Intervention

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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. Linda

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.

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: November 30, 2009
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2. Greg

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.

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: December 7, 2009
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3. Jennifer

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.

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: December 14, 2009
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4. Rob

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.

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: December 21, 2009
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5. Amy 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.

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: December 28, 2009
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6. Sarah

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?

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: January 4, 2010
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7. Jackie

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.

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: January 11, 2010
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8. Vinnie

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.

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: January 18, 2010
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9. Robby

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.

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: January 25, 2010
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10. Marquel

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.

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: February 8, 2010
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11. Kristine

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.

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: February 15, 2010
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12. Shane

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.

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: March 1, 2010
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13. Rocky

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.

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: April 5, 2010
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14. Ashley

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.

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: April 12, 2010
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15. Amy 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.

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: April 19, 2010
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16. Tyler

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.

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: May 3, 2010
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17. Richard

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.

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: May 10, 2010
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