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Intervention on A&E

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  1. teddyb

    teddyb Well-Known Member

    my husband and I have a daughter who is a recovering addict. we find it very hard to watch the show, but last night it happened that I turned on the tv and there it was already. I know how watching it fills us with anxiety, but once we saw the first few minutes- we found we couldnt turn it off! Seeing someone deep in addiction brings back such painful memories for us, I asked myself WHY I would watch it? After a while I just figured I found I had to 'see it through'. I couldnt just turn it off and forget the story, forget the young woman who was an alcoholic, I had to see the resolution of her situation. Luckily, last nights seemed to be a successful 'resolution' with the main player, a young woman who was alcoholic, accepting help and gaining her sobriety. The show just stirs up my PTSD so much!! It puzzles us both why we would sit there and watch it, but sometimes we do. Couple this with the fact that yesterday our daughter was really struggling - seemed to have a real battle on her hands and my last phone call left me wondering if she could keep battling on.... I told myself as I tried to fall asleep that she is strong and will do the right thing and kept repeating it to myself until I nodded away. This morning bright and early she called as she said she would and she sounded fine. I have to keep believing in her strength and committment to a sober life.
     
  2. Mic

    Mic Guest

    Tonight includes back-to-back episodes; starting with this repeat:

    A&E
    Intervention : "Jason"
    Addictions to drugs and alcohol are addressed.

    Original Airdate: January 14, 2008 [}:)]

    followed by:

    A&E
    Intervention : "Marie"
    Alcoholism is the subject.

    Original Airdate: Today [^]

    Check listings for local times. Here on the Left Coast the action is from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

    Mic


    </center><center>It takes what it takes
     
  3. arlenewla

    arlenewla Well-Known Member

    I've got a fairly strong stomach on this subject when it comes to addiction and alcoholism but this episode almost did me in. I turned the channel away 3 times and was drawn back to each time.

    Fairly horrific...and dead bang on.

    Arlene
    Exodus From MMT;12-25-02
    <center>THIS TOO SHALL PASS</center>
     
  4. TwanBeezy

    TwanBeezy Well-Known Member

    Personally, I don't mind educational programs about alcoholism and addiction. There was recently one on HBO called Addiction: A Supplementary Series. However, the show Intervention is hardly educational. In my opinion, it's more exploits than education. I mean, granted they're helping these people by provding them with treatment at some of the best rehab facilities, that doesn't change the fact they're on national television at their absolute worst in life. And not that it's that big of a deal anyway. These people aren't famous and it's not like the show is off the charts with ratings. If the purpose is to scare people straight who do watch the program, then I guess they're trying. But if the purpose is to educate people about the nature of alcoholism or addiction, then it doesn't hit the mark at all.

    I mean, it's an okay show, but it's uber-depressing for one thing. Two, I'm pretty sure most people know that most alcoholics and addicts are completely unbearable to be around a lot of the times. We all know. We were the unbearable ones.

    But I mean, for example, you go to an AA meeting and generally, you hear people saying positive stuff. They're talking about God, spirituality, how their lives have become better, how they're changing. Fu*k, I've been to AA BEGINNER meetings where some people haven't been sober more than 2 weeks and they're talking about how they already feel better and how they feel as if their lives are going to change. Of course, every now and then you'll get the person in the meeting who is shaking because he/she is coming off a huge bender, or somebody who is all "poor me, my life sucks, I hate life" kind of deal, etc. etc. but again, for the most part, AA is a positive program where people do often bring up the past and the things they did, but it's not in a boohoo, sad kind of way. It's just an informative kind of way.

    Intervention, a full hour of an active addict destroying his life, I just don't see the point. They should make a show called "Recovery" or "Halfway House" or something like that and show people talking while they're sober, not while they're high. See, a show like that might actually help people who are in recovery. They could make it like a reality show, except with 5 or 6 recovering alcoholics/addicts living together, maybe even more, and show how they hang out, talk about staying sober, talk about cravings or thoughts and feelings if they have them, any thoughts they have or feelings, things like that. People might watch and relate to it.
     
  5. dd

    dd Well-Known Member

    Beez
    I kinda like that idea for the show on recovery. Sure would be more inspiring- maybe a half and half type thing, something like intervention in beginning of show then pick it up during the recovery period for say 6 months.
    I see you are up at it's 4:30 am ..est.. I am up too..can't sleep as usual...uggg!!!

    Have A Blessed Day!
    Didi
     
  6. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    I need to see shows like this so i remember that the insanity is right out the front door just waiting for me. I choose a better, sober life today..

    Day by Day is the only way....
     
  7. arlenewla

    arlenewla Well-Known Member

    The thing about this particular episode (Marie/Alcoholic) was that it reminded me of two things that were very painful.

    The first was as regards my husband who died of alcoholism. He too drank 1/2 gallon of vodka daily. He too couldn't walk from room to room or get in a car without a glass glued to his hand. He too was bloated at the end from the booze. The part where it came to light that one of her daughters was buying her booze and cigarettes...enabling her...really struck home. I did that for my husband.

    The second of course was all about me. During the intervention, her daughters and sons in law forbade Marie from being her grandchildren. And she didn't get it. She saw herself as the victim. When she cried while looking at the picture of her dead husband (who also died of alcoholism) she was loaded wailing..."you left me, you left me."

    As I said...this show spoke to me...and what it said took me back to a time and place almost 6 years ago. In the case of my husband, more than 8 years ago. It hurt.

    Her children's intervention with Marie re-created my sons & DIL's with me. Sometimes its very hard to be Alice Through The Looking Glass even with the gift of time and space.

    Bottom line....thank G-d I don't have to live like that anymore nor do my children. The Gift of Desperation on the screen works for me.

    Arlene
    Exodus From MMT;12-25-02
    <center>THIS TOO SHALL PASS</center>
     
  8. Nomadic

    Nomadic Well-Known Member

    I find that I have to turn it when they do the actual intervention because of all the hurt that everyone feels. I do like at the end when they give updates. I wish they would update the others ongoing too and do follow ups on their success or failure.

    The only part that I would change is that many might be left that a quick 2-3 month detox is the cure. It's an ongoing process, a lifetime. It's living life.

    nomadic

    "an honest man's pillow is his peace of mind" John Mellencamp Minutes to Memories
     
  9. Mic

    Mic Guest

    The lineup for today, Monday, July 28th, 2008. Check local listing for times; times listed are Pacific.

    6:00pm - 7:00pm, A&E
    Intervention : "In-Depth: Heroin Hits Home"
    In a departure from the series usual format, Donnie Wahlberg narrates a report on heroin addiction in the Boston suburbs.


    7:00pm - 8:00pm, A&E
    Intervention : "Ryan"
    In the third-season opener, a 23-year-old OxyContin addict receives an intervention from his family.

    Original Airdate: March 16, 2007


    8:00pm - 9:00pm, A&E
    Intervention : "Tressa"
    Crystal-meth addiction is the subject.

    Original Airdate: January 28, 2008

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  10. OnMyWay

    OnMyWay Well-Known Member

    I'm watching Tressa's story...this sh*t is f**ked up. I feel so awful for the way her father speaks to her about her being gay.

    "What if I were to get off drugs, and still have Kelly in my life? Would that still be wrong?"

    "To me it would be."

    [V]
     
  11. zoie33

    zoie33 Well-Known Member

    What are we afraid of these days? Is our deepest fear our feelings of inadequacy? No, its more that we recognize that we are more powerful beyond imagination. Then why is it that the light within us scares us more than the darkness. We'll ask ourselves who are we to be beautiful, brilliant, talented and fabulous? But honestly, WHO ARE WE NOT TO BE? Let others see the powerful light within us so that they may find the courage to find theirs.
     
  12. gettingbetter

    gettingbetter Well-Known Member

    Hey all,

    I haven't been around for a while. I'm going to try to get back on here and stay in touch with the great people here.

    At any rate -- Intervention, last night's new episode, Allison, the former pre-med.

    Did anyone see it?? That last episode really messed with my head. Maybe I'd just never seen anyone with an addiction to inhalants.

    What a terrific show. That show really helps keep me sober, for two reasons: first, seeing just how horrible active addiction is, and second, and in my opinion most important, seeing just how much addicts affect everyone else in their lives. That's something I could never quite get. Seeing it onscreen really hammers it home ...

    -Danielle
     
  13. Parachute

    Parachute Well-Known Member

    ABSOLUTELY true..I have shed tears watching intervention...SEeing the pain of addiciton ..for the addict, for all those who love that suffering addict. That show helps my sobriety also...It keeps it REAL GREEN for me...I must always remember , to pick up drugs...I go straight toward HELL....Today I understand that it is NOT JUST ME that i hurt in active addictin. I am blessed to be loved by people in this world..TOday I stay sober, for me, and so I can be the man that is worthy of the love that is given me
    PEACE

    All Best
    P
     
  14. hayley7

    hayley7 Well-Known Member

    thats so funny, gettingbetter..I jsut wrote about lasts nights show on my thread. It FREAKED me out. Now i know opiates are dangerous, but inhalents...yikes. I was so looking forward to watching it as it was so foreign and shocking to me. I really did NOT expect her to get clean. lucky she did or she would have been lucky if she lived another week. Ive seen people high on pretty much every drug , but drugs like that are so frightning(and I thought it was awful to see someone strung out on crack)I think the terrifying part , is that these are the kind of drugs kids are doing because they are so excessable. Atleast with opiates, when you get clean you can reverse the effects...whith inhalents the brain damage that is caused it perminent...if you have any brain left at all or are even alive to talk about it. Yes I must say that last nights was one of the most overwhelming episodes ive ever seen. Like i said on my post,Ive bee around the block with hard core drugs, but the stuff you can get over the counter terrifies me(not to say that all drugs arnt scary)

    hayley
     
  15. glassbottom

    glassbottom Well-Known Member

    this was one of the most disturbing and troubling interventions Ive ever seen. She was so out of control, so frightening with that (**)ing can in her mouth, so self pitying and destructive.

    For some reason I find the addictions that I never had any part of to be the most difficult to watch. Give me an alchie or a heroin addict and Im like no problem, this stuff....and the cutting and the anorexia???? yikes.

    great show.
     
  16. gettingbetter

    gettingbetter Well-Known Member

    It was the SOUND that can made, as punctuation to her every action, you know? Was it the can in her mouth that made it so disturbing? The fact that when she was messed up, she was soooo messed up? Her sister holding her at the end and sobbing? The cats? The cops?

    I can't put my finger on it, but I'm glad you guys all had such an evisceral reaction to it as well.

    Hayley, I honestly didn't think she was going to make it, either. But I got the feeling when the cops took her, and she was so stunned, that she'd never faced the prospect of someone ELSE interfering with her life and her addiction. When someone else stepped it, maybe it shocked her ... and treatment was the attention she'd needed all along.
    -d
     
  17. hayley7

    hayley7 Well-Known Member

    "treatment was the attention she needed all along" very well said, getting better...and ya that can in her hand all of the time..now I dont feel so bad smoking lol. Her eyes and saors scared me
    And glassbottom, I know what you mean about watch a junkie or alcoholic not being that shicking...i mean weve been there done that, but the different addictions like inhalents etc. are so scary . and although heroin , alcohol, coke etc are deadly...this one sure tops the cake!

    hayley
     
  18. Mic

    Mic Guest

    Intervention : "Brooke"
    A painkiller addiction is the subject.

    8:00pm - 9:00pm, Pacific Time A&E (Check local listings for channel and time)
    Original Airdate: January 7, 2008 (BOO)
     
  19. pillsandthecity

    pillsandthecity Well-Known Member

    New season of Intervention

    Hi all the new season starts on Monday the 15th of Dec for Intervention. This season will have 13 episodes. Thought I would pass this on since it is a strange time of the year to begin a new season. Have a good one...........

    Amy-- Free from pills 1/15/2007

    --"Life is a riddle and I am really stumped" The Offspring
     
  20. Mic

    Mic Guest

    ALL NEW INTERVENTION BEGINNING MONDAY DECEMBER 15, 2008. Check local listings for times in your area. Oh yeah, one other detail....it said either (12) or (15) new episodes.

    Mic

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