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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
18 Seasons, 262 Episodes
March 6, 2005
Documentary & Biography, Reality
Cast: Jeff VanVonderen
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  • Robert and his two sisters were inseparable until they were put into foster care after their mother turned to drugs and prostitution. He escaped and sadly has followed in his mother's footsteps.

  • Todd was a successful house flipper from a well known real estate family that lost it all in the 2009 housing market collapse. After experiencing two severe construction accidents, he became addicted to painkillers and meth.

  • In three years, Diana's alcoholism has become so severe she has been diagnosed with Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome, an alcohol-related brain disorder. Recently she was hospitalized because of temporary paralysis and had to get a feeding tube - which she poured vodka into! If Diana doesn't get help now, she won't live to her 30th party.

  • Jasmine was extremely close to her grandparents, Reg and Pauline, so when Pauline suddenly passed away, Jasmine couldn't cope and turned to opioids to erase the pain.

  • Five years ago Robby came out to his wife of twenty-nine years and two sons as transgender, completely rocking their world and his own. Already a heavy drinker, Robby's drinking intensified and now is a blackout drunk.

  • A bodybuilder's use of steroids leads him on the path to the use of heavy drugs. He becomes bankrupt, delusional, and in imminent danger of losing his family.

  • Kristie had everything going for her, but her childhood disorder of OCD spiraled out of control which ultimately lead to addiction of a mix of drugs and huffing.

  • Jordan was a handsome, talented musician with a promising career, but an addiction to crystal meth thrust him into a life of crime, prostitution, and addiction.

  • Tiffany was on her way to becoming a successful graphic designer, but severe complications from the birth of her first child led to an addiction to prescribed pain pills. Then post-partum depression in succeeding pregnancies resulted in an opiate addiction. Today she is a heroin addict and and her second marriage is in jeopardy.

  • A wealthy entrepreneur loses everything to crack, reducing her life to a never ending cycle of prostitution and begging.

  • Katie was a beautiful and successful mortgage broker and drug & alcohol counselor who found happiness in being a mother to her two kids. But a devastating breakup resulted sent her on a downward spiral of heroin and meth addiction.

  • A young mother’s eating disorder has been a life-long affliction, now compounded by drug and sex addiction–but to get rid of all of her demons she’ll have to eliminate more than just her food.

  • Coined “five-dollar insanity,” in 2014, a powerful new street drug called “Flakka,” flooded the streets of South Florida. Over the next year, this highly-addictive drug would cause its users to exhibit extreme, often public, acts of erratic behavior and symptoms of dementia and psychosis. Broward County alone experienced more than 60 deaths to date and received several Flakka-related emergency response calls each day. We’ll follow the story of current and recovering Flakka users as they struggle with addiction and the lingering effects of their drug use.

  • After following her partner to the big city, a young lady is consumed by the world of designer drugs, and she is now reduced to huffing bottles of computer duster in the aisles of her local hardware store.

  • A young lady becomes addicted to huffing following a move to the big city, with a sexual assault the base of her addiction.

  • A college student looks to alcohol when facing survivor's remorse.

  • A lady uses heroin and meth because of several traumatic events, including sexual assault and divorce, and her family worry her life is in impending danger and that her practices have spread to other family members.

  • A business owner fights crack addiction after the death of his dad.

  • A lady fights meth and suboxone addiction after the sudden death of her boyfriend.

  • A man battles alcoholism following the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

  • A young lady develops an addiction to heroin and Xanax after reconnecting with her real dad.

  • Ginjer is a professional Sugar Baby who trolls "dating" websites to maintain a severe Dilaudid addiction.

  • Two brothers get assistance with addictions to heroin and pain pills after individual struggles with injury and insecurity.

  • Karissa was always a talented cook - so much so, that her mother had one day hoped to pass the family diner down to her as a legacy. But Karissa's life took a drastic turn when a close family friend fed her Oxycodone, and then ultimately made her a drug courier.

  • Barry was born into a life of abuse and turmoil. He learned to drink with his alcoholic mother to dull the pain and has alienated himself from almost everyone he loves.

  • A husband and wife battle heroin addiction.

  • A millionaire business woman gets help after being stuck in a binge drinking spiral that began with the loss of an infant child to SIDS and saw her lose her marriage, relationships with her other children and her fortune.

  • A bright student whose life went to pieces after her mother wedded a double-dealing artist gets help.

  • A woman who was sexually abused and uses opiates and alcohol to cope, receives assistance.

  • Synthetic marijuana, also known as Spice, K2, Moon Rocks and Black Mamba, wreaks havoc in communities across the country.

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