Pros: This is a powerful reality show that can be used as a learning tool
Cons: Intense, graphic
Intervention – Episode 7 – Tina
***Please note: Episode 8 is actually Episode 7. The A&E Network chose to change Episode 1 to focus on one case instead of two.***
The A&E Network aired the First Season of Intervention in 2005. Each episode delves into the lives of one or two people who have some sort of addiction or destructive behavior. In most cases the subject is told that he/she is being filmed for a documentary about addiction; when, in fact, his/her family and friends have come together to arrange an intervention.
Tina, once a valedictorian and cheerleader, is married and a mother of a 3-year old son. She spends her days gambling away her house and car payments. In addition to Tina’s gambling addiction, she takes up to 20 Vicodin a day (an opiate painkiller). She needs $300 per month to have enough pills to avoid withdrawal symptoms; and her health is suffering. She had some problems during her childhood which may be partially responsible for her “acting out”; and she continually fights with her mother.
Pain medication is the fastest growing drug addiction in the United States. (National Institute of Health)
Tina’s husband, Harley, makes over $100,000 a year as a car salesman, yet they struggle to make their $564 mortgage payment each month. The previous year Tina spent $10,000 on Vicodin. Harley gives her household and spending money; and then Tina buys the cheapest items she can and uses the rest of the money to gamble and get high. Harley loves his wife very much and finds it difficult to say "no".
Bingo and scratch-off tickets at the Bingo hall are two of Tina’s favorite ways to gamble. At $1 apiece, she can spend $100 on tickets in a half-hour. In the two hours she was at the hall, she lost $300.
Tina gets prescriptions from several doctors.
Obtaining prescription drugs through “doctor shopping” has become a dangerous national trend. (Drug Enforcement Agency)
When Tina is in dire straits for money, she pawns her wedding ring. Harley has reclaimed it 15 times. She also goes to the racetrack to try and win money to pay the bills. She takes her son along and tells him, “It’s fun”. Tina could be spending quality time with her son; but instead she intensely watches the horses while her son wanders around.
Candy Finnigan is the Interventionist that meets with Tina’s family and friends. Dr. Vern Johnson is the person that developed the intervention process; and he is the person that trained Candy. She conducts lectures across the country and has written a book, “When Enough is Enough”, which is a comprehensive guide to the intervention process. Candy feels that the intervention process is “the most profound act of caring”.
Tina’s family and friends will be putting their thoughts down on paper to read to Tina during the intervention and are prepared to cut her out of their lives if she doesn’t go to rehab. Harley states that “This show may be the only thing left that can save our lives”.
“Intervention” provides the rehabilitation services free of charge to the addict if he/she will accept the help.
Intervention Episodes as an Awareness Tool
These episodes can be very educational and help raise awareness of addictive and other problem behaviors for parents, teachers and caregivers. They also can be a “scared straight” type of approach to either those with a problem, or our young people that are exposed to all kinds of temptations through their peers and other bad influences.
I do not recommend that any young person be exposed to any of these episodes without an adult watching it first and using his/her own best judgment as to whether or not it is suitable for that child’s age group.
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Episodes are available for $1.99 each downloaded from amazon.com or on DVD from A&E for $19.99-$24.99 for each episode (as of 5/26/12).
This series is rated TV-14.
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