While it's not something most people consider when they think of hardcore drug addicts, the season premiere of "Intervention" (Mon., 9 p.m. ET on A&E) shed a light on drug abuse later in life. Elena is 63-years old and a grandmother, but she's so deep into a meth addiction that her grandchildren worry about her losing her life literally every day.
Footage showed her completely out of control, stumbling around her home. Elena admitted to smoking meth up to 8 times a day. She also created what she called a "drug buffet" from her 16 prescription medications. All in all, it was estimated she spent $1,000 or so a week to maintain her drug habit.
Elena said that she turned to drugs after she came out as gay later in life. She felt the family had rejected her. Then, after her partner died, it was as if she had nothing left.
But Elena made it through the intervention, and by the end of the episode she was 90-days sober and looking like a healthy, happy grandmother.
"Intervention" continues on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on A&E.
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