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Intervention is a television reality show that chronicles the life of a drug addict or alcoholic. The family of the drug or alcohol abuser enlists the help of the Intervention staff which includes a licensed and experienced counselor to confront the addict. In 2009, Intervention won an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program.

Intervention shows the addict in happier times, talks with the family, and has them recall those happier times and memories then asks the addict how they fell into addiction. The addict has no idea that the show is there for an intervention at the request of the family. The addict is often told that it is only a documentary about addiction or alcohol abuse. The cameras will follow them while they go about their drug or alcohol-filled day. It often shows how the addict gets money and then buys drugs, and it will show the alcoholic hiding and drinking around family or friends.

The family will then get the addict alone with the counselor and the intervention begins. Part of the intervention process is the family telling the addict in letters that are read out loud, how the family feels and how the addict has affected them, and at the end of the process, they are given a choice. They can either go into treatment or be isolated from family and friends. This ultimatum is the heart of the intervention process. If the addict goes into treatment, the family will often go into their own type of counseling or treatment as well.

Monday 10:00 PM et/pt on A&E
16 Seasons, 223 Episodes - Currently Airing
Documentary & Biography, Reality
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  • The black sheep of a successful family, Justin became addicted to prescription opiates after he was run over by a truck. After his mother died, Kayne found comfort in drugs, and it eventually cost him his marriage.

  • Carrie was an up and coming boxer with a shot at going pro, but losing an important fight triggered the trauma of being abandonment by her father and she turned to drugs to cope.

  • Erin resorts to turning tricks to support her $1,700-a-week addiction to painkillers; Joshua relies on heroin to escape the memories of teenage traumas.

  • A man from a family of professional baseball players seeks comfort in alcohol and meth, and soon finds himself dumpster diving and sleeping on the streets.

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