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Intervention 17 Seasons 2008

Season 4
(58) IMDb 8.0/10
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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.

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1. Emily

Emily, 26, grew up struggling to meet her parents' high expectations. Despite winning many academic and athletic honors, Emily suffered from depression and low self-esteem, and her shameful feelings intensified when she became a date-rape victim in college. She dieted in hopes of regaining control of her emotions and life, but now she weighs less than 90 pounds.

TV-14 CC Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: April 25, 2008
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2. Follow-Up: Ryan and Hubert

In this follow-up episode, we look at how two people have fared since their interventions. Ryan, an OxyContin addict, was in and out of treatment for months before dropping out entirely and hitting bottom. Now he's back in rehab, but he's having trouble following the rules and he'll go to jail if he's kicked out.

TV-14 CC Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: April 25, 2008
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3. Brooke

Brooke, 26, was a beautiful teenager with a magnetic personality. An elite gymnast on the cheerleading squad, she looked forward to a successful and athletic life. But tragedy struck in her senior year when she was crippled by Still's disease, an early form of rheumatoid arthritis. Her doctors prescribed narcotics to ease her pain, but Brooke soon became addicted.

TV-14 CC Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: April 25, 2008
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4. Jason

Jason, 23, was born into a strict Southern Baptist family. His father, a preacher, and his unstable mother doled out excessive punishments. But when Jason's mother revealed she's a lesbian, Jason's father was banished from the church and had to take several jobs to feed his family. Left with no supervision, Jason turned to drugs and alcohol.

TV-14 CC Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: April 25, 2008
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5. Ben and Josh

Ben, 25, experienced a childhood filled with domestic violence, homelessness and isolation. He never got to fulfill the potential of his 170 I.Q. and found a new way to find comfort when he was in high school--a drug called DXM. Now, Ben spends his days shoplifting, panhandling, and even prostituting himself to finance his drug addiction.

TV-14 CC Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: April 25, 2008
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6. Tressa

Tressa, 32, attended college on a track and field scholarship and became one of the world's top female shot-putters, earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. But Tressa's dreams were shattered when a routine drug test revealed that she had been living a double life as an Olympic hopeful and an IV drug user.

TV-14 CC Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: April 25, 2008
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7. John T.

As a former clean-cut track star, John's life used to revolve around athletics. Now, after a leg injury ended his running career, John spends his time abusing his body with alcohol, marijuana, ecstasy and hallucinogenic drugs.

TV-14 CC Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: April 25, 2008
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8. Brad

The chaos and bloodshed that Brad witnessed as a young soldier in Iraq, including the death of a close friend, left him emotionally damaged. He now suffers post-traumatic stress disorder and uses alcohol and marijuana to quell the endless nightmares and flashbacks that haunt him. Brad's temper also flares and he's had several incidents of blackout drinking which have led to two car accidents.

TV-14 CC Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: April 25, 2008
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9. Lawrence

Having graduated high school with academic and athletic honors, Lawrence, 34, became a successful owner of a chain of tanning salons. But he was never able to dull the pain of emotional and physical abuse suffered in childhood. Alcohol took hold and Lawrence became a shell of his former self, often drinking a liter of vodka a day. A recent battle with cancer left him further weakened.

TV-14 CC Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: April 25, 2008
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10. Chad

Chad, 34, was once a pro-cyclist at the top of his game. After a difficult divorce by his parents and a troubled childhood that sent him to juvenile hall for nine months for felony arson, Chad needed direction. His father introduced him to cycling at age 15, and Chad had a natural gift. Chad went pro almost immediately and cycled on the same team as Lance Armstrong for the US Postal Service.

TV-14 CC Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: June 16, 2008
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11. Dan

Dan, 40, lives on a stunning Hawaiian Island. He is the proud father of a beautiful baby girl Ava, and has a loving, devoted wife Sarah. He is a sensitive, insightful man who writes poetry, loves music, and works on a whale watching boat.

TV-14 CC Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: June 23, 2008
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12. Sandra

She sits in her garage every day, popping painkillers, anti-depressants, anti-psychotics and sleeping pills. Sandra's pill use is so bad that her two sons, 17 and 11, have left the house. Her best friend, Julie, moved in with her, and although Julie suffers from multiple sclerosis, she takes care of all the housework. Julie and Sandra's husband, Dan, ration Sandra's pills so she doesn't overdose.

TV-14 CC Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: June 30, 2008
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13. Charles

A talented motocross rider, Charles, 23, is still dealing with terrible childhood memories. When he was seven , his father went to jail for molesting him and his younger brother, and his mother became an alcoholic. Today, he uses heroin and alcohol to blot out his memories, but he's pushed most of his family away.

TV-14 CC Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: July 7, 2008
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14. Marie

From the day she was born, Marie was dealt a difficult hand in life. The 49-year-old Sophia Loren look-alike was born into an Italian-mob family in Harlem, New York. When her parents' marriage dissolved, Marie grew up without a father, and she and her mother struggled with extreme poverty. An incredibly smart woman, Marie wanted to go to college.

TV-14 CC Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: July 14, 2008
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15. Tom

Growing up in a South Boston neighborhood run by the Irish mob, Tom got caught up in the gangster lifestyle. By his 20s, he was dealing drugs and running with the wiseguys while holding down his day job as a fireman at the Boston Fire Department. Throughout it all, Tom remained a dedicated and loving father to his four children.

TV-14 CC Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: July 21, 2008
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16. Asa

Born into a mixed-race family in a predominantly white town, Asa struggled with low self-esteem and body image growing up. Classmates teased him because of his size, ethnicity, and effeminate manner. Desperate to loss weight, Asa became bulimic. He came out as a gay man at 19 and started using hard drugs and drinking heavily.

TV-14 CC Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: July 28, 2008
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17. Derek

Thirty-five-year-old Derek was once a health-conscious championship bodybuilder and a successful property owner. He had a beautiful wife and his whole life in front of him. But when he turned 30, Derek felt he was "over the hill" and began to experience severe depression. He started drinking to cope with the pressures of marriage and the responsibilities of getting older.

TV-14 CC Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: August 4, 2008
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18. Allison

Allison was a beautiful, gifted pre-med student, well on her way to becoming a surgeon. But despite her academic success, the trauma of being molested as a child and her parents' brutal divorce still haunted her. Allison turned to drugs to cope with her unbearable feelings.

TV-14 CC Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: August 11, 2008
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