[Warning: The following contains spoilers for Monday's episode of Recovery Road. Read at your own risk!]
Recovery Road has purposefully balanced its dark episodes with lighter fare to give a multifaceted look at the life of addicts. Monday's episode went very dark though as it became obvious that Trish's (Kyla Pratt) baby daughter was actually a figment of the former meth addict's imagination.
"It could be an underlying mental health condition, but I really took it as methamphetamine psychosis which can be brought by using meth," Pratt says, explaining Trish's delusions to TVGuide.com.
Now that the truth is out it will take some time to figure out the best course of action to get Trish the help she really needs. "Trish does have to go get help somewhere else because Craig and his therapist can't help with this diagnosis or diagnose something like this. She does go get help elsewhere," Pratt says. "Having her in and out and seeing where she goes is how we sum up the season. You'll just have to wait a couple more episodes for that."
The first part of Trish's healing will have to be getting her to understand that Nevaeh isn't actually there, which will be easier said than done since others have tried to tell her the truth before. Accepting the reality will be a jarring experience for the bubbliest roommate in the house, and will put her back in risk of relapsing. "People have tried to tell her that her daughter isn't real, she just doesn't believe it. She lets people know, 'No matter what, you're going to meet her and you're going to believe me,'" Pratt says. "It's going be a conscious struggle for Trish. I don't know if she's going to be able to cope without using again."
The storyline allows Recovery Road to dig into the multitude of issues that face addicts even after they survive detox and find their way into sober living. It's not as simple as avoiding drugs and alcohol, but there are severe side effects to using these substances.
"When I found out, I had no idea that this is where they were going to take it. It's an amazing twist. It allows the show to recognize other things that happen where drug use is concerned," Pratt says. The show is also hoping to prove that addiction, and all of its ugly facets, can happen to anyone no matter what they look like or where they come from. "We have different races, different genders, different sexualities all in one house showing that addiction isn't just for 'one type' of person. It can happen to anybody. This storyline is something else that can happen that I didn't really know that could happen. I love the fact that we're talking about it," Pratt adds.
Recovery Road continues Mondays at 9/8c on Freeform.
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