My wife and I just finished watching episode #70 of A&E’s Intervention, which covered Jenny and Mike. I’ll share my thoughts on Jenny in this post and come back to Mike in a later post.
What was most amazing about Jenny’s case was how fast her addiction took hold and progressed. Within a matter of six months, Jenny’s use of prescription Lortrab after a surgery quickly progressed to an addiction that lead to an arrest for the theft of a prescription pad. Within a short time from, she had begun to dabble in meth and then graduated to heroin. Again, all within six months.
Jenny’s addiction, like many, was aided and abetted by the help of loved ones. In classic fashion, one of Jenny’s sisters did everything from providing her with money to giving her “clean urine” so she could pass drug tests. Of course, Jenny’s sister hated the addiction, but she clearly feared what might happen if she didn’t help Jenny out. Like many family members, the sister was torn between the desire to keep Jenny from suffering consequences and the realization that her assistance may ultimately contribute to Jenny’s eventual death.
Overall it seemed like a solid intervention, though the show seems to be showing less and less of the intervention itself. There were a bunch of family members present, but we only heard a couple of impact letters. Jenny ultimately did commit to going to treatment and got clean, only to relapse. Thankfully, a few months later when she got pregnant (a long-time desire), she kicked on her own.
As for me, there was one moment in the intervention when I wished I could talk directly to Jenny. It was when they had handed her the brochure for the rehab center. Jenny said something to the effect of “I’m so afraid of being alone.” That moment seemed like a great opportunity for the interventionist and the family to lovingly reinforce that Jenny’s addiction, was in fact isolating her from those she cared about. Rehab, though it may be a big step, would likely result in less loneliness, not more!
The Treatment Center
Beacon House is a non-profit (yeah!) treatment center in stunning Monterey, CA. They offer a variety of programs from 1-3 month inpatient and outpatient programs, as well as a sober living set-up for women. They do have a medical doctor on staff in addition to a couple of MFT’s and a psychologist. You can visit their website at www.BeaconHouse.org.
1-877-342-2435 (toll free)