The A&E channel’s Intervention show aims to be one depicting the challenges of having an addiction, both for the person with the addiction and…

The A&E channel’s Intervention show aims to be one depicting the challenges of having an addiction, both for the person with the addiction and their family and friends. Towards the end of each episode, the family and friends of the addicted person attempt to stage an intervention which they hope will cause the addict to realize that they need rehabilitation. This show has apparently gained quite a following among some viewers. Though I feel as if this show does raise some awareness among people who watch the show regularly or even just once about what it’s like to deal with an addiction, there are some viewers out there who get some sick pleasure out of watching the show. “Yeah, I’m so glad my life doesn’t suck as much as that person,” is the comment I often hear from some. Some viewers seem to forget that this show does feature actual people, that is they’re not just seeing a scripted drama full of melodrama and surgeons who obsess about their relationships. Of course it is an edited show, but that doesn’t mean that the problems the addicts on this show face aren’t real. (But then, this is a show from a channel that bills itself as “Arts and Entertainment”…) What do you think? Do shows like Intervention educate people about problems such as addiction or do they just provide a form of twisted “entertainment”? – Allyson

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