Each subject in each episode of Intervention is troublesome, but the young woman featured on last night's show is fucked up. Her name is Allison, and in addition to anorexia and self-mutilation, she suffers from a huffing addiction of gargantuan proportions, sucking on dust remover like it's a baby bottle (she puts away 8 to 10 of them a day). Allison began abusing the substance as a junior in college (she is in her mid-20s now) as a way of trying to deal with the intense amount of pain caused by molestation as a child, the trial of the alleged molester (for which she had to testify in front of a court filled with people), her parents' divorce, a nasty custody battle, and her eventual abandonment by her father. She ends up going to rehab in the end, but only after her cats are taken away by the Humane Society and she's put in the psych ward. Clip above.
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As she screams out "I wish I had a father" while inhaling duster, I realized that this could be the title of this whole fucking show.
Honestly, I was sad that she was molested as a kid. That is the ONLY element I felt sorry for. Other than that, I have no heart. I have mercifully not had a really direct experience with addiction like this so I can only really relate to one point in the episode where her sister said "All this stuff happened to me, too. How come I don't do this?"
I find it hard to muster sympathy for anyone on this show. I know it is a failing of mine and I am trying to work on it, but I was actually getting MAD when her sister was HUGGING her as the cats were taken away. I was just like "Good, let them take the fucking cats. Don't comfort her. She should feel bad about it. That's the point."
I applaud all Jezebels and anyone else who has overcome addiction. I know it is probably harder than the hardest thing I will ever have to do and it's an incredible feat. Unfortunately, however, my sympathy is in need of improvement.