Jessica was a 29-year-old mother of three, but she wasn't really being any kind of mother at all on "Intervention." Addicted to heroin, she was using up to six times a day. She even had an infection in her heart valve, but didn't care. She shoplifted up to $700 worth of merchandise every week to pay for her habit.
She didn't even live at home with her husband and kids. Instead, she chose to live in an abandoned house with other addicts. She even had a boyfriend that she used with. She estimated that in the past three months they'd spent more than $40,000 on drugs.
“There’s no running water, no electricity. We pee in a cup and we throw it out the window. It’s very simple," Jessica said proudly. "Garbage, feces, urine -- all that good stuff."
She attributed her addiction to her relationship with her father. After her parents split, she move in with him and started using his drugs. It was a downward spiral from there. Her father ultimately died from his addiction, but when her family staged an intervention, Jessica agreed to go to rehab.
While there, she realized how irrational she had been by choosing to live in an abandoned house instead of at home with her family. Jessica was a success story for the show, having remained sober since her time in rehab. She's back at home with her daughters. Her husband, who suffered from his own addiction issues, has gone in for treatment himself. So it looks like the whole family is trying to get back on track.
See more intense stories of addiction on "Intervention," Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on A&E.
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