the Mother more than the Dad. I’ve watched Intervention for years and this episode, for me, has been the worst. Poor Katherine, for all the trauma and parents that have loved her to death. My heart breaks for all of them. Praying ????

      Posted by Nadine | August 9, 2017, 4:06 am
  7. This was a heart-wrenching episode. My heart broke for Katherine and her parents especially. It was hard to watch her partake in drug use and phone calls with “clients” right in front of her parents who so clearly loved her so much but were enabling her so horribly. Ken tried all he could to get this across to the parents, but sadly, it doesn’t seem like they will ever be able to use tough love with her. Praying for all of them, though!

    Posted by Jen | August 2, 2017, 4:49 pm
  8. The bit where she helped her pops after a fall had to be one of the most tender non-intervention moments in recent memory. Just a very tough, wrenching viewing overall. We could all tell that Katherine has a brilliant mind and a loving soul, but I really did come away fearing for her and her parents toward the end. Still holding out hope that we’ll see a happy follow-up featuring her and her family in a few years’ time.

    Posted by Kei | August 2, 2017, 8:35 pm
  9. So sad that just in June, she was arrested for possession and providing officers a fake name (on the A&E fb post about the episode, her friend Sara on the show commented that she tried to impersonate her)


    Posted by Bekah | August 2, 2017, 9:21 pm
  10. Was the arrest after the intervention? What a sad mess

    Posted by Dewey | August 2, 2017, 11:53 pm
    • I assume it had to be since there was snow on the ground when her dad fell, and the arrest was in June. Also on the FB post,her friend Sara said that it happened after returning home. (On the intervention FB page where they posted the link to her episode)

      Posted by Bekah | August 3, 2017, 1:23 am
  11. This episode is probably the best at showing the complexities and dangers of enabling an addict. I wonder though why the parents weren’t offered a more comprehensive treatment plan for their own recovery. I’ve seen this offered in past episodes. Al-Anon is an awesome program, but they needed help beyond what Al-Anon could provide. I was surprised at that.

    Posted by Theresa | August 3, 2017, 2:31 pm
  12. So sad. I definitely want to know what happens, hope for the best but she just seems so hopeless. So trying to get the timeline down here. She was arrested after the intervention when her mom sent her back to a college then she was bailed out. Then sent to treatment again, then flyed back home to live with parents. Back to the start basically. So then this new charge happened after that apparently in June? Crazy story. Slamming coke, smoking crack and drinking. I’d say 7 years before heart failure. and that’s generous. God bless her soul.

    Posted by Nick | August 3, 2017, 6:18 pm
    • They sent her back to the same rehab in TX not college if I’m not mistaken. She got arrested there. Then she was bailed out and sent to rehab in FL, stayed 5 days, came home and then got arrested in NY.

      Posted by Nicole | August 5, 2017, 7:16 pm
    • She had the intervention, went to rehab, after two weeks detox started sneaking out at night, officially left after 30 days and mom got her a Marriott room and plane ticket, she came home a month (using), her and mom flew back to Texas with intention she goes to rehab, she didn’t. Her and a man went on a month long meth binge. She went back finally to rehab where she assured staff, pulled fire alarms, through things through their windows, and kicked the cat litter box into the pool. Her mom bailed her out. She flew her to Florida. Katherine left that rehab afte days, contained to use and within no time was arrested again for possession.

      Posted by Sara | August 5, 2017, 11:06 pm
  13. Umm that’s kinda crazy to say that her parents should have never had her because of their age! My parents had me later in life and I have plenty of friends whose parents had them later in their lives. Hell I just had my first kid at 33! Their ages have nothing to do with her problems.
    “Mental illness is not your fault but it is your responsibility.”

    Posted by Renee | August 5, 2017, 3:25 pm
    • My parents had my sister at 31 and me at 34, but IMO 45 is too old to have your first and only child. The older you get, the harder it can be to keep up with a young child both physically and mentally. Combined with her father’s diagnosis (and possibly that of her mother as well) and it seemed to exasserbate the situation.

      Posted by Stefan | August 6, 2017, 1:17 am
      • So according to you, the age of her parents was the reason behind her addiction? The lamest explanation/blame game I have ever heard. Get real here, there are thousands of kids born to young mothers who also become addicts, and age has absoluely ZERO to do with it. Its a toxic mix of traumas, painful emotional experiences and personalities that causes addiction. And this comes from someone who has grown up in an addicted family.

        Posted by Mara | August 6, 2017, 6:26 pm
  14. No one should be sad for these parents. Their enabling will literally kill their only child.

    Posted by Jesy | August 5, 2017, 7:13 pm
  15. I’m her friend sara that applied her for the show, and was on it. It’s such a sad situation, and unfortunately she’s still addicted. I applied her because I felt like nobody was helping her. As you all saw, her mom is an enabler. Her mom buys her drugs, drives her to the drugs, and excuses all her behavior. When she went to Sante she left, her mom got her a hotel room and plane ticket. She then returned to Sante and disappeared on a 30 day meth binge, she went to Sante and assaulted the staff, pulled fire alarms, and trashed the rehab. She was arrested. Her mom bailed her out and flew her to Florida where she ditched that rehab after five days and her mom once again flew her to Syracuse. She already had a warrant there (rehab was a condition of no jail time per judge in prior heroin possession charge), so she decided to pretend to be me. She was caught with heroin and decided she should pretend to be me and get me arrested for heroin instead. Didn’t work. Got charged with possession and false personation. Of which, again, mom excused her. She told my mom “well I understand. She had a warrant, what else could she do?”. She has since been released from jail and is continuing to use. Her mom is continuing to buy. A couple of days ago Katherine drove a friends car home (on a suspended license), and honked the horn until 3am and her parents came out. She then fell out of the drivers seat completely wasted holding an open wine bottle. Talking about driving west and the end of the world. Again, a few days later, her mom excused her behavior- “poor Katherine, she was sad her boyfriend left”. Mom had called 911 due to the level of drunkenness and Katherine was brought to the emergency psych. They set up an outpatient, skip the waiting list, program for her. She never went. Mom again excused it “I understand, it’s not a good program”. It’s sad and terrible. I’ll never have my best friend back as long as her mom is in her life. She is so extremely codependent it’s insane. She never holds Katherine accountable. She’s given her the downstairs bathroom as her own personal drug den making her father have to climb a flight of stairs to use the bathroom. It’s sad and terrible. Katherine was once an extremely funny, caring and intelligent person. Best friend you could have. Unfortunately she’s extremely sick and her mother is too and unless separated there is no hope.

    Posted by Sara | August 5, 2017, 10:38 pm
    • Sara, first of all, I want to tell you what a sweet and wonderful person that I think you are. I was very touched by Katherine’s story but one of the most touching parts of it all was when you broke down during the intervention when Katherine was talking about how she was embarrassed about you seeing her that way. I could tell that you were such a wonderful friend to her, probably the best chance she has to straightening out her life.

      I am sure going into this and submitting her for the show, you had to think that the cards were stacked against you, Katherine’s life is full of enablers despite how well-meaning they are but you did it. You were the one person in Katherine’s life detached from the addiction and chaos enough to have some perspective as to how to possibly fix the situation.

      I was so broken-hearted to see that the intervention didn’t work this time. Katherine still seems like such a sweet girl at heart. I am really, really sad that she had stolen and used your identity- that of a great friend that tried to help her when no one else would, when she found herself in trouble with the law.

      I hope that you feel great about what you did for Katherine. You really stepped up to the plate and you were the only one in Katherine’s life willing and able to do that.

      I sincerely hope that Katherine comes to her senses and accepts the help she so desperately needs before it’s too late. I really do think she has so much to offer the world once she tackles her emotional trauma and addiction.

      I do want you to know though that I was so touched by you and your love and devotion to your friend. You are truly a wonderful person and Katherine is very lucky to have you in her corner.

      Thank you for doing what you did for her!

      Posted by Brian | August 6, 2017, 9:34 pm
    • Sara, if you’re still reading this, did her mom tip her off about the intervention? My roommate and I were watching last week, and judging from her mom’s reaction when her parents were confronted, I was convinced that Mom tipped her off.

      Posted by Vicki | August 7, 2017, 2:54 pm
    • Thanks for this update. It was really amazing of you to try your best to get her help. I can’t imagine how heartbreaking it’s been for you especially since.

      Since seeing this episode, I haven’t been able to shake her story. To me she seems incredibly empathic and emotionally sensitive and it appears her parents were overprotective and trying to shield her from experiencing those emotions (especially after the trauma), rather than dealing with them. The way her parents and especially her mom act really stuck with me and I hope they’re able to get help as well. Their enabling is out of control and really angering.

      Posted by Annie | August 7, 2017, 4:15 pm
    • I just watched the episode, again. You are truly the best friend anyone could ever dream of, and I’m so sorry your best friend is so lost. You can tell she was a sweet and loving girl. I hope she can find that self again, but I can’t see any hope for her recovery, until someone smacks her enabling mother into reality!! Her father is such a sweet man who loves Katherine dearly, but the mother is loving Katherine to her grave! As a mother, I had a very hard time watching her enable her daughter, and brush off her husband/father deep concern. It’s truly heartbreaking to watch, as you know. It may be impossible, but is there anyone who could get the mom into her own recovery? I’d say doubtful, as she has a calm excuse for everything, including her own detrimental behavior! Unless she gets help now, I can’t see Katherine getting out of this. Hang in Sara, and I’m pulling for you all.

      Posted by Monica Anstadt | September 26, 2017, 1:31 pm
    • I’m so impressed and touched by you in all of this and how you took it upon yourself to ensure help was offered to your friend. You’re clearly a very strong and caring person. I only just saw this episode and wonder if there is any good news now that some months have passed. I hope that even if Katherine cannot make positive changes, there is some form of good news for you and/or others involved. All the best to you. <3

      Posted by Melannie | April 4, 2018, 1:02 pm
  16. http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2017/08/syracuse_prostitute_intervention_tv_show_drugs.html

    She was recently in the news in Syracuse for the episode.

    You would think this would all effect her, right? My mom (Teri from Intervention) said she asked Kathy if this effected Katherine (in a way to make her change) and she said no, Katherine is elated that she’s so famous now.

    Very, very sad.

    Posted by Sara | August 5, 2017, 10:41 pm
  17. I applied Katherine to the show because nobody seemed on her side. Her mom was more concerned with their 3 months winter vacation in rehab. I only make this stuff clear because as messed up as Katherine is or may seem she doesn’t have sane people fighting for her. She isn’t making right decisions but then again she is addicted to god knows how many substances incompacitating her and her mother is going along for the ride. Katherine is a great person but she’s so gone. With her first two weeks of treatment her mom had sent her 8 letters including one from their cat.

    Posted by Sara | August 5, 2017, 10:49 pm
    • Thanks for the update. I know addicts can be unreliable but I think it would mean a lot to her to know you are still there for her and are willing to be her friend. I understand you being angry about her impersonating you but you have to remember the real Catherine would never have done that. My friend impersonated my brother so I have experience with a similar situation and I forgave him because I know that wasn’t the real him. I think if she knew you would still be her friend in whatever capacity you are willing would mean a lot to her. Would she quit using? Maybe not, but at least she might not feel so alone. This is coming from an ex heroin addict so I know what it’s like to feel like you are too much of a loser for your “healthy” friends. Even if you just said you wanted to get together for coffee or lunch it would probably mean a lot to her. You can set healthy boundaries and still be there for her which it sounds like you’ve been doing. I hope she gets better soon!

      Posted by Nicole | August 6, 2017, 12:12 pm
    • Sara, in addition to it being awful that you were named by her (how did the cops figure it out that it wasn’t you?) there are so many things appalling in this story. And making the legally blind father use a flight of stairs to get to the restroom is appalling as well.

      And I was wondering what Ken was referring to when he said to them about not contacting her during rehab. That is crazy!

      One question for you: do you think that the sheltered upbringing contributed to the situation now? It seems bizarre to me that the same parents who were so overprotective now let her do crack in the house and drive her to her johns!

      Posted by Lisa | August 8, 2017, 4:48 am
    • You are a good friend and it took real courage to do what you did and stand up for your friend. Keep fighting for her, you might be her best hope to get healthy. It took guts to help her despite her family not being helpful. Every episode of Intervention tears me up inside, this one especially did. Remember to always keep loving your friend and doing what you can to help her and forgive her.

      Posted by Jeff | September 23, 2017, 3:44 am
  18. What a sad situation. I wish her the best. It’s a mess for sure

    Posted by Dewey | August 5, 2017, 11:48 pm
  19. It’s a miracle that she’s alive. Crazy situation with the parents.

    Posted by Flo | August 6, 2017, 4:37 am
  20. Also, if anyone was curious, this is the arrest in Texas from the rehab center.


    Posted by Bekah | August 6, 2017, 6:16 am
  21. Her parents have basically accepted that she is going to die. Sad. They need an intervention more than she does.

    Posted by Chris | August 11, 2017, 4:57 pm
  22. Katherine C. is one of the rare addicts that seem to actually realize the harm they are doing to their family. They don’t deserve what she’s doing to them, and I heard her say that. I’ll never understand why someone like that won’t surrender to the treatment, after seeing the heartache they’ve caused to very loving and (overly, in this case) supportive parents.
    I came online this morning to see if there was any followup info and found this blog.
    Sara, I feel for you. You must have so much anxiety.

    Posted by Tracey | August 14, 2017, 4:23 am
  23. This episode broke my heart… I, too, feel that her mom is the one who tipped her off about the intervention. She seems to have some serious challenges of her own to cope and deal with, which she is clearly not. Sadly, Katie’s parents are going to kill her with their sick version of love… it’s a real shame to see such a vibrant smart and beautiful young woman just become another wasted life.

    Posted by Jenna | August 15, 2017, 1:26 pm
  24. I loved her. Any update? Facebook page? Hope she’s ok.

    Posted by Murray | August 17, 2017, 3:39 am
  25. This episode made me cry and cry. But I am also Ptaying for this Family,

    Posted by Roberta | August 17, 2017, 4:51 pm
  26. Sara – I wish everyone had a friend like you. I can’t imagine the pain you feel watching such a brilliant person and friend go down this path. Syracuse is so rough right now and needs far more resources than we have. Please consider speaking out publicly in this community. My thoughts and prayers for Katie, you, and family.

    Posted by Kate Malicek | August 22, 2017, 10:11 pm
  27. Anyone have her Facebook? Would love to see how she’s doing. Sara, I applaud you for such a good person you are. Not many people would do what you did for this young lady.

    Posted by Kenzie | August 24, 2017, 5:31 pm
  28. This episode really saddens me so much and is sticking with me for some reason. It’s obvious that the sane Katherine is so intelligent, caring and really sweet. I’m so sad that her parents (particularly her mom) are as sick as they are and really hindering her recovery. This is a family disease and it has a tight grip on them all. Sara, maybe one day Katherine will be in recovery and will be able to thank you for this. We cannot change others but you did plant the seed for her! I’ve heard often that the graveyards are full of ppl who were loved to death. On the other hand, sadly, should her parents die before she does she won’t be able to function AT ALL. They really aren’t doing her any favors. I’d bet just about anything that if the mom gets the help she needs Katherine would thrive in recovery. It’s really sad…

    Posted by Tammy | August 28, 2017, 12:38 pm
  29. I’ve watched many episodes of Intervention, and I’m not sure why, but this episode really affected me more than others. Katherine has such a beautiful light about her, but it’s smothered by her destructive behavior and addiction. There is no doubt the mother is to blame for the enabling, and it doesn’t appear Katherine will be completely shut off anytime soon. As Ken states, she needs to bottom out without a cushion.

    Sara, unfortunately, you are most likely her only lifeline of hope. I hope you can find the strength to continue to pursue a way to get her the help she so desperately needs. You’re a great friend……

    Posted by Lee | August 28, 2017, 4:39 pm
  30. I don’t wanna sound mean but her parents especially her mom are huge enablers. They’re helping their daughter dig her own grave. That whole family needs an intervention.

    Also a side note to Sara. You’re a great friend. Even though Katherine left treatment both times because she clearly doesn’t wanna be sober I think you did the right thing.

    Posted by Andy | August 30, 2017, 11:47 pm
  31. This episode was probably one of the most heartbreaking that I have seen. My heart aches for her parents. While they are the biggest contributors to her addiction, I feel as though they are very misinformed and think that by trying to micro manage her life they think are helping her. This family needs help, but it almost seems like the parents do not want to listen to the advice given to them from the experts. So tragic. I think about them often, and I truly hope things work out. I could not fathom the downward spiral Katherine would go into if one (or both) of her parents were to pass and vice versa.

    Posted by T | September 2, 2017, 7:42 am
  32. the mother does not truley want katherine to get better because she is afraid if she is better katherine will no longer need her. the mom is enabling her for her own selfish reasons and should not be commended for anything. In fact she should be arrested and convicted for buying drugs for her daughter. Please get help katherine and stay away from your mother, it is the only way you will get better. Praying for you Katherine.

    Posted by Troy | September 26, 2017, 12:12 pm
    • whoa!! first of all, nobody should be arrested for buying OR using– that’s 40 years of sorely failed war-on-drugs rhetoric gone stale. also, co-dependency might be many things, but since when is it a criminal statute? drop the law and order jazz, friend.

      Posted by Laura | September 27, 2017, 9:40 pm
      • I agree. Decriminalization for possession and use. More funding for rehabilitation.

        Posted by Geoff Elder | September 28, 2017, 6:27 am
      • Buying and selling drugs are a criminal offense, and that is what her mother should be arrested for. If that is what needs to happen for Katherine to finally get help then I hope that is what happens.

        Posted by Maria G | October 3, 2017, 4:38 pm
      • Laura, read her friend Sara’s comments about the things her mother does for or better wording to her and tell me it not criminal. Her mother needs to be held accountable.

        Posted by Troy | October 3, 2017, 5:03 pm
      • “criminal” is a social construction, and again, not one that has functioned well at ALL at the policy level in this country. just because the parents’ approach isn’t healthy doesn’t mean drug consumption/purchasing should be punished; there are so many alternatives to using the police and jail as a solution. a retributive society doesn’t allow for healing. if this girl was living in Portugal, where decriminalization of drugs has re-framed the issue as a public health issue (by all accounts, successfully), this would most likely be a different story.

        Posted by Laura | October 24, 2017, 12:01 am
    • The addict is addicted to the drugs, the codepedent is addicted to the addict.

      Just as hard as it is for Katherine to give up the drugs, it’s as hard for her parents to give up addicted Katherine.

      I got sober by getting arrested and getting sent to rehab by the judge. I was 23 in 1993. I’m actually for decriminalization of all drugs. So, let’s say that wasn’t the case, that Katherine’s use was legal. Even with that, the parents are putting up with abuse and chaos in their home.

      If they focused on their own health and putting the needs of Katherine ahead of their own needs, she would not be living there. Nor would her mother drive her to dealers and clients. Notice when Katherine was “on her own” for a month, she came begging back. She cannot continue her addiction comfortably unless parents enable her by providing safe housing and transportation. It doesn’t mean she’ll get healthy, but it does mean that two people who desperately need to focus on themselves can get healthy.

      Posted by blarinna | August 28, 2018, 10:54 pm
  33. I hope Katherine finds the strength and courage to make the decision to seek a better life. There is so much more to an addiction than the use of drugs. I wish I could give her the wisdom that comes with overcoming extreme adversity.

    You can love yourself, Katherine.

    Posted by Geoff Elder | September 26, 2017, 12:15 pm
  34. Is there any update to her story? She seems such a sweet girl with a broken heart and spirit. I wanted to reach out to her and her parents. Her parents seem very sweet too and beside themselves because they don’t know how to help her. If anybody has an update on her progress, I would love to know. Blessings, Jenn

    Posted by Jenn from PC | October 23, 2017, 5:50 am
  35. According to her facebook, she’s moved to Pennsylvania.
    Sara, any updates?

    Posted by Ashley | November 2, 2017, 7:36 am
  36. I really like Katherine and I’m so sorry for everything she’s been through. When she says she is not in denial about any of it and knows what she is doing to her family… strikes a chord with me because I’ve always been the exact same way.

    Posted by A | December 9, 2017, 9:57 pm
  37. Write to dr.phil!!

    Posted by Mag | December 10, 2017, 1:14 am
    • Absolutely not! The man isn’t even a licensed doctor anymore. He’s a snake oil salesmen who exploits people on TV for money. I personally know a few people who have been on the show and the producers encourage the guests to lie or do whatever is necessary to make their story more sensational. It’s a farce. Katherine needs real help, not Hollywood bullshit.

      Posted by Jon | December 25, 2019, 3:09 am
  38. It’s really easy to tell a parent they are being an enabler. However, I work with opioid dependent clients, and I find it to work much better if the person dependent has a strong support network. Bottom line/rock bottom leads to death.

    It’s a rough life but I believe these parents knew she was going to die and wanted to protect her.

    Katherine, if you read this…know that I am hopeful you will recovery. You can do this.

    Posted by Heather | May 20, 2018, 12:52 am
  39. Hi
    Does anyone know if there are any updates? Just caught this episode, wow. A great study in when what you can do alone is not working looks like. Definition of insanity anyone

    Posted by Su | August 28, 2018, 6:44 pm
  40. Just watched this episode. Does anyone have an update or fb page for her?

    Posted by Adrienne | January 5, 2020, 8:40 pm
  41. I just watched this episode. Katherine and Mr. and Mrs. C, you are a beautiful family, no one has the right to judge any of you. Through God all things are possible. Trust in him. Katherine I believe God has a plan for your life, you can recover and heal. You are meant for great things. God Bless you and your parents.

    Posted by Niddy | January 6, 2020, 9:35 pm
  42. The only addict I’ve ever heard describe their addiction as ‘insidious”

    Posted by eric | January 7, 2020, 3:44 pm
  43. I was in HS with her and reached out. The year after this she was in Denver area using and prostituting herself. Not sure after that

    Posted by Jacob | January 11, 2020, 5:43 pm
  44. Hoping the best for Katherine and loved ones.

    Posted by Missy | July 12, 2020, 12:06 pm
  45. I am praying for Katie’s parents. Hopefully, they will see the light.

    Posted by Lori | August 2, 2020, 6:38 am
  46. Wish there was an update.

    It really seemed like she would be successful. The end of the episode was so disappointing.

    And I can’t believe the parents allowed the heavy drug use in their house.

    Posted by Sam | September 6, 2020, 9:46 am

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