Carrie and Will, a Maryland couple who have been married for 34 years, were living with their son, daughter and grandchild when Will invited 14 of his relatives to move in -- against his wife's wishes. Carrie says she was not consulted on this decision and has reacted by lashing out. Anger, curse words and, according to some of the houseguests, Carrie's violent episodes have erupted within the hostile home. It's all made worse, they say, by Carrie's drinking problem.
Relationship expert Iyanla Vanzant travels to her home state of Maryland to help this family of 19 in total breakdown. Before she meets with Carrie, Iyanla sits down with the other members of the family to get their side of the story on "Iyanla: Fix My Life."
"[Carrie] has a tendency of going out of her way to make your life miserable," says Renita, Carrie's sister-in-law and one of the 14 house guests. "I'll walk away. I'm tolerating, but I can't deal with it."
"In her house, you can't deal with how she is," Iyanla says, making sure she understands correctly. "Interesting."
Jamah, Will's nephew and another house guest, says that he can't deal with Carrie's attitude. "Her face always looks like a pig's ass is in her face," he tells Iyanla. "I call her the witch of the house. I feel like Aunt Carrie gets on her broom and she just raises hell with everybody."
"So, in her house, she gets on her broom and disturbs house guests," Iyanla says. "Because you're guests here."
"I don't care whose house it is," Jamah says. "[She's] not going to disrespect me."
"Well, my, my. Let me just clutch my pearls!" Iyanla says.
"I'll clutch mine too," Jamah responds.
"Yeah, you need to clutch yours. Because if you were in my house I would choke you with them," Iyanla says.
Also in the video, Iyanla explores the issue of Carrie's excessive drinking -- to which Carrie's husband says, "I'm sorry to say that I don't care." -- and the family also reveals a traumatic event that they say is what likely led to Carrie's alcohol abuse many years ago. The revelation is so emotional, it prompts Iyanla to stand up and tell the group that she needs to "go in the bushes and weep."