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6 Shows like Intervention: Addiction Concerns

Adam Pothitos itcherWe might hear about addiction every day from TV and other media but few people know what it’s like to deal with it on a personal level. TV shows like ‘Addicted’, ‘Relapse’, and ‘Obsessed’ chronicle the lives of addicts, showing us that dealing with an addiction is much harder than it may seem. ~ Adam Pothitos

Getting Help

The efficacy of shows like ‘Intervention’ is certainly up for debate. However, there’s one thing that no one can deny: the people portrayed in the show truly need help.

Though it’s easy to sit on our couches and criticize addicts for their bad decisions, the show helps us understand that anyone can fall into a downwards spiral, regardless of who they are.


Shows Similar to ‘Intervention’…

‘Addicted’ (TLC, 2010)

Each episode of this show follows an individual struggling with addiction. Interventionist Kristina Wandzilak helps the show’s participants through their struggle, using different techniques, depending on the situation.

The show does not deal with any particular addictions, although it’s mostly about drugs and alcohol. As each episode focuses on a single person, it attempts to detail their lives, the paths that led to their addictions, and the process of getting better.

It’s easy to connect with these people as most of them have simply made some bad choices that led them down an even worse path.

Similarity Match: 90%
Whereas the people in ‘Intervention’ are unaware of what’s happening, the participants of ‘Addicted’ willingly work with the interventionist in order to get their lives back on track.

‘Relapse’ (A&E, 2011)

This is a direct ‘Intervention’ spin-off that focuses on an entirely different treatment technique. Instead of trying to help addicts through interventions, ‘Relapse’ focuses on so-called sober coaches. These are people who were once addicts but now help others stay clean.

As the title suggests, the show also chronicles the hardship of staying clean as relapsing is extremely easy and very common. It also discusses the concept of sober coaches, especially with regards to people who have already tried traditional rehabilitation techniques without any result.

Similarity Match: 85%
‘Relapse’ introduces a concept that’s new for most people but both shows are about helping people deal with their addictions, even though they follow different formats.

‘Freaky Eaters’ (BBC Three, 2007-2009)

As the title so subtly suggests, this is a show about people who suffer from a variety of eating disorders. Each episode focuses on a different person, detailing their disorder and how it affects their lives. On top of that, a team of experts helps the person deal with their disorder, which often leads to them following a healthier diet.

Though the original series was produced on BBC, TLC created a U.S. version of the show that followed the exact same format with different people. While the show does detail a lot of eating disorders that most of us have never heard of before, it’s not always about the actual information.

‘Freaky Eaters’ tends to focus way too much on the unappealing parts of the condition instead of trying to inform people how to deal with it.

Similarity Match: 80%
Despite the fact that ‘Freaky Eaters’ only focuses on food addictions and has a less serious tone than ‘Intervention’, both shows detail people’s addictions and help them overcome them.

‘Obsessed’ (A&E, 2009-2010)

‘Obsessed’ is one of the only shows that has ever dealt with anxiety disorders. The series covers a lot of different disorders, from obsessive-compulsive disorder to social anxiety and lesser known phobias. The vast majority of episodes chronicle the lives of two separate people who deal with different disorders.

Though some parts of the show can be considered exploitative, like every other series in this list, there is a strong emphasis on giving a full picture of the disorders. Furthermore, each of the show’s subjects undergoes cognitive behavioral therapy, though it’s not always successful. Still, watching what these people have to go through can be very emotional.

Similarity Match: 75%
Both shows have an extremely similar format but, unlike ‘Intervention’, ‘Obsessed’ deals with mental disorders and not substance abuse issues.

‘Hoarders’ (A&E, 2009- )

This is a show that centers on people who suffer from compulsive hoarding disorder. Throughout its run, the series has been one of the most informative docudramas about this relatively unknown condition. However, like other shows in the list, opinions from the scientific community are divided. While some believe that ‘Hoarders’ is helpful, others believe it may do more harm than good.

Of course, that’s always the risk with any TV series similar to ‘Intervention’. When people try to get help on TV, things instantly get more complicated than before. With that said, many people wouldn’t even know about conditions like this one so getting the message out is very important.

Similarity Match: 70%
Both shows attempt to inform the viewers about a certain addiction or disorder while also helping the portrayed individuals get back on their feet.


If You Like ‘Intervention’, You Will Like…

Shows that focus on addictions, interventions, rehabilitations, and similar themes usually portray addictions and disorders that are quite well-known to the public. However, there is a considerable number of lesser known addictions and disorders that the general population doesn’t know about.

‘My Strange Addiction’ (TLC, 2010- )

Unlike similar shows, ‘My Strange Addiction’ doesn’t have a specific focus other than showcasing a number of seemingly strange behaviors.

The show covers pretty much everything, from people who are addicted to eating toilet paper to individuals who are obsessed with collecting certain objects or displaying a certain behavior.

‘My Strange Addiction’ has nothing to do with ‘Intervention’. However, anyone who enjoys learning about different types of obsessive behavior and disorders will most likely enjoy this show.


The Road to Recovery

While we could stay here all day and debate about the morality of the shows listed here, I think we can all agree that there’s more than one way to help a person.

Even if someone wishes to get better, recovering is the hardest part of the entire ordeal. Thankfully, a lot of these people are strong enough to not only survive but also to thrive, at least after they have dealt with their personal problems.

If you would like to discuss another TV series like ‘Intervention’, start by leaving a comment down below!

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