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The show usually starts with a scenario in which a family has one of its members in some sort of trouble with drugs, alcohol or both. Contacted to help these addicts is Kristina Wandzilak, C.A.S, (Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies) BRI-II (Board Registered Interventionist / Level II). Okay. In some instance Wandzilak is portrayed as a modern-day-hip Mother Teresa as she deals with the complex issues of these addicts. The problems that these addicts face is anything from homelessness to facing serious time in prison due to their chemical dependency. I for one have a personal connection to this topic. I was a drug user and had a drinking problem since I was 15 years old and didn't stop till I was 45. I've been clean for 5 years now.

The show is that it's based on loose version of the 12 Step Program of whatever one's addiction is; on one level or another. A lot of what goes on in this show is about someone that is responsible to keep you safe, alive to make you feel good; there's 10% rule of thumb of success rate within the circles of general recovery. Kristina Wandzilak is out there is taking credit for spontaneous recovery that is happening anyway.

This program funnels individuals into a quit or die proposition which actually is keeping some people from succeeding and getting clean and sober. If a person is going to quit – and somewhere down the road they walk into an AA meeting, AA is going to take all that credit for one's success; while at the same token dismissing any individual that walks into an AA meeting and then goes back out without realizing that that person was unmotivated or felt that the program was an even bigger liability then the addiction they had. There's a gross dishonesty about that. Addiction – has a message to deliver – but the subject matter is far too complex to realistically or magically be a cure all and be all for addicts.

Tuesday 10:00 PM et/pt on TLC
2 Seasons, 14 Episodes - Currently Airing
March 17, 2010
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Addicted Full Episode Guide

  • Gina and Sean live in a tent, panhandle and are addicted to heroin. When his temper flares, Sean abuses Gina, and lately his violence has escalated.

  • Theresa is a homeless alcoholic whose addiction constantly threatens her mental state and has her violating the law.

  • Phil has been addicted to meth for thirty years. He has sacrificed his marriage and his relationship with his children.

  • A 38-year-old meth addict may lose his home.

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