Archive for January, 2011

Casting Call

Posted on January 21, 2011. Filed under: addiction, Addiction Resources/Support, Intervention, Parent of an Addict | Tags: , |

Last week, I received the comment below on my blog, waiting for approval.  I decided to post the note after doing some research to ensure that this new TV show, therapist Dr. Tara Fields, and WEtv were all “legit”. I not only contacted my friend, professional interventionist, author of The Lost Years, and former crack addict herself, Kristina Wandzilak to get her input, but I also have had further correspondence with the casting producer, Julia Jenkins, who was most gracious in answering all of my questions.  And so, here it is:

To Whom It May Concern,

My name is Julia Jenkins and I’m a Casting Producer for WEtv and Ish Entertainment.  I’m working on a compelling new series based in Southern California that will help families who are struggling with difficult issues, such as behavioral issues, addiction, control issues, eating disorders or obesity.  I was wondering if you would be interested in posting my message on your blog.

As you know, these issues not only affect the individual, but the whole family as well – and our Licensed Family Therapist (Dr. Tara Fields, as seen on Oprah, Dr. Phil and CNN) wants to help.  We know that especially in these tough economic times, a lot of families are struggling but don’t know where to turn…and this heart-warming show will be devoted to lending a helping hand to the families who need it.

Please see our casting notice below. If you’re interested in learning more or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Is your family in crises struggling with issues that need to be addressed? Is someone in your home dealing with an addiction and you don’t know where to turn?

WEtv’s new show can help!!!

Dr. Tara Fields has made a difference on “Hoarders” and “Intervention” but now YOUR FAMILY can have the chance to work one-on-one with her!  This exciting new one-hour unscripted TV series will delve into the lives of families in crisis.  Tara will work with families to uncover what their real issues are and then help them to overcome them, making the families whole again.

If you – or anyone you know – are in need of help and live in the Los Angeles area, contact us today!  Families who appear on the show will receive free family therapy and a financial honorarium as a thank-you for their time commitment.

We look forward to hearing from you!

When I asked Julia how she found my blog, she answered: I found your blog on I typed in addiction blogs and it popped up.

And when I asked about some specifics of her program, this was her response:

We are dealing with all types of issues. From drug addictions, to marital problems, to obesity issues. Here is a list: addictions, eating disorders, obesity, infidelity, control issues, marital problems, bullying, blended family stress, toxic in-laws, job loss, depression, anger management. Our only criteria for the families is that they live in Southern California. Dr. Tara Fields will be working directly with the family and her office is in that area.

We will be filming each show for a week. Dr. Tara will work with the entire family throughout the week. Once the cameras leave, the family will receive 6-8 weeks of continued therapy, free of charge and not a part of the show. We feel it’s important to continue therapy once the cameras leave. The WHOLE family will receive therapy, not just the addict.

In regards to the (type of) therapy, treatment facilities etc, this will all be worked out once productions starts. The therapy will be done by Dr. Tara Fields.  Our goal with the show is to make these families whole again. We are not just targeting the addict, we will be working with the entire family, really getting to the root of the issues in the home and not just pointing the finger at the addict.

I hope I have answered your questions. If you have any further questions, feel free to send them my way. I appreciate your help and look forward to your feedback.

Email: for more info.

*Please be sure to include a description of your family and the issues you’re dealing with, along with a recent photo.

Julia Jenkins, Ish Entertainment / Casting Producer /

And so, there it is –  a chance to participate in a very professional, dramatic, and public analysis and treatment of your family’s/addict’s problems.  For the record, I’m not endorsing this program or Dr. Tara Fields.  I’m just passing along the opportunity for a chance to participate in this ‘reality TV’ program, and potentially getting some help for your family’s  issues with addiction. And, I can verify that the program, TV cable station,  and this casting notice, are all ‘legit’.  However, before you decide to get yourself and your family involved in such a project, please think through the possible consequences – both positive and negative –  of such a commitment.

If you are a long time reader of my blog, you will remember that I reviewed all of Kristina Wandzilak’s Addicted programs on TLC last spring. My family was offered the opportunity to be one of the families filmed for this series, which we declined.  This post on the Addicted series and professional interventionist, Kristina Wandzilak’s credentials, techniques, and philosophy, might be worth a read while considering whether or not to answer WEtv’s casting call.  For the record, Kristina does not believe in or use the surprise intervention technique that Dr. Fields has used in the past.

I encourage you to explore and consider this unique opportunity to get help for your family – but to also proceed with caution.  Good Luck!

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Like a Fever

Posted on January 10, 2011. Filed under: addiction, Parent of an Addict, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

I keep in touch with a writer friend of mine, Patti Digh, both through her blog ( and on her Facebook page.  Patti is a gifted and inspirational writer, as well as speaker, and travels all over the country to spread her message of living your best life.  She has a crazy schedule and lots of deadlines to meet – and yet, her posts over the last few days have been solely about her young daughter, Tess, whose high fever was of great concern.  After several days of fretting and posting Tess’ current temperature, treatments, and subsequent recovery, it occurred to me that when a child of ours is sick, in pain, or suffering in some way, that becomes our focus – and can easily consume us.  Whether it be the flu, or tonsillitis, or addiction – – – it’s all the same.  Everything else goes out the window.  We, as mothers, are concerned with only one thing –  doing what we can to help our child get well.  We feel helpless, and scared, and silently battle the big what If/worst-case scenario.  It’s always there – lurking just under the surface, no matter how much others tell us not to worry –  that everything will be fine.  A six year old’s high fever that may last a few hours or days, or an adult child’s heroin addiction – – – it’s all the same to a mother – the worry, the fear, the helplessness, the hard rock in the pit of your stomach.  I’ve heard it said that a mother can only be as happy as her least happy (vulnerable) child.  This is  often true, for me, although I battle against this adage in order to maintain some degree of personal happiness and joy.  I’m constantly working on my own recovery from the effects of my daughter’s disease – but what I suspect, is that there is no full recovery from motherhood.

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