Mama June’s Family Staged Intervention Before Drug Possession Arrest

By Victoria Kim 06/04/19

The intervention was featured on a recent episode of "Mama June: From Not To Hot."

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Just days before reality TV star June Shannon (aka Mama June) was arrested for drug possession back in March, she came face-to-face with a family intervention.

On the season finale of her spin-off reality show, Mama June: From Not to Hot, June’s children Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon, Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, Jessica and her niece Amber gathered at June’s sister Doe Doe’s home to share with June how her behavior has affected the family.

“I would love to come home and stay with you, tell you about my day, but I can’t do that because I’m scared. I’m scared to stay at your house,” said Alana, who is now living under the care of her sister and legal guardian Pumpkin, who is 19.

June left during the intervention. She admitted she was having a hard time. “Just ask Geno (boyfriend Eugene Edward Doak) how many times I sit there and cry to him and be like, ‘I hate my f—ing self. I want to f—ing kill the person that I am now.’ Because I don’t know who I am. I don’t know if I want to ‘kill myself’ or I want to kill the person that has took over my body,” she said.

She was finally persuaded to enter a treatment facility the same night. But after only 12 hours, June checked herself out and her boyfriend Geno picked her up.

Two days later, on March 13, the couple was arrested at a gas station in Alabama on drug possession charges. June allegedly had crack cocaine and a crack pipe on her. She and Geno now face felony charges for drug possession. The court ordered Geno to stay away from June.

June is currently in Alabama awaiting trial. According to her, she is not allowed to leave the state until after her hearing. She is facing several years of jail time.

Mama June became a household name on the reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, a spin-off of Toddlers & Tiaras which documented the family’s life in rural Georgia.

Alana, who is now 13, reminisced about her pageant days with her mom by her side. “I just want mama back. Like at the pageant,” she said during the episode. “She helped me and we both did it together… And when we were at Dancing with the Stars, she was so fun and me and her spent time together. And she would take me to rehearsals and she would take me here and there.”

According to Pumpkin, the family is hoping June will leave Geno and get back to her old self.

Alana hopes things will change after the arrest. “So I really hope this is rock bottom for mama because once you hit rock bottom, there’s no more going deeper—you can only go up,” she said. “I really hope mama’s just thinking, I just got arrested. I need to get it together. I need to get my s— together. If this isn’t her wake-up call, I could possibly lose her forever.”

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