Season 5 Episode 9


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Aug 11, 2008 on A&E
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Trauma from childhood caused Allison to quit her aspirations of becoming a doctor halfway through her pre-medical program at college. Allison's parents also got divorced and she started to inhale a compressed gas used as a computer dust remover. The mixture of chemicals is potentially fatal with every use, however, Allison uses up to 10 cans per day. Can Jeff turn Allison's life around?moreless
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  • Yet another in the long line of tough cases on this show. Baffling and yet compelling enough to make you think that she can hang on if she tries.

    Allison is dealing with more than one debilitating health issue. She quit her pre-med classes when the panic and depression from earlier in life became too much for her to handle. Furthermore, after her parents' divorce, Allison began to snort the sprayers used to clean computer keyboards. The devices are very easy to obtain, and Allison soon found herself using more and more. All inhalants pose serious dangers. Allison was not only unable to stop, she became physically combative, and her skin and general appearance rapidly deteriorated. Her family at last gave up the idea that she'd change on her own. It was time to step in. As ever, it is hard to watch someone who began as a very sweet person turn into a ghost of her former self. However, there were some helpful signs, as Allison got a new haircut and started smiling again. This show can be wrenching to watch. It is also education like no other.moreless
  • A Beautiful Person with a Painful Pass

    Dear sweet Allison. It was probably as painful for me to watch you in this episode.Your are one very beautiful person inside and out and I cried through the entire episode seeing you in the state of mind you were in huffing.If my children ever had such a problem I would hope and pray that God would give me the courage your family had. I would never give up. You are so, so beautiful and deserve so much out of life. God Bless You and never give up show your abuser that you are so much better than him.No child deserves to go though what you and your sister did. Keep your faith and I can tell you will accomplish great things in life. You truly touched my heart seeing you in a drug induced state and then seeing the real you at the end of the show truly touch me.moreless

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    • Treatment Centers and Updates:
      Allison is admitted to Newport Hospital for psychiatric evaluation. They did release her after 7 hours. The next day, Jeff did give her a final offer of treatment, which Allison did accept. She goes to New Seasons Recovery Systems in Port Hueneme, California. Two months later, she has been sober for 65 days. She continued staying at New Seasons. According to the episode, she has been sober since May 2008.

    • Allison is extremely resistant to the intervention. After she walks out of the hotel, Allison's sister tries desperately to get through to her, but she still walks away to her home. She even buys duster cans on the way home! An animal control officer and two police officer show up to her house as requested by her family. The police actually decide to take her in to the hospital, with force, handcuffing her. Allison becomes another one of the participants most protesting to an intervention.

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