Intervention, Season 7Closed Captioning
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Millions of Americans struggle with addiction. Most need help to stop. From compulsive gamblers to shopaholics to drug addicts, Intervention profiles people whose dependencies or compulsive behaviors have brought them to a point of personal crisis and estranged them from their friends and loved ones. Season 7 of this Emmy Award-winning documentary series opens with the story of Linda, who while building a glamorous lifestyle as an extra in Hollywood came down with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by joint dislocations. Linda started taking Fentanyl, a painkiller 100 times stronger than morphine. As her painkiller addiction worsens, Linda begins blaming everything from electricity, to colors, and even specific people for her pain. Despite her wild claims, Linda’s mother clings to the belief that Linda’s pain is real and sends her son to be Linda’s caretaker. Watch in this season of Intervention what Linda and other addicts choose to do when confronted by family, friends, and a professional interventionist: will they decide to go to treatment and get help or face exile and isolation from those who love them most?
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoLinda||After graduating college, Linda found success working as an extra in Hollywood, achieving the glamorous life she always wanted. But her dreams died when she came down with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by joint dislocations. Linda started taking fentanyl, a painkiller 100 times stronger than morphine. As her painkiller use escalated, she claimed that different sources were causing her pain, including electricity, energy, colors, and even specific people. Despite Linda's wild claims, her mother clings to the belief that Linda's pain is real and she must do everything to help her, including depleting the family's savings and sending her son to be Linda's caretaker.||44:04||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoGreg||Greg once owned a thriving business and was a devoted husband and father. But after a back injury left him disabled, he lost his business, started gambling, and became dependent on pain medication. He also became obsessed with Internet sweepstakes scams, and he has bankrupted his family in a relentless pursuit of big winnings. Having lost everything, Greg's family just wants their proud father back.||44:03||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoJennifer||Once an effervescent, beautiful young woman, Jennifer was considered a genius by her teachers and was the pride and joy of her parents. But at age 17, Jennifer was involved in a car accident that caused a brain injury and kidney damage. Jennifer survived, but only three days after she left the hospital another family car accident ended in a fatality. Jennifer turned to drugs and alcohol to cope and now spends her days searching for parties or drinking companions. Her parents know that only an intervention can save her.||44:13||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoRob||Once a gifted singer/songwriter, Rob was part of a successful band. He loved the rock 'n' roll lifestyle, but he began a long descent into addiction when he turned to drugs and alcohol to fuel his creativity. When his band fell apart--a casualty of his drug use--he was devastated. He lost his siblings' respect and custody of his daughter. Now he spends his days in a haze of meth smoke and alcohol in his filthy apartment. But his mother still sees him as her sweet little boy. Will she love him to death, or will Rob's family be able to save him from himself?||43:52||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoAmy W.||Amy grew up feeling unloved and unable to meet her parents' high expectations. She was also molested by a neighbor when she was eight, but never told anyone in her family. She began to self-mutilate and restrict her diet, and by 17, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Now, Amy eats only 500 calories a day, drinks up to two bottles of vodka a night, and regularly self-mutilates. Amy's family is ready to give up on her, but they still don't know about Amy's sexual abuse. Only Amy's friend, Jessica, knows the truth, but will she have the courage to tell Amy's family before it's too late?||44:14||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoSarah||Raped when she was 14 and feeling abandoned by her family, Sarah turned to drugs, even becoming a stripper to support her drug habit. She's prohibited by the courts from seeing her three-year-old son, and now lives with a man who is more than twice her age and manages a massage parlor. Can an intervention save her from her self-destructive lifestyle?||43:55||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoJackie||Once known as the "the prettiest girl in town," Jackie had a promising career as a radiation therapist. She became a wealthy doctor's wife, a country club member, and a proud mother. But Jackie was haunted by childhood traumas. She was devastated when her father died when she was 13. And as an overweight adolescent, she was teased with the nickname "Fat Jack" and felt she was never as good as her pretty sister. After Jackie's second pregnancy ended in a miscarriage, she turned to alcohol. She's had three failed stints in rehab, an ugly divorce, and lost custody of her daughter to her sister. Today, Jackie drinks two bottles of wine a day and regularly suffers broken bones and bruises in her drunken state.||44:14||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoVinnie||When Vinnie was a boy, his father abused him physically and verbally, leaving his mother feeling helpless. He developed a love for fast-paced sports, including BMX, motocross, and car racing, but his need for speed turned into an addiction to crack cocaine. Now, Vinnie lives in his car with his dog and smokes up to $1,000 worth of crack a week. Vinnie's mother tries to make up for not protecting him when he was younger by giving him money and a place to stay. But Vinnie needs more than that--he needs an intervention.||43:50||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideoRobby||When Robby's mother discovered his talent for music, she became a classic stage mother and relentlessly pushed him. Robby formed a group which became an instant success, even earning a Grammy nomination. But Robby indulged in the excesses of fame and fortune, and became an alcoholic. The group fell apart, and Robby became deeply depressed. His family and friends fear that he is intentionally drinking himself to death and believe that an intervention is their last hope.||43:52||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|10||Closed CaptioningVideoMarquel||Working as a fitness instructor at the most elite gyms and partying on the club circuit at night, Marquel seems to have the perfect life. But her family sees her exercise regime as obsessive-compulsive, and they watch her binge-drinking episodes end up in hospitalizations. They believe she is an exercise addict, bulimic, and alcoholic, and they have turned to interventionist Candy for help.||43:49||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|11||Closed CaptioningVideoKristine||Although she has a blood clot in her brain that makes drinking dangerous, Kristine is an alcoholic. But she doesn't believe her condition is a reason to quit because she recently learned that she may have leukemia. Now she figures she may as well keep drinking because the leukemia might kill her anyway. Can an intervention save her--and if she does have a terminal illness, is a successful intervention even an answer?||44:05||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|12||Closed CaptioningVideoShane||A talented cellist and an aspiring music producer, Shane's musical aspirations are now out of reach because he abuses prescription drugs and deals drugs out of his grandmother's house. After injuring his neck in a car accident, he began abusing OxyContin. His father was a drug addict, too, who died from an overdose. Now Shane is following in his father's deadly footsteps--can an intervention break the cycle?||44:04||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|13||Closed CaptioningVideoRocky||A former featherweight world champion who was discovered by Muhammad Ali, Rocky is still called "the champ" by locals. But the success, pressure, and excesses of the boxing lifestyle proved too much for him, and he turned to drugs and alcohol. He lost everything--his marriage, his sons, his wealth, and his title. Now homeless and addicted to crack, Rocky needs to fight for something far more important than boxing glory--he needs to fight for his life.||44:04||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|14||Closed CaptioningVideoAshley||Ashley was raised by a mother who was addicted to methamphetamines and gambling. Ashley flourished when her aunt and uncle became her legal guardians, but she started using heroin when her beloved grandfather died. Now she bounces back and forth between her rigid aunt's house and her permissive mother's house, and she's developed serious asthma from smoking heroin. The family fears that Ashley will soon overdose and die.||43:45||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|15||Closed CaptioningVideoAmy P.||Amy and her family escaped the violence of apartheid-era South Africa and immigrated to Canada 22 years ago. But Amy suffered from anxiety and low self-esteem, and she became anorexic and, soon after, bulimic. Now she lives alone in the basement of her family's house and steals from family members to pay for her eating binges. Weighing only 92 pounds, Amy is on the brink of death.||44:06||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|16||Closed CaptioningVideoTyler||A gifted mechanic, Tyler, 26, worked in the family business with his brother, Zach, and his sister, Ashley. Their father built the business to provide his children with a wonderful life. But the family's dreams turned to tragedy when Tyler found both Zach and Ashley dead from drug overdoses. Unable to cope with his loss, Tyler now fills his days with drugs and alcohol.||44:05||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|17||Closed CaptioningVideoRichard||Now 53, Richard has kept a traumatic childhood event secret all his life. As early as age 11, he used alcohol to numb the emotional pain. As an adult, he was diagnosed with diabetes, and his health problems were exacerbated by his drug and alcohol abuse. He was able to keep his addictions in check while he and his wife, Sandy, raised two children. But when he was injured at work, Richard abused his prescriptions and eventually became addicted to crack cocaine.||43:46||$1.99||View in iTunes|
It's unbelievably sad how much sadness is out there in families faced with these challenges. I can't imagine loving someone and feeling so helpless to help them. I wonder where they find the strength to go on. Thank you for bringing such raw reality to the outside world, it's not a perfect world and we have to be exposed to it to understand peoples weaknesses.
This show is amazingly Honest and Accurate in the impact of addiction on Friends and Family......
This show highlights the addiction problems that are suffered by both Addicts and the friends/family who love and care for them. Addiction, and it's impact, is so misunderstood, and stigmatized, in the United States. The portrayal of what "addiction" is, and the impact it has on both the Addict, as well as the families and friends of the Addict is portrayed (painfully) accurately in this series. Addiction does not descriminate by age, ethnicity, financial status, upbringing, family status, etc.
Addiction is seen by many as a "moral" choice, or a sign of weakness of the part of the addict (AND, that is solely the problem and responsibility of the Addict to get "better".)
This program shows clearly the important role friends and family play in both the continuing addiction (relapses, enabling behaviors, etc.), and, the recovery process. An addict cannot get healthy until the people around him/her are healthy. Intervention shows the important role that friends and family play in motivating an addict to become sober, and supporting throughout a lifetime of "recovery"... The program clearly shows that it is not only the Addict that must go through a Recovery... Friends/Family must make an effort and be willing to make changes in the way they interact with the Addict (learning about "co-dependence" and "enabliing"), by reaching out and getting help for themselves through counseling and support groups such as AlAnon, Families Anonymous, etc... it shows that there is hope for the mental and physical health of both the addict and those that care for/about him.
This is difficult to put into words. and I hope it makes sense... After years of watching the program, I found my son is an addict, and has been in treatment for over two years. We have both had to go through an education and recovery process, which was not easy. I am happy to say that as of today, my son has been sober for 1 year and two months, achieved one day at a time. We have both made major changes in our behavior, and the way we interact with each other -- ALL key to both his AND my own "recovery."
i had never seen an episode of intervention. but someone mentioned to me i should see the episode titled "Robby" a former member of the R&B group city high. i was shocked to see how real the show is and also what an intervention actually is.
this show is gripping. i have recommended this show to everyone i know and we all feel the same about it.
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- Genre: Reality TV
- Released: Nov 30, 2009
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