Does "Intervention" really help?

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I'm sure everyone has heard of or seen the show on A&E.....what are your thoughts? Does the show give an accurate picture of addiction? Do you think they're methods are effective? Has anyone ever participated in an "intervention"?

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I don't like the fact that they lie and sneak to make the intervention happen....I think that kind of deception could scare an addict off rather encouraging them. Like you ladies, I do believe that you can't help someone who isn't willing to help themselves which is why I think the concealing aspect of "Intervention" is where their problem lies....I think in order to give addicts a fighting chance we need to involve them in each step of the process....they should be invited into the intervention instead of tricking them to be there.

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i agree with jessica.. i have watched this show numerous times.. i think it can be productive for someone who shows or behaves a little bit like they want to quit bc they want to be proactive members of their family.. when i watch i can usually tell who will benefit and who will not usually im right on.. i have never participated in an intervention but have wanted to start one or two for certain members of my family..

Becky - posted on 07/23/2010




I have never dealt with an addiction, so it's hard for me to say, really, but I do agree with Jessica. A person with an addiction is not going to overcome that addiction until they want to. I do think an intervention might help some people, if they truly do not realize what they are doing and what they are about to lose, it could be the wake-up call they need. But others, it won't do anything for. I have seen people lose their marriages, their jobs, their children even, and nothing makes them get help. It's really horribly sad.

Jessica - posted on 07/23/2010




I think for someone truely addicted to something, regardless of an intervntion, they themself have to actually WANT to quit what they are doing, otherwise they will go back to it eventually.

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