Have someone who has a dangerous problem that can lead to death? Sometimes, an intervention is needed to save the one who love, even if it means being hard on them. Millions suffer from a form of addiction, and they do need help to get sober. If the family are willing to draw the line in hopes of saving a life, then so be it. If a person turns down it, then actions will have to have a consequence like get the person the help they need against their will. Sometimes, the police and doctors can step in if it's urgent. If that doesn't stop them, what will… besides the grim reaper. When help is needed, one will have to have the element of surprise and stage an intervention if it's the one thing that will save them, if not too late.
I just realized that this site made a bad judgement call. Its not A&E, it is whoever wrote about our episode. You totally re-worded what was on the press release and you should be ashamed of yourself. "He ruminates over his sexuality and drinks to avoid this feeling." Where did you come to that conclusion? That comment is no where which proves that you made it up on your own. Why write what you want to: It seems that this site has the gay issue". I will personally make sure that everyone knows what this site did and I can assure you that there are thousands that will know. Go to ae.com/intervention to read what SHOULD BE WRITTEN
I happened to tune into this one evening to think it was a movie. However, I soon found out that it was a docu-drama (IMO). The program shows how people who sometimes have a wonderful future seem to fall to the belief that drugs and/or alcohol are an esacpe for their problems which only escalate to bigger ones.
Also, it deals with other destructive behaviors. I have, for many years, felt that the issue of overeating is a disease just like alcohol and drug addiction. Actually, I feel its a much harder addiction to overcome for the simple reason that one does not have to have beer or drugs to survive daily...but one does have to have food. And just as in chemical dependancies, 1 is soon not enough to satisfy those cravings (making you feel better) one has to keep eating more and more to satisfy that craving in their mind. Most obese people do not eat for the sake of liking the food, they eat to make themselves feel better. Now having that said, back to the show.
I think that this is a program that can help people see just what can happen if you decide to make the wrong choice in life---you could end up just like the person on TV...now thats reality.
I absolutely adored John! It reminded me so much of myself and broke my heart! I'd love to talk to him if at all possible. Just his sweetness and experience I believe could do me some good. The show really was disturbing to watch when you see yourself doing the exact same things. I didn't think he was going to "make it" because at times I feel as helpless as he did...then you just drink more to cover up that horrible feeling. I've watched a lot of episodes of Intervention, but by far this one touched me more than I ever could imagine.
I look forward to Intervention every week. It's my all time favorite show! I hope to see some new ones soon!!
I come from a family of alcoholics & my father use to abuse my mom, so sometimes the show hits close to home for me) All the interventionists are the BEST!!!! You guys are awesome....keep up the great work! To the people that portray their life on this show: I give you so much credit for being brave enough to come out in the open about your problems. Sometimes I wish I was as brave as you!!!!!
Yay....tommorrow's Monday & intervention starts at 8pm!!!!!!!
this show is amazing~ it's taught me that.... all i want is a sound system that sounds rad~ and tell the neighbors were probably going to blow the wall down! it's also taught me that i want to join the twelve step program! and it has showed that people these days don't have manners! is their an ant dj rehab? i'm going to dj at coachella! woo woo yayaya! chaching! thanks for the goodies!!! i met this super hot chick! i love to rave it, and just have fun! its all about fun! in all actuality these are bite marks on my refirgerator! do i look like a normal guy? no, my apperance is illegal? do u mess with someone that uses their refirgerator as a punching bag?? go ahead try it!
People suffering additions, eating disorders, and mental disorders are filmed for a documentary. In reality, an intervention is being staged by family, friends, and health care professionals to help them out of their dire situations.
Not even the greatest Hollywood writers can come up with ideas that surpass the stories we can get out of real life. No typical "win money/husband/wife/house" reality show can possibly capture the raw emotions of life.
Intervention does just this. That's real blood you see gushing out of a wound as the self-harmer passes a razor over her skin . That's real heroin you see the man injecting into his arm. That's real food you see the anorexic vomiting out after a binge. And the suffering of the individual and his/her friends do not get any more real that this. They'd probably give anything to be on a "win money/husband/wife/house" reality show instead.
This is the world we see when we look into the mirror and not the TV screen. Countless people suffer from additions and mental disorders. These people have reduced themselves and their close ones to mere skeletons of their former selves. And it touches almost everyone in the world. I believe this is why this show is so important. Every single one of us, though we may not know it, is only a stone's throw away from ending up in situations like this. One day, you may be on top of the world, the next you may find yourself mangled in a ditch, wondering how you ended up there. Yet, this is a topic no one really wants to talk about. It's shoved under rugs. It's ignored. It's met with "that'll never happen to me or anyone I know." Intervention, if nothing, brings forth the ugly truth that many would rather turn a blind eye to. The empathic emotions it invokes are not pleasant ones. However, it does such a good job at it, which is why Intervention is such a quality show.
I have watched a lot of shows having to do with addiction, we probably all have.
So what makes Intervention so different?
Not only does it show you the completely profound effects that addictions has on the people, it shows you the effects it has on all of those around them.
Seeing the hurt that the addictions cause the family, is probably the core of the show, because everybody can relate to that. Everyone can relate to not wanting to hurt the people they love. So seeing the pain that is being caused to these people, is hard to watch.
That is what I like about this show so much, it doesn't fluff around anything, It shows the disease in the most raw way it could. Whether the disease is bulimia, drugs, or alcohol. The effects each of those have on the people in the show are chronicled very well and it makes you feel for the people involved in the show while offering a cautionary tale.
Intervention is a really harsh look at the life of addicts. It's tragic to see these people reduced to shells of their former selves. But, I think shows like this are necessary for the larger population. It's like the realest PSA you'll ever see. A trained therapist helps the family and friends of the addicted person kick their bad habit. And the addictions really do run the gamut. From drugs, alcohol, to compulsive eating and purging, anorexia and others. The climax of the show is seeing the addict either agree to rehab or try to wiggle out of it. It's sad, but definitely a reality we live with today.
Addicts who participate in this show believe they are in a documentary about their addiction. They do not know that their friends and family have staged an Intervention. The show offers addicts treatment at a facility 'should they agree to receive this special gift they've been given'. They only get a couple of hours to make their decision as the offer is only good for that day.
This show is gritty, emotional, explicit - it's a real eye opener. It's hard not to feel for the friends and families of the addicts. I think Intervention should be played at High Schools so teenagers can see what drugs, alcohol and other substances can do to you in the long run.
I really hope this series has won many awards. It's just the best documentary style show on TV today. By taking an inside look into the lives of addicts, it provides a blueprint for destruction. The addicts themselves tell their stories from beginning to end in sometimes a heartbreaking manner. Once bright and vibrant, most are shells of their former selves. The people surrounding them are often lost and without hope. I do wish the show would give us more of a follow up look at some of the people profiled. Maybe a 1 or 2 year re-visit. This should be mandatory viewing for HS health classes. The best advice this show can offer? Don't try it..ever. Even once is too much for most of this stuff. Oh, and I love the theme music too. Long live tubular bells!
I really enjoy watching intervention, not only do people get an education on how to use drugs, and what exactly they do to ones body, but what horrible things can happen to you if you start to use them. It's a good thing that they go and make a show about people's adictions to show how harmfull they are, and to help convice people to not to start these bad habbits in the first place. It's also good that they give these people help and send them to rehab. We need more people to do good like this. It's a really good show with a really good cause. I hope it continues to do what it's doing for a long time.
It's was sad to see her view of money, when so many people struggle for it. That is really what threw me off, to have so much and not have happiness. I can't believe she went on a limo ride from Boston to Kansas that cost 10,000 dollars. I have been struggling to go to college, I am 10,000 short. I live in Kansas. If anyone knows how to contact this lady let me know because, she can make an investment in me. i am worth it. And before anyone else passes judgement. i have already applied for it all, fasfa/scholarships/loans.... not enough/not enough/ denied.... For more info on me ~Contact IamDistinguished@aol.com
60% of people who are abstinent do it themselves(according to AA Grapevine 2001 Harvard doctor)-I wish all the people who leave the treatment centers and 12 step groups/AA/NA and feel like failures knew that fact!They are feeding their AV-AVRT works!
I feel really sorry for the people on your show who leave the billion dollar a year treatment industry and think they are finished. Your interventionists are part of the problem-anything for a buck-huh??? Humiliating and forcing them into treatment centers and 12 step groups that statistically constantly fail???This show is pathetic and unfortunately people will die thinking this is the only solution???The overwhelming majority of people who go to treatment drink/drug within weeks of successfully completing their so-called treatment.95% of people who go to A.A. leave in the first year. 2% are abstinent after five years???Pretty pathetic numbers(See AA literature Grapevine May 2001 for Harvard Doctor facts)The truth is 60% of people who no longer drink or drug do it themselves (according to AA)-blind leading blind dysfunctional groups or money making treatment centers. I wish you would tell your so-called failures on the show-People who don't complete treatment or do exactly what your so-called experts want them to do so they look like losers on t.v.about --- rational recovery! That's the truth,not some money scamming insurance/treatment center garbage that makes money and helps virtually no one- statistically speaking of course,most treatment centers won't/don't even keep statistics of their overwhelming failures(Like your show demonstrates consistently-they wouldn't want those true numbers getting around.Rational recovery.com is the real-free solution to ending addictions once and for all-not 12 step/treatment garbage that has already proven it's a statistical failure.60% of people who are abstinent do it themselves!!!Rational recovery.com works-tell your failures!!!Save their lives!!!
I had a girlfriene of 7 yrs and we had a child she got hooked on painkillers and from there it just got worse to meth to crack coke ect......we split up about 3 yrs. the grandparents got custody of my son, because i wasnt all that great eithier.....tried to get him that is a whole different story...anyways when we split up she moved at least i was told to arizona dont know for sure....now i just found out that she had another dope baby....I want her to get help and i dont think that the parents want to or care to help her...Please i begging that someone or something happens to get her the help she has never had the option or no one has cared enough to help her...it hurts me to see this happen to such a good person i used to know...please i beg u to help her.....Her name is tammy Lynn Harmon.....she might have got married i dont know....so she might be under a different name please i beg u to help her i dont think anyone else will and she has 3 children and this isnt right........Lost.....please i beg u.......My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org please keep me informed if u decied to help...thank you very much
This show presents the stories of drug users and their family members who have had it up to here. From unruly teenagers to adults you would have figured to be more responsible, drug use affects people from every walk of life. The program opens with the person's actual problem, and explains how such has destroyed their ability to cope and be happy in life. Watch people search their rooms desperately for the last dose; watch their families push them one more time to stop it or go past the point of no return. It's a sad, gut-wrenching experience every time.
Then there comes a time when the relatives are so afraid to lose this person that they sit down and tell them firmly that there must be a change. Sometimes the user is repentant and returns the family's feelings of regret; other times, they are pitifully belligerent and insist their way of life is nobody's business. In any event, the user enters a program of therapy at a rehabilitation center. We follow their attempts to get clean. Sometimes, it's too late for anyone to reach them; other times, the quest is a big success and the individual is happy to return to a healthy life.
This show can be downright frightening and sickening. You'll be amazed at the depravity and nastiness to which some drug abusers are reduced. Sometimes I have difficulty watching an episode all the way through. With the hard cases who don't want to quit and still hurt the ones around them, I almost feel like punching something.
It's hard for me to understand how a person can get hooked that badly. I'm just glad to see there is a way out.
The saddest aspect is that Betsys brain is damaged. You WANT to think she is aware of her unbearable behavior (worse than a child), but with all the damage done, she may not have a clue.
If ANY of these addicts/alcoholics could stop being so selfish and pathetic and SEE clearly that they are not even living anymore; perhaps they would seek help.
I personally do NOT believe that AA/NA are the only places to turn.
I'm often embarrassed to tell people I watch this show. Every single person is a copy of every other addict/alcoholic. They are NOT special. The hope is they see that and realize how much of their lives they have wasted.
I have watched intervention twice with my daughter, and it seemed to make her think drug addiction is acceptable, that everyone is doing it. It leaves a lot unspoken, and for your own imagination. It ends with a happy ending where one walks away thinking everything works out. The show needs to show more of the living nightmare or the endings that aren’t happy ever after. It needs to be more informative about the rehab, and more of the worse case scenario. It’s an opportunity to scare the wits out of users and give them something to think about.
Last night was my first time watching the show Intervention. This is one of the best shows that has come on tv in a long time. The addictions they show are true stories,what you would like to believe does not exsist in this world,but we all know it does.
This show is a true eye opener for people who do not have to deal with Addicts or Addiction. My brother (21) is addicted to pain killers, has been for about 2 years now. This show just gives me the hope that he will stay and remain clean. I asked him to turn on Intervention last night so that he could see first hand he is not only hurting himself. I just want to thank who is ever responsible for this show it has given me a new hope.
This show is an eye opening experience. It shows people at there worst. Drug addict, cutters and
any other half insane person this world can muster. What makes this show s good is that its all true. The people in this show get the help they need will sharing there story with others. Will some people who the show tries to help end up on there sin filled life again it at least gave the person the resources needed to change. Overall its an entertaining shoe because the people in it are really suffering. A great show to bad there aren’t others that show us the hard to swallow truth.
Everyone knows someone who goes through or has gone through one of the circumstances shown on this program. I give much admiration to those who have put themselves out there to show others that they can get help too.
It is a very difficult show to watch, but no more difficult to watch if you have ever watched a loved one suffer from a dependency or you, yourself have struggled with your own and are considering getting help. Watch it, watch it, watch it....no matter how difficult it is, no matter how much you cry. It may be the show or the moment that makes you decide that this is it, the jig is up...that is me or a loved one. It is real, no sugar coating saying it was easy and I am healed and free of addictions. It is a new beginning and that is all a person can ask for.
Episdoe #11: I took my best-friend, RACHEL, onto show and the producers are more amazing then the show! Show changed our lives-best thing that has happened to us! My friend was bad on heroin-crack, living on the streets, Now her life has changed for the b
LOVE IT! Best thing that has happened to us! People who live with family/friends who are adicts have to love it!
I took my best friend, RACHEL, onto the show and the producers are even more amazing then the show! This show has changed our lives forever and is the best thing that has ever happened to us! We were in Episode No. 11. My friend was bad on heroin and crack, living on the streets of Baltimore, and now her life has completely changed for the better. Look out for follow-up Episode this month (May)to see how well she is doing! I can truly say, it is a real "REALITY" show and the producers never "told" or "asked" us to do anything "abnormal" that we wouldnt do on a normal basis.
On intervention people who have different types of addictions agree to star in a documentary to help other people end up geting a shock of their life an intervention by their loved ones telling them they need help adn offering it to them this show touches me becasue my dad had a problem with drugs he was addicted to herroin and he may still be he also was addicted to any type od narctic prescription drug valum,and oxycotin. this show is aninsite to me so i can see what these people have to through because of their addictions anybody who watches this show knows it is not cool to do drugs.
This show is what true "reality" is, not something they are doing for money, or a prize.
Their prize is their life! This show takes a
bold look into real lives of addicts of all kinds. I find my self entranced by this program, it is a wake up call for many people out there with a long hard road ahead, that know there are people out there willing to help them...Great show!!
The reality of addiction in it's most vulnerable form. For once there is no sensationalism and viewers see it the way it really is from all perspectives - you can feel the pain of families, friends, and addicts. A real eye opener.
Gritty, biting, a real punch in the gut show. I have made sure to record it and show it to my 10 yr old so he can see what he will soon be challenged with by others in life. Hopefully, seeing the real thing will support my stand and give him the ability to say no with conviction.
I think this show should be a staple in high school curriculum across the nation and considered for middle schoolers - especially since the age of innocense has gone way low over the decades.
Some may vehemently disagree with my thought on this and younger viewers, saying its too much for young viewers.. I say it's too much not to show to young viewers and to do it BEFORE they are faced with it. Maybe this will be in the back of their minds when someone offers them their first joint, or they see people getting high and thinking its cool... that here is where it really comes to for many.
This may be one way to try to combat addiction before it happens... give kids something real to see rather than something to listen to from us old folks who couldn't possibly understand... text books couldn't do it any better. Reality says it all.
The other night I had taken a friend to the emergency room. While sitting in the waiting area I noticed a lady who could not sit still for the life of her. My mind immiediately jumped to \"Intervention\". The lady did not have a wrist band the ER attendants give to patients so it was obvious she was waiting for someone. Remembering the \"Intervention\" episode with the gorl hooked on crysatl meth, the lady was emulating everything the girl did when she got high. This show now helps me recognize people when they are high and quite possibly what drug they were using. this should be a big help if I decide to take on a career in the Justice system.
It takes the life of real addicts and then gives them the help they deserve. This show allows veiwers to see that anyone can have an addiction. It shows what it takes for a family to intervene in their loved one's lives before it is too late.
I love this show! It is a great informative show. Bravo for this show! Finally helping the underdog in the way that they actually need! I love it! My only complaint is that some of the addicts don't seem to always need help...like the gambler who obviously was using his show to promote his acting career....I think there are better choices...But overall I love the show and am a faithful watcher...
So I was at bored at work one Sunday night, flipping through the channels and I came across Intervention. It caught my eye because I've been in a situation in my life where I was actually doing some hardcore drugs. I made it through it, and I'm not that same person anymore, but I do feel for all the people on this show. I think it takes a lot of balls to go on public television and tell the world about their addiction to drugs, alcohol, or whatever else they may be addicted to. This show changed my life because it made me realize what I wanted to do for a career. I haven't started college yet because I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do with my life. After seeing Intervention, I enrolled in a college to study drug intervention. I envy the intervention specialists because they live for helping people that need severe attention to their addictions, and thats what I want to do. So starting in January, I will be going to college to become an intervention specialist, and I will hopefully become as sucessful as the specialists on this show. Thanks for the motivation! And maybe one day, I'll be working for you. Haha. =)
Uplifting, highly educational and hope inspiring. To all the good people who have agreed to take part in your show for what ever your reasons may be, thank you from the bottom of our hearts and God Bless you.
To those who put together this show, I personally can't thank you enough for the good work you are doing in the service of humanity.
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