We are so excited to finally announce that The Discovery House helped Kacy, a once multimillionaire who lost everything to her addiction to alcohol seek alcohol addiction treatment on episode three of A&E’s Emmy Award-winning television series, Intervention, now in its 15th season.
Kacy had it all, wealth, success, and a loving family. At just 18, she had her real estate license. At 20 she already had 3 investment properties and at 22 she bought her first hotel. She was living the American Dream. She was a loving mother and her business thrived. Doesn’t exactly sound like a recipe for disaster, now does it?
Though many cases of drug or alcohol addiction stem from not-so-sunny beginnings, for some they can also manifest from sudden traumatic experiences. When Kacy was 7 months pregnant with her third child, Dakota, she developed kidney stones for which she was prescribed painkillers that she was instructed to keep taking even after the baby was born. After bringing Dakota to bed with her one night, Kacy awoke to find him not breathing. The prognosis from doctors was that Dakota had died from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). This traumatic event thrust her into a severe case of alcoholism that caused her to lose everything.
Devastated, Kacy started drinking every day, sometimes downing three bottles of vodka each day, and continued to do so for years. She went in and out of the hospital, therapy, and different types of alcohol addiction treatment over the next ten years and even if she got sober it wasn’t for long. Though she had lost everything, her family had been supporting her, and ultimately enabling her. But her family had had enough and that’s when they turned to the option of orchestrating an intervention.
We can’t give away the entire story, but we do encourage you to head over to A&E to see the full episode. Kacy’s story is a true riches to rags tale and it really spotlights that addiction can happen to anyone, no matter how successful or wealthy they are in life.
Though Kacy’s case is dire, this caliber of alcoholism happens to thousands of people all over the country. Each year, 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes, making it the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
Alcohol abuse and addiction affects people from all walks of life and though it feels impossible, long-term recovery from drugs and alcohol can be a reality. If you or someone you love is struggling with an alcohol use disorder, The Discovery House offers free assessments to help addicts reach a fulfilling and healthy drug and alcohol-free life. Call us today at (818) 452-1676 and take that first step toward the addiction-free life you deserve.