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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, 218 Episodes - Currently Airing
Documentary & Biography, Reality
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  • A man who started using meth to give him energy for a demanding job has lost everything. Oliva's husband was murdered and she turned to drugs to try and cope, but as a result her children are now being looked after by the state.

  • A talented singer-songwriter, Bryceton's addiction to alcohol and spice (synthetic marijuana) has spiraled out of control.

  • Suffering post-traumatic stress after being molested as a child, Mindie developed a drug habit in her 20s. Her sister-in-law recently passed away from an overdose and her struggling family is intervening to prevent her from suffering the same fate.

  • Sam turned to alcohol and ecstasy to cope with life after her parents divorced when she was six and being sexually assaulted at 14. She then started using heroin and is a full-blown addict.

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