Intervention: Jamie is Addicted to Alcohol, Ketamine, and Jesus Christ

For a moment, I thought I was really done with Intervention. I swore off doing recaps, and providing snarky commentary for the show’s screwed up narrative.  It started to make me feel icky and I no longer wanted to contribute to its massive popularity. But weaning myself off of the show was much harder than I expected. Like a moth to a flame, I tuned in to last night’s episode almost involuntarily. I was lying in bed listening to Tegan & Sara and thinking about lesbians when all of a sudden my TV just turned on and lo and behold, a new episode of Intervention appeared on the screen. At first I was like, “I’ll just watch it as a fan. I won’t recap it.” This proved to be impossible, however, because it turned out to be one of the most batshit insane episodes I’ve ever seen. It surpassed the episodes about the bulimic twins, the huffer, and the naked violent girl who was addicted to meth.

This episode involved a family of Evangelical Christians so I knew shit was going to be real weird from the onset. The episode began with Jamie—a 27-year-old alcoholic with questionable highlights— attending a service at The Church of People Who Like To Close Their Eyes And Chant. She talked about how she wanted to dedicate herself to Jesus and then there were shots of her swaying with her hands up in the air. It  kind of looked like she was at a rave rolling on ecstasy, but it turned out to just be a typical day at her church. Anyway, after she finished with church and talking about religion, she went to a bar, got wasted, and went into a K-Hole. There was no gentle segueway. One minute she’s talking about how much she loves Jesus and then Smash cut: Jamie’s in a K-Hole. She’s getting wasted and calling herself the ultimate party girl. After church, I thought people just went to In-N-Out and ate animal fries, but Jamie’s like, “BRB Jesus. Goin’ in a K-Hole.”

So the episode’s already off to an insane start. Much to my shock though, Jamie’s antics were just the tip of the iceberg. As it turned out, her whole family was completely nuts. Let me break it down for you.

The Family That Loves Jesus, Drugs, Denial, and Weird Clothing

Jamie’s Dad: Jamie’s dad is a big ball of Jesus love. He hates sin! It’s the worst!  But when he’s not preaching about the glory of God, he’s flying into rages that probably terrified the cameramen. Jamie and her sister Susan allege that their father was physically and emotionally abusive to them, which makes sense. Just by looking at him on my TV, I get a black eye. But he denies this by saying that he just talks loudly and factually. Regarding the accusations of physical abuse, Jamie’s dad admits to having to “restrain” his kids but nothing more. This all comes off as complete bullshit. Throughout the episode, you realize what a creepy control freak he is. He even leaves Jamie’s intervention for a second because it’s not going according to his plan. Also hilarious: He claims to not enable Jamie even though he gives her a couple hundred bucks a month and allows her to live at home rent free. You know when you meet certain people and you’re like, “I need to take a bath. They made me feel dirty!” afterwards? He’s like that.

Jen: Jen is Jamie’s identical twin sister who died of a drug overdose. Growing up, the two were inseparable and partied together. Jamie got clean though while her sister did not, and a year after her sister’s death, Jamie relapsed and became the addict she is today. Her death is a large contributor to her drug abuse obviously. The whole family never properly grieved her death and are the major dysfunctional freaks they are today because of it.

Susan: Susan was an interesting one. At first I thought she was the normal sister, but then it’s revealed in one scene that she snorted ketamine with Jamie while on their way to a bar. Things got particularly bizarre when it came time to do Jamie’s intervention. Before they could start, Susan suffered a complete mental breakdown, threatened suicide, and never actually attended the intervention. If you’ve been keeping track, that means the three sisters all abuse drugs, have suicidal thoughts, and one of them is dead. Meanwhile, the father is just like, “Just turn to Jesus!” Ugh, people are so fucked.

The intervention: The intervention was naturally a shitshow. The interventionist, Candy, is clearly just dumbfounded by how crazy everybody is. She’s almost at a loss for words. Anyway, Jamie accepts treatment mostly because she’s religious and has such deep-rooted shame about her sins. She’s been sober since December 18, 2010. Everyone else is in her family is still crazy though so her sobriety is almost bittersweet. Good luck, sister. You’re going to need it. TC mark

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“You are the only person who gets to decide if you are happy or not—do not put your happiness into the hands of other people. Do not make it contingent on their acceptance of you or their feelings for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if someone dislikes you or if someone doesn’t want to be with you. All that matters is that you are happy with the person you are becoming. All that matters is that you like yourself, that you are proud of what you are putting out into the world. You are in charge of your joy, of your worth. You get to be your own validation. Please don’t ever forget that.” — Bianca Sparacino

Excerpted from The Strength In Our Scars by Bianca Sparacino.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/wingedthing Leigh Alexander

    but they love jesus so its ok

    • JESUS

      Totes. Just turn that cheek, Jamie… to better snort the ketamine.

  • http://twitter.com/MollyL Molly Laich

    “It surpassed the episodes about the bulimic twins, the huffer, and the naked violent girl who was addicted to meth.”

    Those are the best episodes, alright. I like to smoke pot while I watch that show, which makes me feel a little bad but not as much as you might think.

    • Wadeabbey0

      I do too! I don't really feel that bad anymore though.

  • anon

    what city was this episode filmed in? my friend told me that a recent “intervention” episode was filmed in my hometown…

    • guest

      windsor

    • melissa batty *(gagnier)*

      it was filmed in windsor ontario.. she has had a lot more problems then told on the show.. and i wish people wouldnt judge her on her highlights..she wasnt there for a hair council.. jeeez

      • guest

        ketamine and hydrogen peroxide is never a good combination.

  • Wolff Kristy

    Omg those highlights WERE questionable, Jesus.

    • HiredGoons

      ALL HIGHLIGHTS ARE QUESTIONABLE (save the magazine)

  • http://twitter.com/brunodion Bruno Dion

    Should have given the entire family a group discount.

  • http://twitter.com/FTfunkj Joey Martino

    i always forget to watch, and ur recaps make me wish i hadn't forgot. i guess thats what happens when u cut all t.v. but maybe am hour a week, out of ur life

  • http://twitter.com/jforjenius Riaad van der Merwe

    hahahaha. this was an amazing read. brightened my day, with and almost holy light!

  • 2ci

    K rules.

  • srto

    LOL people still go to ” church” in the year 2011……… WOW

    • Csinylover

      It takes a real man, or a real woman, to attend church. The church won't fall down if you go.

      • Big Brother

        How is Jamie now? Did she stay sober?

  • Csinylover

    I have known Jamie for a long time. We got sober at the same time, and became friends. I have no clue why we Christians are viewed as people who look down on others, use excuses, etc. Everyone has issues. Jamie is more of a woman because she admits to them. It takes a real woman to go to church in the midst of having struggles. I know of many who are too ashamed to go to church when they have sinned. It takes a big person to do that-to stand before God and admit they have a problem. I know her. I have heard her pray that way, and I know she will beat this. Will you beat whatever issues you are struggling with? WIll you have the guts to admit to others your struggle?

  • Csinylover

    The comments were very offensive to those of us who know her. As if the writer feels inferior to others and lacks confidence. Admitting you have a struggle takes bigness. Poking fun at others says this, “I have confidence problems.” “I hate who I am.” “I have depression.” “I feel inferior to others.” You can see that clearly in the writer's comments.

    The writer of this is very talented. With confidence, their writing will be much better, and maybe be making them some money. Just gotta get that confidence issue dealt with.

    • guest

      Hypothetically speaking, if the writer had those problems you describe, would you, by saying the writer feels inferior and lacks confidence, not be much different from the writer describing a situation one does not personally have knowledge of? Glass houses are easy to see through.

  • Kristxoxo

    There is nothing funny about addiction but their is a shocking reality to how f***ed up this family is… the whole statement
    “Jamie is more of a woman because she admits to them. It takes a real woman to go to church in the midst of having struggles. I know of many who are too ashamed to go to church when they have sinned. It takes a big person to do that-to stand before God and admit they have a problem.”

    Um maybe I am wrong but I don't think going to church and admitting your sins makes you good or bad… that is a ridiculous statement… that is like me admitting I have an addiction to my teddy bear… unless she gets so high that she thinks “Jesus” actually does come visit her and she repents for all her sins. Sounds completely silly. BTW love your article Ryan, good stuff.

  • Lily

    Wow. I'm amazed that one of the most craziest Intervention subjects is Canadian! And from the same province! As me! I didn't watch this episode but from your description of teh crazy, I thought that kind of crazy could only be found in America. Never again shall I underestimate my own countrymen/women or think that only certain kinds of crazy exist in the US. Now when is an Intervention episode going to be filmed in my hometown?!?! Glad to hear that Jamie is sober – hope she stays that way!

  • guest

    so is jamie still on k?

    • guest

      No, she is not. There are 25 other letters.

  • tina

    Your depiction of the opening sequence with her singing hymns is grossly exaggerated… your depiction of the father on the other hand was not.  I have had the pleasure of meeting Jamie almost a year after this episode was aired and she is honestly the nicest person you have ever met. She is warm, friendly and very charismatic. As far as I know, she is still clean and active in her religious community. Although I am not the same religion I still think that her goal of helping other women and girls in her congregation is very admirable! She is a success story surrounded by really unsupportive and sick family. This recap is cruel.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fania-Spv/1272320309 Fania Spv

    I can’t believe Im saying this, but I wouldn’t be so hard on the dad. Yes, he’s probably not the best human being on the planet, but imagine having to be the sole emotional support for two totally messed up daughters every single day, who don’t seem to be getting  better .  

  • Dawnrose232

    QUESTIONABLE HIGHLIGHTS?! I REGRET BEING MEAN, BUT DOES EVERYONE FORGET THAT SHE IS 27 WITH BRACES?! THEY SHOWED WAY OLDER PICTURES OF HER WITH BRACES TOO. DID SHE HAVE SOMETHING WRONG WITH HER GUMS? BECAUSE I NEVER HHEARD OF A WOMAN HAVING BRACES FOR THAT LONG. ALSO, THEY SHOWED PICTURES OF HER WITH NORMAL TEETH. HER SISTER (R.I.P) WAS GORGEOUS; AND THEY WERE IDENTICAL SO WHY DOES JAMIE HAVE SUCH WEIRD TEETH?! I REALLY DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW YOU CAN COMMENT ON HIGHLIGHTS WHEN A WOMAN CAN BARELY SPEAK BECAUSE HER MOUTH IS BRUTALLY STRETCHING BY BRACES AT 27…

    • Shaylynngainer

      SO much for intervention.. i no of these girls and there poor children that live in that house.. They live rent free and do drugs infront of susans kids . Jamie is prostituting and smoking crack oxys and fentanyl patches and the sister is just following . No wonder the dad is crazy . he lets them live there rent free as he feels bad for them and his grandchildren . They have no jobs and hang around drug dealers and so on so they can mouch off of them. Poor grandchildren are going to end up just like them by watching and learning what they do . I hope they get on the right path but to me its like there poison to one another and both need a long detox and rehab for the sake of the kids .. There almost 30 and own nothing of there own and have no jobs or no bright future ahead of them . its real sad . Jamie has one of those faces were you look at her and can tell shes been hardcore into drugs by her meth looking face and brown teeth that look pirahna ish . Old clothes and just living the low of low lifes . i will pray for them and hope they can turn there lives around and do something with there selves besides use drugs to make there problems go away .. It just makes more and your wasting your lives away .. you only live once !!

  • ashamed reader

    SO much for intervention.. i no of these girls and there poor children that live in that house.. They live rent free and do drugs infront of susans kids . Jamie is prostituting and smoking crack oxys and fentanyl patches and the sister is just following . No wonder the dad is crazy . he lets them live there rent free as he feels bad for them and his grandchildren . They have no jobs and hang around drug dealers and so on so they can mouch off of them. Poor grandchildren are going to end up just like them by watching and learning what they do . I hope they get on the right path but to me its like there poison to one another and both need a long detox and rehab for the sake of the kids .. There almost 30 and own nothing of there own and have no jobs or no bright future ahead of them . its real sad . Jamie has one of those faces were you look at her and can tell shes been hardcore into drugs by her meth looking face and brown teeth that look pirahna ish . Old clothes and just living the low of low lifes . i will pray for them and hope they can turn there lives around and do something with there selves besides use drugs to make there problems go away .. It just makes more and your wasting your lives away .. you only live once !!

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