I'm sure you have heard of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, the popular reality TV show that follows the family of child beauty pageant contestant Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson. Have you ever watched Mama June: From Not to Hot? This spin-off show follows the life of 'Mama June', officially June Shannon, and started by documenting her weight loss in 2017 when she went from 460 to 160 pounds.
Following three successful seasons, Mama June: From Not to Hot was up in the air. This was a result of Mama June and her boyfriend, Eugene 'Geno' Doak, being arrested on March 13, 2019, at a gas station in Alabama. The couple was charged with felony possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, with Geno facing an additional charge of domestic violence. In reports, it has been alleged that June was in possession of crack cocaine and that the drug paraphernalia in question included a crack pipe and hypodermic needles. The couple's first court appearance was in October 2019, when they entered not guilty pleas.
Earlier this year, in February of 2020, it was announced that there would be a fourth season, this time it would be called Mama June: Family Crisis. The synopsis of the show reads:
You’ve seen the headlines. Now, get the inside scoop on how the Shannons are dealing with their family crisis. Will June get the help she so desperately needs, or will her loved ones be forced to walk away?
The show begins with the news that nobody has heard from June for two months, and life goes on. Jo 'Doe Doe' Shannon, June's sister vows to bring June back home. In episode 5, aptly named "Mama's Cry For Help", June reaches out to the producers and asks to be sent to rehab. They help her to get into a facility in LA, but June does not go to rehab. It is later revealed that June is selling everything in her house, including the family's belongings. They then discover that she has sold the house. Jennifer and Sugar Bear then file for full custody of Alana.
In the most recent episode and the season finale of Mama June: From Not To Hot, June revealed that she spent up to $3,000 per day to feed her crack cocaine habit. The episode starts off well, with June all set to begin an outpatient rehab program. However, she drops out after just one day. Hoping that they might have reached rock bottom, Mama June's manager updates the family that June and Geno were now homeless and living out of their truck.
Gina was an absolute godsend, finding an inpatient treatment facility that was willing to take the destitute couple for free. Even though they wouldn't be able to see each other for a month, the couple decides to go. On the car ride to the airport, Geno makes a big revelation. Not only were they spending up to $3,000 per day on crack cocaine, but they spent around $150,000 total on their habit. Things were so bad he worried their addiction could kill them.
"If we would not have got offered that one hit, like four to five days ago, we would still be clean. And that's true," says Mama June. In spite of losing her family, her home, and being arrested, she is still unwilling to admit that she is an addict.
The couple entered the rehab, and this time, they stayed. Both completed the 30-day program and seem to have made great strides.
"The old June is back. I mean I'm feeling good, just being back to my old self," she said.
When asked by a producer what was next for them, June said, "Getting our kids back and getting our lives back together."