June "Mama June" Shannon and her now ex-boyfriend, Geno Doak, spent the better part of the past couple of seasons of Mama June: Road to Redemption dealing with substance abuse and trying to go into recovery and stay there.
In an exclusive interview with Distractify, Mama June revealed where she's at in her journey to sobriety and how her new boyfriend, who is introduced in Season 6, factors into her life now that she's clean and sober.
Is Mama June sober today?
Mama June revealed to us that, as of May 2022, she has been sober for 29 months. In March 2019, she was arrested on drug possession charges, including possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
Mama June: Road to Redemption viewers saw her officially charged with possession of crack cocaine in the Season 5 finale. She avoided jail time by agreeing to 100 hours of community service, but the incident was likely what helped Mama June turn things around.
Mama June explained to Distractify that her relationship with her daughters is still "a work in progress," likely thanks in part to her struggle with addiction and subsequent charges.
"You know, we do talk, we do see each other, [but] that relationship is still like, on the mend," Mama June said. "Even [with] 29 months of me being clean and sober. You know, it's just a work in progress."
Mama June's drug addiction led to the sale of her house.
June sold her lavish home in Hampton, Ga. for $100,000 in October 2019. It's understood that she made the rushed decision so as to liquidate more funds to sustain her increasingly severe addiction.
She was a regular crack cocaine and methamphetamine user. According to People, she would also self-medicate with Xanax and a painkiller prescribed for tension headaches, Fioricet.
"The only reason I sold the house, we was [sic] dead f--king broke," she admitted on a previous episode of Mama June: From Not to Hot, as cited by People.
For a while, June and Geno were staying at hotels. Reportedly, they would also spend nights in their car.
Mama June's new boyfriend is helping her stay on the right path.
Mama June also shared with Distractify that her new boyfriend, Justin Stroud, is helping her rediscover who she is. Although viewers won't meet him until a few episodes into Season 6 of Mama June: Road to Redemption, Mama June seems to be in a much healthier place in this relationship than she was with Geno.
"You know, he's been amazing," she said. "He's trying to put the pieces [of me] back together. I'm actually finding out who June Shannon is for the first time in, like, 42 years."
Watch Mama June: Road to Redemption on Fridays at 9 p.m. EST on WeTV.
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