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'Intervention' Finale: Terry Spiraled Over Pressure From Her Mom To Be Beautiful (VIDEO)

Posted: 04/ 3/2012 6:03 am Updated: 04/ 3/2012 11:18 am

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'Intervention': Terry Spirals Out Of Control Under Pressure From Mom To Be Beautiful

A&E saved one of the most heartbreaking stories yet for the season finale of "Intervention" (Mon, 10 p.m. ET on A&E). Terry's descent into alcoholism was easy to understand as her story unfolded. She was pressured to be beautiful by her mother. She even went into modeling, but gave it up after her mother and the agency suggested diet pills.

So Terry turned to food, and gained a tremendous amount of weight, before gastric bypass surgery and ultimately alcoholism took over. Even during the taping of this show, her mother said, "I think appearances do make the person." She also refused to believe her daughter when she told her she'd been molested by a family friend.

So starting from a young age, Terry felt like she was never quite good enough for her mother. In a society that puts an undue burden on women in regards to appearance and beauty, Terry's burden was even heavier because it was her mother telling her she wasn't good enough the way she is. By the end of the episode, though, her mother had apologized and Terry had found sobriety, so there may yet be a happy ending to her story.

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