Mama June’s Intervention Flops As Family Fails to Address Drug Addiction

Mama June’s Intervention Flops As Family Fails to Address Drug Addiction June 1, 2019
Mama June’s intervention on WETV did not go as planned

Mama June Shannon’s family staged an unsuccessful intervention in an attempt to save the reality mom from her “stress” and “unhealthy” lifestyle. Days after the family’s intervention, June and her boyfriend Geno were arrested for possession of crack cocaine and domestic violence. The family attempted to pick up the pieces of their lives, and June’s 13-year-old daughter was forced to move in her with 19-year-old sister.

In the final episode of “Mama June From Hot to Not,” June Shannon’s family staged an intervention with her. June’s sister “Doe Doe” picked up June to bring her to the family gathering. However, the intervention did not go as the family planned.

After walking into the house, June immediately became defensive as she saw numerous members of her family sitting on a couch. June’s sister told her that the girl’s wanted to talk to her and said, “Today’s your intervention.”

June stood with a confused and dazed look on her face. She appeared to grind her teeth and seemed high. Despite her state, not once did the family mention her use of drugs. Instead, the family focused their energy on their detest for June’s boyfriend, Geno.

While the girl’s requested their mother sit down, June refused and shook her head. Alana “Honey Boo Boo,” told her mother that she was scared to live in her home. She pleaded with her mother to get help because she wanted to live with her. However, she told her mom she would not live there until she’s in a better place.

Within minutes of starting the “intervention,” June stormed out of the house. As June was about to round the corner of the house, WETV doctor Dr. Ish Major jumped from the side and cut her off.

As Dr. Ish tried to reason with June, her daughter “Pumpkin” and sister “Doe Doe” came back outside to convince June to seek help. Defiantely, June walked down the driveway and stumbled into the street. As she attempted to collect herself off the road, she continued to scream that she would not leave Geno.

Soon the producer and staff of WETV bombarded June and tried to influence her to seek help. Everyone seemed completely inept in their ability to address the massive elephant in the room that June didn’t have a problem with men but had a problem with drugs.

Eventually, the family convinces June to go to a “retreat” to work through her “stress” and “emotions.” However, June arrives at the clinic and learns the facility is for drug and alcohol addiction. June denies she has an issue with drugs and alcohol. Within 12 hours of arriving at the rehab, June left the clinic with her boyfriend, Geno.

Only two days later, the family learned the devastating news that June and Geno were arrested in Alabama for felony drug possession and domestic violence.

After the family announces her arrest, June is not seen on the show for any new footage. Instead, WETV airs clips of her for the remainder of the show.

After the arrest, the family reveals that June cannot leave Alabama until their court case is over. Additionally, a court ordered that Geno and June stay away from one another. Despite the order from the court, Geno and June check into a hotel and remain there to this day.

Sadly, the real victim in the entire mess June’s 13-year-old daughter Alana. Alana expressed to Dr. Ish her sadness and anger related to her mother. Dr. Ish insisted he had a genuine concern for her. However, the entire talk with Alana felt exploitative and uncomfortable. If Alana needed help, she should be seeing a therapist off camera to process to the gravity of the situation.

Not only is Alana heartbroken, but her older sister is forced to take custody of her. Pumpkin bombards Alana’s father “Sugar Bear” at one of his interviews. Pumpkin told her former “step-father” that she needed to obtain guardianship of Alana to enroll in public school.

Initially, “Sugar Bear’s” new wife Jennifer was not receptive to Alana living with her 19-year-old sister. However, he relented after realizing his home was not suitable for his teenage daughter. Alana told her father she wanted to stay with her sister where all of her friends and family live.

As Alana and Pumpkin settle into their new life, Pumpkins tells her sister that she can confide in her. Additionally, she reminds her younger sister that she has been through similar situations with their mother and Sugar Bear. The girls seem unable to understand why June picks men over her children.

By the end of the episode, the family comes together to talk about June. Finally, June’s friend Big Mike is the first one to stop dancing around the topic of drug addiction. Mike tells the family that drug addiction is a monster that changes people. June’s sister Doe Doe says for the first time that she hopes her sister will get off drugs.

With that final scene, the wild season comes to an end for Mama June. Despite the family’s attempt to help, June remains complicit and engaged in her addiction. Due to her arrest in Alabama, June is facing up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.00. With a looming prison sentence, her status as a reality tv fixture may finally come to an end.

Hopefully, WETV will end their contract with the family and move on. Alana deserves to have her remaining childhood off camera. For nearly a decade, she has had every aspect of her life filmed. She hasn’t had a glimmer of ordinary life and now has to deal with her mother in the middle of an addiction.

For Alana’s sake, I sincerely hope the same producers and network that have exploited her for money will now offer her resources and help off camera.

Watch the full episode here.

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  • Interventions just don’t work. Putting the subject on the defensive is a recipe for failure.

  • Friend

    I agree, but that wasn’t even an intervention, judging by the description (I did not watch the video). Cameras, production people, a doctor springing into view, no doubt some kind of script…

  • Friend

    Test comment… apparently Patheos has a new filter that is sending very ordinary words into moderation. Problem started last night. One of the banned words may be “link.”

    Some comments go straight to moderation. Others stay up for a little while and then vanish.

  • Lisa Cybergirl

    I have to say, if I found out I was walking into an intervention, I’d walk right back out. (I don’t know what anybody would do an intervention on me for. Online too much? Petting the kitty a lot?)

  • Lisa Cybergirl

    June didn’t have a problem with men but had a problem with drugs.

    I think she probably has a problem with both.

  • WallofSleep

    It might for some people, but certainly not for a personality like mine. I find I’m much more receptive when a good friend pulls me aside for a private convo. All the close friendships I’ve had have been with people who are not afraid tell me point blank when I’m effing up.

  • WallofSleep

    Yup. From what I found out so far, the list of verboten words on this new filter is huge and ridiculous, and possibly a big pain for individual blog owners to go through and uncheck perfectly innocuous words.

  • Clancy

    I’m with you there. A nice private talk planned to not trigger my combative nature can work. Walking into a room to face a simultaneous attack by several people will set me off.

  • WallofSleep

    For me it feels like a gang initiation, like when you get “beat in” to the gang.

  • Same — I hate being ambushed.

    IDK either, cat-huffing? (It’s a thing.)

  • WallofSleep

    “Petting the kitty a lot?”

    You’ll go blind.
    😛

  • WallofSleep

    “… cat-huffing? (It’s a thing.)”

    Uhhhh… I don’t know, and I don’t want to know, but as long as you’re not hurting your cat it’s none of my business.

  • Nos482

    For Alana’s sake, I sincerely hope the same producers and network that
    have exploited her for money will now offer her resources and help off
    camera.

    https://i.imgur.com/00XGXjt.gif

    Never. Gonna. Happen.

  • Nah, totally harmless to the cat. Just burying your face in floof and inhaling deeply.

  • WallofSleep
  • LOL no, nothing quite that extreme.

  • Shan

    Poor Alana. She certainly never asked for this level of fame. She’d been literally forced into it. I hope she gets the professional help she needs and a supportive environment to grow into her own person.

  • Shan

    Bad words include hell, gay, and godless commie. It’s bizarre.

  • Shan

    I hate that you’re right. I hope she has enough cash to use on her own to get a lawyer.

  • WallofSleep

    The list of bad words also includes a couple for an Abrahamic religion and it’s adherents.

    Hint: It’s not “Christianity/Christians”, nor “Judaism/Jews”.

  • kilda

    my kitty would like to do one on me for not petting the kitty enough.

  • Carra McClelland

    Not super surprised by this. Remember when June used to give Alana “go-go juice” at pageants? Redbull and Mountain Dew IIRC. Substance abuse seems like the norm for June and I hope she can get some help for it.

  • ZebedeeJumps

    I have rats. Can confirm huffing is a thing. A wonderful, glorious thing 🙂 Floofy coconut hazelnut biscuit huffs are the best. Not so sure the rats agree.

  • Madison Blane

    It’s just proof that all the people you love have been conspiring behind your back and can’t be trusted to be honest to your face individually – that’s all. I like how Captain Awkward always makes it clear that “the whole group agrees with me” is not the solid ground people seem to think it is. Not only is it an escalation tactic, but it’s supremely unhelpful. You think you’re calling in backup, but what you’re really doing is shifting the entire focus of the conversation to “and just what have all you people been saying about me behind my back?” so instead of giving your argument more authority, you’re slaughtering your credibility as a friend. It’s best to just be brave enough tell the person outright, “I have a problem with this,” respectfully and in private. It shows that you have faith in them, that you care about your relationship with them enough to try to fix this, and that you believe they are capable of wanting to do better. Instead of eroding their confidence in you, it displays your confidence in them.

  • frankly, any family that answers to names like Mama June, Booboo and Big Tom (or whatever) has serious problems, beyond the drugs, including the Mama June show itself. That should not be happening in public.