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Jennifer (Intervention Canada)

Season 16, Episode 1

Jennifer
Age: 35
Location:  Southern Ontario
Addiction: Anorexia, painkillers

What’s Memorable:  I have to say, this one really disgusted me.  The way she has normalized shooting up as a regular part of her young childrens’ daily lives is really troubling to me. Not only does she inject many times a day right in front of them, with them actually sitting next to her asking her questions as she does it, she also leaves the needles lying around on the table and the floor where they’re easily accessible to her kids. I sympathize with Jennifer’s addiction but I cannot sympathize with the level of selfishness and neglect it takes to do that to your kids. And while I also sympathize with her husband, I don’t understand why he can’t at least pick the needles up off the floor or suggest that maybe she go into another room. Ugh, it just all really sickened me. This was some of the most irresponsible, dangerous parenting I’ve ever witnessed. If she couldn’t get clean after treatment, I’m at least relieved to find out that she’s no longer living with her children.

Official Synopsis: A young mother’s eating disorder has been a life-long affliction, now compounded by drug and sex addiction–but to get rid of all of her demons she’ll have to eliminate more than just her food. (Canadian produced.)

Date Aired:  November 2016
Interventionist:
Maureen

 

 

Categories: Anorexia, Eating Disorder, Intervention Canada Episodes, Most Disturbing Episodes, Pain Meds, Season 16

Discussion

53 Responses to “Jennifer (Intervention Canada)”

  1. This episode was very difficult to watch. I can not believe she would shoot up right in front of her kids. Her husband literally should have left her. I am all for rehabilitation but this woman was on a whole other level. I hope she is doing well, everyone deserves to be helped.

    Posted by Sad | September 4, 2017, 4:22 pm
  2. I have seen this epi a few times & it really is disgusting how she has involved her little kids! Not just the needles & shooting up but spitting out her food while they watch also really pissed me off! SO sad! The reality of their dad’s illness adds another tragic layer to the whole mess! It’s probably the saddest Intervention I’ve ever seen!

    Posted by Karen | September 4, 2017, 4:50 pm
  3. I wrote this a few weeks ago in resonse to another post:

    Yes her name is Jennifer – it was a Canadian episode from earlier this year – one that really stayed with me because she made no effort to shield her children. Her husband has a severe bone infection that he needs surgery to help give him a few more years but he refused to do it because he didn’t want to leave her alone with the kids, which means he’d die in a few years. She steals his pain meds and coaxes him on what to tell his doctors, her brother says she’s the best mother he’s ever seen and “she’s so positive with the kids.”

    She shoots pain pills as often as every 15 minutes, in front of the kids – her eldest, 8 yo, jokes about “the needle monster, watches over her and asks if she missed the vein and tells her mother she has to do her best to eat because she chews her food and spits it out, again, in front of her kids. Her daughter is her emotional caretaker. Her son was writhing in pain while she put off taking him to the ER because she couldn’t sit there without shooting up. Hours later she takes him and leaves him alone on the bench while she rushes out to the car to get her fix. Something else seems to be going with him, I think they said he was five but during his crisis was shown with a pacifier in his mouth.

    After she left treatment her family held their bottom lines – I’m hoping her daughter’s emotional wellbeing is addressed.

    Posted by Lhamo55 | September 4, 2017, 4:57 pm
  4. Oh boy where do I begin on this one? I honestly thought this was a made up episode because no one could be this bad, boy was I wrong. I agree with Dizzy this episode is so disgusting in so many ways Idont have words for it. Shooting up in front of her children, stealing with her children, cheating on her husband, throwing up in front of everyone, I mean why has everyone let this go on for so long? Doug should’ve thrown her out at the first sign of her addiction,no questions. I have no hope for this one because she’s so far into her addiction it will take a miracle and good job getting her removed from the home after she left treatment. Her children are too young to truly understand the drug abuse and I hope they’re no longer subjected to their mothers addiction.

    Posted by Janice | September 5, 2017, 12:45 am
  5. This episode portrays the ugly realities of addiction. I agree, it is so uncomfortable to watch.

    Posted by Mallory | September 5, 2017, 5:51 pm
  6. I just watched this and I agree this was very disturbing in so many ways. I always think that as long there is breath in the body, there is hope. However, I’m not sure about Jennifer. Her children are deeply traumatized by this and she oblivious. I do think it shows the reality of most homes that have an addict living in the household. Most addicts don’t care.

    Posted by Jennifer | September 7, 2017, 8:25 pm
  7. Yeah, I saw this one last year and couldn’t believe that she didn’t even attempt to hide it from her children. It made me so sad.

    Posted by Jacey | September 8, 2017, 2:21 pm
  8. Anyone have any updates on her or her kids? I’m glad Doug got custody of them, but I hope she gets better for her husband and kids.

    Posted by LovelyLexi | September 10, 2017, 4:44 pm
  9. Perhaps I don’t know the structure of filming an episode of intervention. But Jennifer And Doug seem like they are not the kind of people that allow cameras Into their living hell.
    What does a&e offer addicts, in order to film?

    I know some want to “show” people what addiction looks like (not realising an intervention is imminent) but Jennifer doesn’t seem to care about much. I dont understand how or why she would agree to have cameras filming her and her family and all of their fucked up despair.

    Posted by Chelsea | September 15, 2017, 12:40 am
    • Considering that neither Jennifer or her husband gave 2 f’s in shielding their children from seeing her doing all of these things (including her family members), I seriously doubt they give a F about “strangers” watching/filming this all go down.

      That right there speaks volumes to me. BOTH of them are to blame when it comes to these children being traumatized from all of this.

      Posted by kitty katt | April 20, 2018, 12:47 pm
    • Interesting that you ask that…I was chatting with someone I know who’s in recovery (we’re Canadians), and a dear friend of hers was on Intervention Canada (I didn’t ask what season/name). Anyway, she said the addict was offered $500 to participate and payment would come once filming was successfully completed.

      I don’t know if that’s in line with anything that’s ever been discussed here.

      Posted by Rob | July 22, 2020, 12:22 am
  10. He husband passed away October 22, 2017, because he didn’t have the surgery.

    Posted by Catherine | October 27, 2017, 9:42 pm
  11. I have seen episodes that shocked and disgusted me but not like this one. I couldn’t believe she was openly shooting up right in front of her kids like that! The neglect and terrible environment they were livings, ugh. That house was such a mess with her drug use. I was mortified and outraged by it all! I feel so bad for the kids. Their mother had to be removed from the home and their father passed away. I hope the kids now are being well taken care of and getting the support they need so they can go on to lead happy and healthy lives.

    Posted by Hector | February 12, 2018, 11:17 pm
  12. Now that her husband is dead, what happened to her kids?
    She didn’t seem to give a crap about them, shooting up
    right in front of them, not to mention purging and spitting
    her food out in front of them. Those kids are probably
    already ruined. The little boy seemed to be screaming for
    Help! It was so sad

    Posted by Scot Hodson | February 17, 2018, 1:42 am
  13. Does anyone have an update on what happened to the kids and Jennifer now that their father/husband has passed away?

    This episode was beyond disturbing and outrageous. Doug was no better than Jennifer when it came to parenting. He might not have been shooting up, purging, smoking, all at the same time while sitting at the kitchen table, he ALLOWED his kids to witness this day in and day out. Shame on both of them and shame on her family who did nothing either but instead spoke praises of her being like she deserved a Mother of the Year Award.

    This episode has be so pissed off that I could write a book right now because I have so much to say about it.

    Posted by kitty katt | March 26, 2018, 6:00 am
  14. This was a very painful episode to watch. A friend I grew up with lived in a home just like this. He and his three siblings were constantly witnessing the mother shoot up and bring in strangers to have sex with while the husband would work and then come home and drink his denial away. I always knew it was happening, but I was a little kid too and felt helpless. Watching this episode literally had me yelling at the screen at every single adult that was too selfish to step up for those kids. Call services against that family so those kids can have some hope of a life. I know what happens to a kid who isn’t rescued. My friend died of a heroin overdose at 13 years old. That’s what happens to these kids. I hope the show producers understand that if they walk into a situation like this, they need to stop filming and get services immediately to remove the kids. This one was too far and frankly, unforgivable.

    Posted by Casey | April 29, 2018, 5:35 pm
    • In this particular intervention, the interventionist does tell Doug that they children will not be going back home if Jennifer refuses treatment. My understanding from previous episodes and a few shows of Dr. Phil’s that I’ve seen about similar situations such as this is that when they film what is going on or they are made aware by credible proof then they (Dr. Phil, Interventionists, etc.) have the right to withhold a child from leaving with their parent/provider to go back to the place that is uninhabitable for them. They are then mandated to report EVERYTHING and nothing can then be disputed as it’s all on tape. I also read that the filming of the children in most episodes is usually done first in different pieces and then edited to last throughout the show. They limit the time these kids are around it while being filmed. Also, I read that the staff and producers clearly keep their eyes on the children at all times and try to prevent any harm (physically) coming their way. For example, many times the producers will tell the addict that they cannot allow them to drive because they are completely intoxicated therefore they take their keys and have someone else pick them up.

      Family, people, friends, and kids can say everything is fine and dandy just so the addict doesn’t get in trouble and the kids don’t get taken away.

      With it being on film, there is no denying what anyone of us saw so that’s the smoking gun in this situation.

      I’ve seen a few Intervention episodes similar in the sense that if the addict doesn’t go get help then these children will not be returning to the home they shared as there is some kind of law the interventionist must adhere to.

      In Jennifer’s case, she bailed out of treatment so she was removed from the home where her husband and kids were living in. If he took her back, the kids would be gone.

      Posted by kitty katt | April 30, 2018, 5:11 pm
  15. I’m seriously praying for her children, especially her daughter Jordyn, who is old enough to comprehend everything that is going on around her. The Needle Monster!? “I need you to try to eat, Mommy”… this poor girl is going to need extensive therapy to be able to cope with this level of trauma and dysfunction this early in her life.
    I have never been so disgusted and outraged with a participant on this show. I am frustrated that Jenn’s husband was so complacent and enabling- I wonder what the family is doing now that he’s passed on.

    Posted by Shellsea | May 4, 2018, 9:34 am
  16. Honestly the indoor smoking upset me more than anything.

    Posted by Jorge | May 23, 2018, 8:36 pm
  17. Has Doug really passed?

    For the life of me I can’t understand the logic behind his reason for not getting the surgery. He doesn’t want to leave the children with Jennifer?? What do you think is going to happen WHEN he dies from not getting the surgery? Either they will still end up with her or if someone comes to their senses and finally does take them away from her they will either end up with family or in a foster home. I would think for the children’s sake he would have had the surgery and made sure they were left with family or at this point a foster home would have probably been safer then leaving them with her. Why wouldn’t you do that for the sake of your own children? Now what?

    Posted by Kitty Katt | May 25, 2018, 7:01 pm
    • Yah I thought the same thing. Could the kids not have gone to stay with their grandparents (which they are now doing)? I wonder if maybe he had some kind of death wish. Either way, he was just as much to blame as Jennifer for allowing her to stay in the house and shoot up in front of their children.

      Posted by Stefan | May 25, 2018, 9:38 pm
    • I don’t understand much of anything about Doug – I know he loved her, but my lord, what was he thinking?

      He’s able-bodied enough to do laundry and cook…but he can’t pick up the needles?

      He can look sheepish and show the stash of money he’s hidden and tell the cameraman what his wife is actually doing (shoplifting), but he held off on the surgery he needed so he could keep his children safe from her if she didn’t go through with treatment?

      Don’t get me started with Jen’s mother. Yes, she was abused in her childhood and in her marriage, but the other stuff (if it can be believed) just makes me so angry. She cowered and lied to Jen, and she doesn’t seem to get that it damaged her daughter. The building blocks preparing Jen for life are like warped Legos.

      Posted by Sudie | April 27, 2020, 1:50 pm
  18. Yep….death wish just might be the answer.

    Posted by Kitty Katt | May 26, 2018, 9:51 pm
  19. First time commenting. I caught a rerun of this episode last week and it’s stuck with me. I cannot believe no one else noticed this… She screams at her husband after visiting her boyfriend (because her husband is confrontational about the cheating).

    She becomes angry and shuts the conversation down, saying “I will not let you do this in front of the kids. You always do this in front of the kids. You always do this.”

    My heart breaks. It strikes me as profound that a person can be so incredibly, insidiously deep in their addiction that shooting up in front of the kids – whom the addict loves more than life itself – can feel “normal,” even commonplace. It feels like no big deal to the addict. And yet exposing the children to conversations about infidelity is off limits and out of bounds.

    Man. My heart is so broken for Jennifer. And for her beautiful little children. This episode is haunting in a way that makes my soul feel sick. Even days later, I’m still thinking about it.

    I’m sending prayers your way Jennifer. If there’s a breath in your lungs, there is still hope. It’s never too late. You had such a devastating childhood, so much unbearable pain for a little girl to live through, but you are more powerful than you know. You can do anything you put your mind to. Break the cycle. Prove everybody wrong. From one mother to another: you can do it.

    Sending healing thoughts your way.

    Posted by brandy c. | June 12, 2018, 3:13 pm
  20. Two words. Selfish and self centered. Drugs and eating disorder aside, she doesn’t give a damn about those kids whether she is high or sober. I know how addiction plays out, but I’m still not convinced that she even loves her children. She couldn’t even give rehab a try. I don’t know the way the law works in Canada, but in the US she could be locked up for child endangerment. Toddlers are known for putting everything in their mouth, even needles. On another A&E program, “Live PD” last night, it showed an officer in Greene County, Missouri who took action when a child, not properly restrained in a car seat, and was in the car was next to a needle with heroin in it and a meth pipe. That pissed the officer off, and he took both to jail for child endangerment and possession, and also called CPS. I also wonder why CPS hasn’t made any sort of lasting action. I hope she goes to prison for several years and the children are placed in a good home, and given extensive therapy, especially the very bright daughter. I feel bad Doug passed away, I’m sure the stress she placed on him was a contributing factor. She completely used him.

    Posted by Seth | August 5, 2018, 5:22 pm
  21. I agree with you Seth. I can normally find at least a small amount of empathy for the worst addicts, but I have none for Jennifer. I was totally disgusted by the fact that she didn’t even TRY to hide anything from her kids. Those kids are going to be scarred for life. It makes me so sad.

    Posted by Ami | August 6, 2018, 3:13 pm
  22. I am a huge fan of Intervention (and this awesome website…thanks Dizzy! )

    I must say this is one episode I had NO sympathy whatsoever for the addict portrayed. The disgusting spitting of food, shooting up and bleeding in front of the kids, who are old enough to know what’s going on. The whining and poor me attitude just made me sick. Those children should have been taken away a long time ago and I think even sober she would be a neglectful parent. What made me cry was the ER fiasco with her son…I understand addiction takes you to low places but leaving your small son to shoot up in the car is just DESPICABLE.

    I hope she someday will get her life together but I’m doubtful. In the meantime I pray those kids were taken far away from that horrible situation and are getting some kind of counseling.

    Posted by Kerri | August 15, 2018, 11:30 am
  23. can anyone tell me what happened to Jen

    Posted by David A | August 29, 2018, 7:44 am
  24. I could not fully watch her episode. I got to where she left her crying sick kid laying alone in the emergency room to go shoot up and smoke cigarettes after she spent her entire day shooting up instead of taking her sick kid to thr doctor during the day. I couldn’t watch it. It broke my heart. I have 2 kids and I just cant put my mind there.

    Posted by Toreigh | November 27, 2018, 3:08 pm
  25. Where is Jennifer today?

    Posted by lovenlight | May 8, 2019, 7:32 pm
  26. Anyone know where I can watch this? Can’t find it on Hulu or amazon prime video.

    Posted by Erin | May 30, 2019, 12:24 pm
  27. Where is she???? I live in London ontario so I assuming I don’t live far from her…

    Posted by Nancy | September 23, 2019, 6:58 pm
    • She’s from the Thornhill area of Toronto. I went to high school with Jen years ago at that treatment center they spoke of in the episode…most of us from that place grew up to be addicts, myself included (sober now), but I cannot believe the level of dysfunction in her household! She was always anorexic and doing that thing where she’d chew then spit out her food. Staff had to force-feed her that Ensure stuff cause she didn’t eat anything else.

      Honestly I don’t want to talk too much shit about her but she’s always been an awful and selfish person. She would do all kinds of manipulative things to get others into fights and then be happy watching everyone argue, she would instigate all kinds of problems and cause such turmoil in that center it was unreal. She and I personally never got along and she was the reason for me getting kicked out of that place, which in hindsight was a good thing. She’s always just been the type of person to create drama and hurt others while

      They fail to mention on the episode that Jen has an older daughter as well, the girl should be approx 17 or 18 now and was apprehended by CAS after an incident where Jen dropped her on her face in McDonald’s as a baby while high on cocaine. I’m guessing that’s just wasn’t relevant or something to their storyline but yes she’s got other children and I’m surprised that CAS didn’t have a file going on her when the 2 younger ones were born.

      I can’t say I was overly surprised to see her on the show because as I said all the kids in that treatment center grew up to have struggles with addiction however it was beyond gross to see how she was slamming pills right in front of her kids like that and leaving her little boy alone in emerg so she could go do a shot. I realize addiction makes people selfish and lose touch with their better judgment but this was another level of fucked up. I’ve watched this show since the very first episode and Jen was by far the worst one I’ve seen. Crazy I actually know this broad in real life. God help those kids who will likely now grow up in the same system that screwed us up decades ago.

      Posted by Beth | September 24, 2019, 11:10 am
  28. I was wondering the same thing. How come no one in her family would take the kids while Doug went to surgery?? Did they really not care enough about those kids or him for that matter?

    Posted by Luna | November 16, 2019, 5:22 pm
  29. This was one of the most insane episodes of intervention I have ever seen. It haunts me. I cannot believe the total lack of care and consideration this selfish, POS woman displays for her children. She is setting them up for hell.

    Posted by networkoverload | April 10, 2020, 11:08 am
  30. One other thing…and I know it sounds picky…but when the husband Doug said she needs to pull back a bit. Not sure if he was overcome with emotion and made a particular choice, but I had issue with “a bit”. Seriously, dude? The things she’s doing are WAY LARGER than a bit. Doug just rubs me the wrong way.

    I know he’s dealing with his owm health, but disrupting the intervention flow by wanting Jen’s answer before he read his letter pissed me off. So many things about him just rubbed me the wrong way.

    Posted by Sudie | May 25, 2020, 6:49 pm
  31. It was really difficult to have any sympathy for this woman. I’ve dealt w addictions and have behaved in selfish ways, so I always try my best to remember it’s the substance and mental health issues.

    But I have a feeling Jennifer is a POS with or without drugs. She shouldn’t be allowed to have children. Found her to be absolutely disgusting.

    I wish the best for her poor children. I hope they are being better taken care of and are also receiving proper psychological treatment. Poor things 🙁

    Posted by Xlio | June 14, 2020, 1:49 pm
  32. Absolutely the most disgusting episode I’ve ever seen. HOW did family and friends leave the kids with those animals ??!!!!!! Where are the police ??!!! Shame on the family. How dare you leave those precious innocent kids with them. I hope those children never see them again and are able to be adopted. So disgusted. Why did producers camermen allowe this to happen in front of the kids ??? Child services should have been called immediately. Shame on everyone. I cannot imagine how many times those kids must have been close to dying in that place. I’m so worried they were failed by soooo many.

    Posted by Carol | July 21, 2020, 10:22 pm
  33. Watching this episode now and I cannot believe it. I read these comments beforehand and thought that it can’t be that bad, people must be exaggerating. WOWWW I was wrong. If anything, its WORSE. Her daughter asking “did it hurt? did you miss?” I’m literally 2 minutes in and I want to throw up. Those kids are either going to be fucked for life, or be miracles and thrive. I hope and pray for the latter. She truly robbed them of a childhood and that makes me so angry and sad. I know when you’re an addict your thought process changes and stuff, to say the least, but really?? TO not even go to another room AT LEAST? Spitting your food up in front of your children? I hope they don’t not only develop a drug habit but an eating disorder too. My god. The family should’ve taken the kids away a LONG time ago. Geez man.

    Posted by Elizabeth | August 19, 2020, 5:42 pm
  34. You know for a very long time I always defended Intervention, the show, and it’s interventionists. Some ways exploitative in many levels, and some ways informative and helpful in many other ways. It’s a Catch 22, but with this episode I CAN’T. I think everyone deserves help and second chances but this woman was beyond help and the most manipulative and selfish person, addicted with mental health issues or not, that I have ever witnessed. I’ve known addicts. I still know addicts. I know they are not in their right mind but this was both shocking and infuriating. As a producer or camera person I WOULD NOT stand there and film as this woman shoots up every 15 minutes in front of her children as she’s making it a fucking game. Watching as they walked over filth and open needles with their tiny bare feet. FUCK THE TV SHOW. The police would’ve been called quietly but IMMEDIATELY. Those kid’s lives in that moment mattered a hell of a lot more than her getting help. They don’t have a choice in the matter and at the end of the day she does but chooses the latter. Their safety and well-being come BEFORE her. And don’t even get me started on her husband because he was no better and is just as much to blame. God rest his soul but he needed just as much if not more help than her. Who lets their children around that? They should’ve been protected from the BOTH of them but instead everyone failed them . I sort of understand legally there would be nothing her family could do to get police to knock down her door if they have no proof or evidence of her drug use and neglect. However I’d be knocking down that door and risking jail time and fines if it meant my actions would get those children removed from that home. I’ve never been so angry watching an episode of Intervention, ever, and I’ve seen every last one. I rewatch Intervention episodes a lot but this one enraged me so much it’s been about 4 years since I could bring myself to watch this one again. Truly disgusting watching every single person witness those children experiencing what will later be severe mental trauma and do absolutely nothing but write the show, and film children in a highly dangerous and psychologically damaging situations for viewers and money. Un-fucking real.

    Posted by Nancy H. | September 1, 2020, 10:43 pm
  35. Where is Jennifer at now?
    9/14/2020

    Posted by Terra | September 13, 2020, 5:03 pm

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