April 19, 2010 07:43 PM by Jennifer
Usually we see people dealing with drug addiction on Intervention on A&E. Tonight is a different story. Meet Amy, a young, pretty girl living in Canada who suffers from really low self esteem. Can her family save her before it’s too late?
Amy originally moved from South Africa to Canada 22 years ago. She has been Bulimic since the age of 18, and her disease has ripped apart her family. She still lives at home with her parents, but their idea of keeping her disease out of their lives is to keep her in the basement with a lock that keeps her from coming upstairs into the house. I don’t think that is necessarily the right thing to do, but they have a good reason. On several occasions, Amy has done things to lose the trust of her family members. She stole her sisters weding and engagement rings to buy lots of food that she ended up purging. She also stole $2200 from her brothers bank account for the same reason. She actually eats over 24,000 calories a day before throwing it all up. That is more than most men can consume in a few days! She is down to skin and bones, and constantly uses an exercise machine in her room to keep her from gaining weight. She suffers from such low self esteem that she writes to herself in a journal how much she hates herself and how fat she is. But in reality, she only weighs 92 pounds.
Amy says her illness stems from being treated bad by her older sister Lara when the two were younger. She thinks that she is worthless. But she doesn’t realize what this is doing not only to her family, but also to her health. At one point her doctor calls her mother and tells her that she needs to get Amy to the emergency room because recent test results revealed a possible abnormality with her heart. After being examined at the hospital, the doctor’s wanted to keep her overnight, but she refused. She also has a very strict routine that she follows everyday, and if this routine gets interrupted, she flies off the handle and starts yelling and crouches down on the floor.
Her family has sought help from Interventionist Candy Finnigan on Intervention on A&Ebefore it is too late. As on all previous episodes, Candy tells the family that they must set boundaries in order to get her to go to treatment for her bulimia. Her mom needs to tell her that if she doesn’t go to treatment, not only will she not be allowed upstairs, she will no longer be allowed in the home at all. When Amy walks into the Intervention thinking that she is just there for an interview, she does the opposite of what I thought and quietly sits on the couch listening to what they have to say. Her sister Lara points out that she just wants her sister back, her best friend. And her brother really wants to trust her again, but the only way this can happen is if she agrees to go to treatment. After hearing their emotional letters, she agrees to go into treatment, and ends up losing an additional 10 pounds in her first week there! After that, however, she did relapse and was caught violating rules at the treatment center. Since her mother kept her promise and refused to let Amy in the home, she moved in with a friend in Toronto, Canada, and according to the final minutes of the episode, is still binging and purging to this day.
I really thought that after not binging in rehab for 75 days the first time she went in that she would be able to keep it up, but I guess it is easier said than done.
Photos courtesy of: A&E