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The Heroin Hub: Chapter 6

Season 20, Episode 6

Location: Kensington area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Official Synopsis: EJ’s lies and deceptions cause a rift in his family, as some continue to enable him while others holds a firm bottom line. Interventionist Ken Seeley intervenes on EJ, who must finally decide if he is ready to accept help and go to treatment. Janine, Nicole, Bill, Alana, Amanda and EJ give final updates about their recoveries and hopes for the future.

My thoughts:  This show, man. Damn. It’s not an exaggeration to say it saves lives because it does. Frequently. Five of them this season. Janine, Alana, Bill, Nicole (OMG NICOLE!), and EJ. Incredible. But not everyone can be saved by an intervention and quality treatment. Amanda’s followup was beyond heartbreaking.  She was so defeated, so resigned to suffer what she thinks is her fate, what she deserves. That “spiritual awakening” she says she’s waiting for isn’t actually anything more than acknowledging to yourself that you’ve suffered enough and that you want to live a better life.  It’s not that complicated and it’s not that mystical. I think it might be one of the simplest and most profoundly human things that we experience.  Amanda walking the streets with a black eye, thinking only some big sign from God will get her to quit, as if losing everyone and everything wasn’t enough of a sign, was such a tragic way to end an otherwise heartwarming and inspiring episode of television.

Date aired: September 10, 2019

Interventionist: Ken

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  1. Toreigh

    Damn it Amanda! Made me so sad to hear her say she doesnt deserve to have a good life. I hope she has her revelation soon. Was sad to see alana and bill didnt make it as a couple, but are at least supporting each others recovery. Janine looks good and I was happy to see her mom quit drinking. EJ, though he was only 31 days in was starting to look much healthier. His eyes looked almost happy, but definitely healthy. And minus his relapse, I hope his second try at sobriety sticks. And nicole… she looks so good! Her new teeth topped the cake! And even though she was bruised and puffy, you can tell after the swelling goes away, she is a super beautiful woman! The best transformation I think I have seen. I hope she can stay sober and begins to relinquish a relationship with all of her kids, and that her boyfriend Joey stays on the good path with her.

    Also… Damn Ken. Age has been SO good to you! Man looks a little more fine everytime I see him!

    1. A

      Ken is truly hotter every season! Nice bonus to the show.

    2. Stefan

      I too was bummed that Amanda didn’t stay in treatment. I was especially sad with her “Not everyone gets their spiritual awakening” comment.

      Nicole seriously looked like a completely different person. It’s so heartening to know that the superficial effects of drug use can be reversed.

      I was about to post how hot Ken looked. Those tight shirts that showed off his chest and arms made me swoon!!!

  2. Joe

    I was surpised Amanda didn’t make it. I honestly thought she was going to turn the corner and not look back. Let’s hope she’s sober today. Speaking of which I wish they’d shown updates on the Heroin Triangle alumni. All in all though it was great to see so many addicts turn it around. Sucks EJ relapsed but you have to take your bumps and bruises sobering up. He’s so young but maybe that’s what he needed to be convinced he wants to be sober. Really psyched about Bill and Alana doing so well and realizing they need to work on themselves and not their relationship. When I was in rehab there were a few rehab romances and they all ended badly. Our counselor used to say you don’t go to a junkyard to buy a used car-don’t go to rehab looking for romance. That’s a huge minefield but they seem to have avoided it!

  3. Amy

    On Intervention’s Facebook posts EJ & his sister both commented & said he’s had a couple stumbles in his recovery but is currently sober!! Bill’s mother commented & said they’re both still sober for 15+ months & aren’t together but both are still living in California!! I loved both of them & hope they continue to do well. Amanda’s step mother commented & said she’s still using & doing worse & they don’t have any contact with her. So sad but unfortunately I wasn’t sure that she was completely done & would stay sober. I hope she has her revelation soon before it’s too late. Nobody has posted about Nicole for an update & I’d love to know that she’s still sober!! Wow what a transformation she looked beautiful!!

  4. Plain old Emily

    I thought Amanda would be for sure the one that got better out of all of them. She has a little boy. And the thought of her never gaining custody would wake her up. Tells you what kind of gnarly drug it is. I hope you find the right way Amanda. We are rooting for you.

  5. A

    I am absolutely devastated because I was rooting for Amanda and even though I don’t know her, I am angry at her. She had Connor, who genuinely cared about her without enabling (he realised she is using him and set boundaries), she had a son taken away from her, she got beaten up and possibly raped, to me it seems like there is no rock bottom for her.
    Also heartbroken for her sister.

    I didn’t recognise Nicole at first. She truly came back from death. I wish her well and I hope she has a chance to live a healthy life.

  6. Emme

    Wow! Nicole is an incredible, beautiful person inside and out. She is such an inspiration and a force to be reckoned with. I am concerned she’s still with that boyfriend and they moved to West Virginia though. West Virginia is completely ravaged by an opioid crisis right now.

    And Amanda just about fractured my heart. That was so brutal and gut wrenching.

  7. Aliyssa

    Does anyone know if amanda is alive?

      1. Susie

        Oh wow! I’m subscribed to morals over money on youtube. Awesome channel. Really hope amanda can get clean. She seems like such a cool girl.

  8. DONNA CAMM

    Yes Amanda was just on a youtube channel faces of Kensington she is still in active addiction

  9. KK

    Bill and Nicole look amazing!! Amanda, is the perfect example of what they say a lot in this show “you can’t love someone out of an addiction” she has loving, supporting people around her but unfortunately she has no self love and does not seem interested in learning to have it, that update scene on her was absolutely heartbreaking how much she’s given up hope, and possibly even life.
    I really enjoyed this season and the Heroin Triangle. It’s good to see this show in a different light then the regular set up. I liked this season better than HT because they showed the more gritty sides of life in addiction instead of it been the what seems “perfect” suburbs.

  10. Brittany C

    I FINALLY finished this Season. I hope they go back for Amanda. Just one more time. Also, side note…Connor…SHEESH. What an amazing man. I hope someone loves me unconditionally like that.

    1. Elizabeth

      Omg right? Listening to Connor talk about Amanda I was like dang I wish haha

      1. Susie

        I really liked amanda and in so sad to see she looks a lot worse. Her and conor would have made such a great couple. I really hope she can get clean and turn her life around.

  11. Angela Day

    So sad…

  12. CleanInPhilly

    Amanda is unfortunately still using. She is living in a suburb of Philly where heroin is readily available. It’s also close to Trenton NJ which is a heroin hub and dope is $5 instead of $10 like it is in Philly. The town she’s in is still 100x nicer and safer than Kensington tho. She’s been arrested a bunch of times this year for drugs, burglary, theft, etc. The DAs and judges out here pretty much release everyone right away and with overcrowding + COVID going on most non-violent criminals aren’t getting jail sentences. They’ll order drug addicts to go to meetings or rehab as part of the sentencing but they don’t really check up on them to make sure they’re doing it, and 90% of the probation and parole officers are lazy af and don’t care what you’re doing. There are a lot of resources available to people like Amanda- many methadone clinics and a few rehabs that get people hooked up with medical assistance right away (which pays 100%) and with it they get food stamps, free transportation/bus passes to people going to the clinic everyday, but people have to want to get clean and I guess Amanda doesn’t.

  13. Melissity

    I’m finishing up the Heroin Hub, and couldn’t wait to find out what happened to Amanda. Through some internet sleuthing, I was able to pull up her court record in Pennsylvania (Buck County). She literally just got arrested today (7/7/21) for possession of stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lots of previous charges for stolen property and possession too. So sad!!!

    1. April S.

      Is there a link you can provide?

      1. Melissity

        Some official judicial websites are finicky about direct links to case information. Try this: https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/Report/MdjCourtSummary?docketNumber=MJ-07205-CR-0000469-2020&dnh=oyYdkDmETtNAoBAZJjvpjg%3D%3D

        If it doesn’t work I can post the link to the case search and walk through how I found it.