Mama June Shannon & Boyfriend Geno Doak Celebrate One Year of Sobriety: “I’m So Full of Gratitude”

“We did it, Geno!”

Mama June Shannon is one-year sober and celebrating. 

The Mama June: From Not to Hot star, who was arrested nearly two years ago for drug possession along with boyfriend Geno Doak, took to social media Wednesday to announce both she and Geno have officially been sober for one year “with no relapses.”

“I think back 2 where we was 1 year today at this time,” she wrote in her post. “We had started staying in our car staying at a truck sop in Jackson, GA … trying to figure out where we was going to be able to make money for our next high or even food and gas.”


June said it was at that point she and Geno reached out to her show’s production team to let them know they were ready to seek treatment, which they did at Banyan Treatment Center in Florida. Now that they’ve hit their one-year milestone, June said she and Geno’s goal is to continue helping others. 

“Dang, we deserve a couple of them Most Improved awards, June.”

” … it has been so rewarding for myself to listen and be able to connect with so many of y’all,” she continued. “Like I tell everybody I may not have all the answers but I’m here to listen to u and not judge. It honestly has helped me so much in my recovery journey so now my goal is to work inside of a rehab facility to be able to watch people come in at their lowest where I was a year ago n blossom into new amazing person … .” 

Following their March 2019 arrest, June and Geno went on a downward spiral that consisted of traveling, using drugs and trashing/getting kicked out of hotel rooms. 

Shortly after the pair’s arrest, June’s youngest daughter, Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, began living with older sister Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon. (Pumpkin remains Alana’s legal guardian today.)  

Last season on Mama June: Family Crisis, viewers watched as June’s family held an emotional intervention in an effort to get June the help she needed, with Alana revealing during the intervention that she was scared of her mom in her current state. 

Sadly, June seemed unmoved by Alana’s tears at the time.

Right before the season finale aired, June and Geno were photographed near their Florida rehab clinic looking rather healthy. 

June went on to reveal on her 41st birthday that she (and Geno) had been sober for six months

In November, June announced the two had moved to a luxury Florida condo after previously living in their car and hopping around various hotels. The upgraded living quarters came just months after June and Geno traveled to Los Angeles to undergo a number of cosmetic procedures, including liposuction and dental work. While celebrating 10 months of sobriety, the couple unveiled their respective new looks and treated themselves to a new vehicle after running into some issues with the car they had been driving. 

While showing off her new ride on social media, June said both she and Geno planned to work in a rehab facility “giving back even more to the recovery community” once they had been sober for one year and were permitted to do so.

On Instagram Stories, June offered help to anyone who needed it.

“Me today 1 year clean, so proud of myself,” June wrote. “If we can do it u can too and thanks for all y’all’s support. If u r struggling with addiction or family dealing with it my inbox is always open.”

Mama June & her crew will return to the air in March for another season of ‘Mama June: From Not to Hot.’

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(Photos: Instagram; WeTV) 


12 Responses

  1. ‘Working at a rehab’ = being a tech, which is basically a babysitter for the patients because every single rehab I have been to is like high school. I’m not even joking. The drama, and shit talking, hooking up in laundry rooms that goes on in some facilities is downright childish. Totally goes to prove that the brain stops developing when drug use starts. It’s probably even worse in Florida, because rehabs down there are like insurance billing factories, there’s actually places that house patients in apartment complexes away from the actual rehab and bus them to the facility every day for groups/treatment. Mostly full of upper middle class white kids from the NorthEast on heroin or pills, their parents think sending them to Florida- getting them away from their bad influences and ‘friends’ at home is good for them. Which, if they’re serious about getting clean, IS good for them, and a lot of former patients stay in Florida for the weather and because there’s large sober communities and halfway/ 3/4 houses in Florida. Maybe that’s why mama june and Geno are staying, they know going back right now would put them around people, places, and things that remind them of getting high. One year sober isn’t all that much time in reality, if she feels more comfortable/stable in Florida for now, I’m sure Alana is ok with the arrangement and just happy her mama is sober. Florida isn’t that far from Georgia, they can visit often.

  2. Glad I have worked my whole life to NOT be able to afford: a luxury condo, a new vehicle, cosmetic surgery, etc….

  3. So she is still passing off the responsibilities of being a mother. Pumpkin and Alana live in Georgia, she gets sober which is great, but wouldn’t your first objective be to be a present mother? Instead, her and loser Geno move to Florida, get a new car and luxury condo. She still doesn’t put her kids first! No excuse for giving up your kids and throwing up your hands. You don’t get to quit being a mother because it’s easier and more convenient for you.

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