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(Onion AV Club)   A group of A&E's friends corner them in a room to tell them it's time to take "Intervention" off the air   (avclub.com) divider line 37
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2013-07-18 12:56:34 PM
While they're at it, could they take all their other "reality" crap off the air too?

Just saw a commercial video of A&E from 1998; how the mighty have fallen

/escape the ordinary, indeed
 
2013-07-18 01:22:55 PM

DanZero: While they're at it, could they take all their other "reality" crap off the air too?

Just saw a commercial video of A&E from 1998; how the mighty have fallen

/escape the ordinary, indeed


I swear, I will vote for the first politician who can promise me a cessation of all reality shows, past, existing and future.
 
2013-07-18 01:24:42 PM
Feels like I'm WALKIN' on sunshine!
 
2013-07-18 01:25:07 PM
BUT YOU'RE MY FRIENDS!
 
2013-07-18 01:26:30 PM
You can attempt to take reality TV off the air, but I must warn you that my PhD earning, Russian literature bookclub reading wife will cut off the nads of anyone who attempts to interrupt her regular viewing of Underdog to Wonderdog.
 
2013-07-18 01:37:53 PM
No matter how bad things get, flipping on Intervention always made me feel better. At least I'm not like THOSE people.

Nothing is better than watching a bored divorcee drink away their alimony money or some yuppie parent's little overachiever tricking for Oxy money.

It's amazing this show had a lower body count than Dr. Drew's Z-List Rehab.
 
2013-07-18 01:42:41 PM

PiffMan420: No matter how bad things get, flipping on Intervention always made me feel better. At least I'm not like THOSE people.

Nothing is better than watching a bored divorcee drink away their alimony money or some yuppie parent's little overachiever tricking for Oxy money.

It's amazing this show had a lower body count than Dr. Drew's Z-List Rehab.


When I think my spare room needs cleaning, I watch a bit of Hoarders, and I feel great.  I'm a full-on germophobe compared to those people.
 
2013-07-18 01:43:27 PM

PiffMan420: No matter how bad things get, flipping on Intervention always made me feel better. At least I'm not like THOSE people.

Nothing is better than watching a bored divorcee drink away their alimony money or some yuppie parent's little overachiever tricking for Oxy money.

It's amazing this show had a lower body count than Dr. Drew's Z-List Rehab.


I agree whole-heartedly.  No matter how bad I was feeling I didn't need to knock off during my smoke break and shoot up or go turn tricks for drug money.  It was one of those rare shows where I walked away from it feeling MUCH better about myself.  And alot of times it even served as some level of inspiration to slow down a bit now again.
 
2013-07-18 01:43:35 PM

PiffMan420: No matter how bad things get, flipping on Intervention always made me feel better. At least I'm not like THOSE people.

Nothing is better than watching a bored divorcee drink away their alimony money or some yuppie parent's little overachiever tricking for Oxy money.

It's amazing this show had a lower body count than Dr. Drew's Z-List Rehab.


Pretty much this. Anytime I felt like I might be hitting the sauce a little much, i would turn that show on and think "Huh, well, at least I'm not pounding a bottle of vodka 24/7/365." Sad that they're taking a show off the air that actually improved the quality of some people's lives while Real Housewives of ________ continues to infest airwaves
 
2013-07-18 01:49:14 PM
I like the first 48. Isn't that on A and E?

/too lazy to look
 
2013-07-18 01:53:45 PM
I think 99% of the shows I watched they managed to get the person into some type of rehab, except for one girl that refused to go over her addiction to compressed air / can dusters. She claimed she was fine and didn't have a problem. It struck me as particularly frightening as even hardcore pill and heroin addicts eventually realized they needed help or they were going to die. But this girl just decided to keep on huffing duster cans.
 
2013-07-18 01:58:37 PM

SmackLT: DanZero: While they're at it, could they take all their other "reality" crap off the air too?

Just saw a commercial video of A&E from 1998; how the mighty have fallen

/escape the ordinary, indeed

I swear, I will vote for the first politician who can promise me a cessation of all reality shows, past, existing and future.


And anyone that has been on a reality must be exeecuted
 
2013-07-18 02:06:10 PM

groppet: SmackLT: DanZero: While they're at it, could they take all their other "reality" crap off the air too?

Just saw a commercial video of A&E from 1998; how the mighty have fallen

/escape the ordinary, indeed

I swear, I will vote for the first politician who can promise me a cessation of all reality shows, past, existing and future.

And anyone that has been on a reality must be exeecuted


Let the cleansing begin
 
2013-07-18 02:08:05 PM
I also enjoyed the Intervention show, the Hoarders show.

addiction, mental illness. it's not like I laughed at those people for being exposed. it was just kind of fascinating to see the human mind unraveled.

of course, you ride the bus to work, you also see. it's a little less entertaining on the bus, though.
 
2013-07-18 02:15:58 PM

The Bunyip: I think 99% of the shows I watched they managed to get the person into some type of rehab, except for one girl that refused to go over her addiction to compressed air / can dusters. She claimed she was fine and didn't have a problem. It struck me as particularly frightening as even hardcore pill and heroin addicts eventually realized they needed help or they were going to die. But this girl just decided to keep on huffing duster cans.


She eventually did get help.  They did half of a two part followup episode on her.  She seemed much happier, moreso than most everyone else on that show after they got clean and now she was doing some sort of inspirational speaking.  You could tell she wasn't all there anymore though, and if I recall she even admitted to as much when they interviewed her.
 
2013-07-18 02:28:55 PM
Was waiting for the weed intervention

/disappointed
//not really, but really wanted to see the person that screwed up there life with just weed
///that person probably doesn't exist
 
2013-07-18 02:40:00 PM
Hoarders just makes me clean the house and haul a load of stuff to Goodwill or the dump.
 
2013-07-18 02:49:41 PM

Old MonkeyShine: Was waiting for the weed intervention

/disappointed
//not really, but really wanted to see the person that screwed up there life with just weed
///that person probably doesn't exist


There are some burnouts that need to put the blunt down, but they're not as camera ready as the drunks and junkies. You don't get the crying and rage fits that the alkies have. Or the blatant criminality of the heroin and meth fiends.
 
2013-07-18 02:50:04 PM

Old MonkeyShine: Was waiting for the weed intervention

/disappointed
//not really, but really wanted to see the person that screwed up there life with just weed
///that person probably doesn't exist


It depends on what you call a screwed up life, my brother-in-law who smokes a lot of pot, has never had a job that pays taxes, couldn't get a loan for a huffy, has totaled 12 cars in 20 years, and if it weren't for my sister's work habits would probably be living in an RV Park (he owns an RV left to him from his grandfather, he lives there when my sister kicks him out of the house).  I mean there are lots worse ways to live but his lifestyle is not one I would pick.
 
2013-07-18 02:57:44 PM

PiffMan420: No matter how bad things get, flipping on Intervention always made me feel better. At least I'm not like THOSE people.

Nothing is better than watching a bored divorcee drink away their alimony money or some yuppie parent's little overachiever tricking for Oxy money.

It's amazing this show had a lower body count than Dr. Drew's Z-List Rehab.

Intervention

for all its faults as a tv show, does one thing right - they put people into a real detox and/or rehab (or attempt to) with at least some, if not good, credibility. The Dr Drew Malpractice Hour is all about the show, not the treatment. While the Pasadena Recovery Center (where the show is filmed) may have some credentials, when the Dr Drew show is filming, good medicine takes a back seat to shock TV. Starting with a less than effective 30 day duration of the visit (that is barely enough for detox) amd right through the lack of screening people who are sincere in their desire to get help, the show is a medical practice travesty. For those people who actually are making an effort, it is even worse as not only are they getting poor treatment, they are subjected to fading d-list show biz personalities who using the show as some last gasp to revive their failed careers. At least Intervention does the taping and all that, then jets the person away for treatment without the cameras (if they choose to go to treatment).

On a slightly different note, I have mixed feelings about Intervention, particularly as of the last few seasons. One of the biggest advantages of doing a real-life intervention on a person was the surprise factor that often kept the addict off balance with the surprise and then quick admission to treatment for a few days so at least there would be a chance for them so sober up and think a little more clearly. Following that, the hope was that if they went for a bit, maybe they would stay for a while as opposed to addicts who generally and vehemently oppose any type or talk of treatment. Intervention put the whole process out there for all to see which was good on some levels, but it also raised awareness among addicts they might be getting set up for an intervention (not the tv show, but a real one). In short, it tipped them off and as addicts are passionate about being addicts, it may have taught a few how to avoid the intervention itself.

In the end, I guess it can be filed in the Double Edge Sword folder. Better that it aired than not at all.

Celebrity Rehab on the other hand is just plain irresponsible. If whatever medical board in California shut them down for malpractice, I would not shed a tear. I also firmly believe it would benefit the addiction recovery environment in general. Sadly, when Dr Drew is involved, no treatment can be better than his treatment.

(apologies for the wall-o-text)
 
2013-07-18 02:58:37 PM

Tanukis_Parachute: I like the first 48. Isn't that on A and E?

/too lazy to look


best cop drama on the TV
 
2013-07-18 03:20:53 PM

Kanemano: Tanukis_Parachute: I like the first 48. Isn't that on A and E?

/too lazy to look

best cop drama on the TV


It is hysterical to see that most killers are morons and typically snitch on themselves.

"But officer! I was just driving the getaway car! It's not like I actually shot the prick!"

What makes Dr. Drew's shiat even worse is that his "paitents" are paid for their time. After they've just started to get their brain chemistry in wack, they're given a nice fat paycheck. When they do relapse, they can buy a lot more drugs with a reduced tolerance. This is how the guy from Glee died.

Dr. Drew is also a Big Book zealot and believes maintenance therapy isn't actual recovery. Suboxone users are just cheaters and are not actually sober. You're gonna sweat that methadone right out druggie! Then the opiate user goes to fix because they're in hell and then overdose. This is how Mike Starr died.
 
2013-07-18 03:24:58 PM
a&e and i have been done professionally since they cancelled nero wolfe in order to make room for more reality tv.
 
2013-07-18 03:43:58 PM
I have watched a few episodes of Intervention.

I don't watch more for the same reason I have never rewatched Schindler's list.
 
2013-07-18 03:55:17 PM

Tanukis_Parachute: I like the first 48. Isn't that on A and E?

/too lazy to look


Yes.  That's the only show I watch on A&E - and only sporadically.
 
2013-07-18 04:11:44 PM

DanZero: While they're at it, could they take all their other "reality" crap off the air too?

Just saw a commercial video of A&E from 1998; how the mighty have fallen

/escape the ordinary, indeed



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2013-07-18 04:15:22 PM
Meh... Intervention is a little more real than most.  I think think the real benefit of the show, aside from some of the actual treatment the addicts might get, is that it exposes the enabling network behind these addicts.  It takes a LOT of enabling from friends and family to maintain an addiction and this show shines the bright light on them as well.  Maybe someone watching at home will see that and identify the enabling in their own relationship with a sick person in their life.

Of course, addicts that don't their own enabling network end up on the street... and this is America we don't want to see homeless drug addicts on TV unless it is in an amusing fictional portrayal.
 
2013-07-18 04:44:40 PM
Only one "reality" show has ever graced my DVR list. Alas, it looks like "Hoarders" has likely been cancelled.
 
2013-07-18 05:13:44 PM

karmaceutical: Meh... Intervention is a little more real than most.  I think think the real benefit of the show, aside from some of the actual treatment the addicts might get, is that it exposes the enabling network behind these addicts.  It takes a LOT of enabling from friends and family to maintain an addiction and this show shines the bright light on them as well.  Maybe someone watching at home will see that and identify the enabling in their own relationship with a sick person in their life.

Of course, addicts that don't their own enabling network end up on the street... and this is America we don't want to see homeless drug addicts on TV unless it is in an amusing fictional portrayal.


There's been quite a few episodes where the family is more screwed up than the person smoking crack. Uncle Bad Touch made quite a few guest appearances.
 
2013-07-18 05:59:09 PM

PiffMan420: karmaceutical: Meh... Intervention is a little more real than most.  I think think the real benefit of the show, aside from some of the actual treatment the addicts might get, is that it exposes the enabling network behind these addicts.  It takes a LOT of enabling from friends and family to maintain an addiction and this show shines the bright light on them as well.  Maybe someone watching at home will see that and identify the enabling in their own relationship with a sick person in their life.

Of course, addicts that don't their own enabling network end up on the street... and this is America we don't want to see homeless drug addicts on TV unless it is in an amusing fictional portrayal.

There's been quite a few episodes where the family is more screwed up than the person smoking crack. Uncle Bad Touch made quite a few guest appearances.


Usually the rapist/molester wasn't there, but on many occasions, a parent who knew about it and either just didn't believe it, or didn't care was. But the only addict on the show I truly felt bad for was the lady who became a pain pill addict after her house caught on fire and 3 of her 4 kids died.
 
2013-07-18 06:17:25 PM

PiffMan420: Kanemano: Tanukis_Parachute: I like the first 48. Isn't that on A and E?

/too lazy to look

best cop drama on the TV

It is hysterical to see that most killers are morons and typically snitch on themselves.

"But officer! I was just driving the getaway car! It's not like I actually shot the prick!"


It's interesting how the most glaring open-and-shut case on The First 48 is much more interesting than the convoluted conspiracies on something like Law & Order.

I remember one where these three teenagers broke into a guy's house and killed him when he tried to defend himself, left a glove in a puddle of his blood, left their farking shotgun on his front stoop (which they had been shooting off for New Year's earlier, in front of the whole neighborhood), then walked back to their house, leaving a trail of bloody footprints right back to their front door.

It was still more interesting than "The killer is actually his identical twin, who got a sex change, and is having an affair with the mayor!  That's why identical DNA was at the scene, but witnesses only saw a woman, and why IA was pressuring them to drop the case!" crap on SVU.
 
2013-07-18 06:42:50 PM

Sgt Otter: PiffMan420: Kanemano: Tanukis_Parachute: I like the first 48. Isn't that on A and E?

/too lazy to look

best cop drama on the TV

It is hysterical to see that most killers are morons and typically snitch on themselves.

"But officer! I was just driving the getaway car! It's not like I actually shot the prick!"

It's interesting how the most glaring open-and-shut case on The First 48 is much more interesting than the convoluted conspiracies on something like Law & Order.

I remember one where these three teenagers broke into a guy's house and killed him when he tried to defend himself, left a glove in a puddle of his blood, left their farking shotgun on his front stoop (which they had been shooting off for New Year's earlier, in front of the whole neighborhood), then walked back to their house, leaving a trail of bloody footprints right back to their front door.

It was still more interesting than "The killer is actually his identical twin, who got a sex change, and is having an affair with the mayor!  That's why identical DNA was at the scene, but witnesses only saw a woman, and why IA was pressuring them to drop the case!" crap on SVU.


Since I'm laid up recovering from having a knee scoped this week, I've been watching a lot of daytime TV, it is nice that Discovery shows their old shows in the morning, anyway the other morning they were showing an FBI Files, where the FBI's office admin was raped and murdered.  That was just an interesting episode abusive ex-husband, jealous ex-boyfriend, cryptic letters to friends saying she think her ex-husband is going to kill her to get out of child support.  And the murderer ended up being a serial rapist who lived across the street.  Much better than a SVU episode.
 
2013-07-18 07:06:22 PM
I used to love watching that show just to say, "Hey! There are people more farked up than I am!" I'm not sure that would work anymore.
 
2013-07-18 11:48:48 PM
BTW, has anybody done a study on the recidivism rate of that show?
 
2013-07-19 12:39:38 AM

PiffMan420: Kanemano: Tanukis_Parachute: I like the first 48. Isn't that on A and E?

/too lazy to look

best cop drama on the TV

It is hysterical to see that most killers are morons and typically snitch on themselves.

"But officer! I was just driving the getaway car! It's not like I actually shot the prick!"

What makes Dr. Drew's shiat even worse is that his "paitents" are paid for their time. After they've just started to get their brain chemistry in wack, they're given a nice fat paycheck. When they do relapse, they can buy a lot more drugs with a reduced tolerance. This is how the guy from Glee died.

Dr. Drew is also a Big Book zealot and believes maintenance therapy isn't actual recovery. Suboxone users are just cheaters and are not actually sober. You're gonna sweat that methadone right out druggie! Then the opiate user goes to fix because they're in hell and then overdose. This is how Mike Starr died.


I cannot agree more with this. Suboxone saved my life and I will probably stay on it for the rest of it. It doesn't get me high but allows me to function normally. I've been on it for 3 years and since then have finished college, got engaged, and am living happily and in peace.

/csb.
/RIP Layne and Mike
 
2013-07-19 12:20:54 PM
Agreed. Ex-wife is on it, and it's amazing the difference it can make. Her parents tried running her through AA-type programs a few times and it didn't work at all, in fact things got worse for her, then her new boyfriend got her into a suboxone program and she's a functioning member of society again. I think a methadone program would have worked for her too but she couldn't find one that wasn't really skeevy.

/ good on ya for getting clean
// substance abuse is really an insidious thing
 
2013-07-19 02:35:54 PM

pueblonative: BTW, has anybody done a study on the recidivism rate of that show?


Intervention or Celebrity Rehab?
 
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