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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.

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Monday 10:00 PM et/pt on A&E
16 Seasons, 214 Episodes - Currently Airing
Documentary & Biography, Reality
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  • After Zach's father was released from prison, he introduced him to heroin. Now that he is a father he's addicted to cocaine and heroin and is in need of an intervention.

  • 24-year-old Samantha was a soccer prodigy at age 12, but suffered severe heartache when a close relative developed an inappropriate relationship with her 12-year-old teammate, Soon afterwards, Samantha was sexually assaulted and introduced to drugs, triggering a downward spiral that led her to heroin and prostitution.

  • A woman who was forced to care for her father at a young age becomes a drug addict.

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