Like anyone experienced with addiction and addiction issues, I have reservations about the television show Intervention, as I do with all reality tv. It's hard to know where helping stops and exploitation begins, and how effective the actual intervention process is, since we see only carefully edited clips of what actually happened.
At the same time, it's really hard to turn off an episode of Intervention once you hear the beginning sequence and, you can find yourself thinking, hey, I can stop anytime I want. In fact a recent video by Fred Armisen on Funny Or Die parodied this exact situation, calling for an Intervention Intervention.
Part of the draw is the dramatic arc. Another part of the draw, for me at least, is watching a family come together and decide that they really need to take a stand and taking that stand with what often seems like a lot of love. It's true that there is always at least one relative that is just a big jerk, and there's no specific recovery process for that so it often goes unaddressed and that on certain episodes it has seemed like the problem is the family less than the addiction. This only furthers my interest, since the whole thing seems pretty hit or miss despite what one would think was pretty intentional editing.
But I wonder sometimes if I don't like to see that tough old bird herself, Candy Finnegan. I love to watch her as she stands up to the addict/abusive boyfriend of the addict, or the family member who can't talk with love. I love how she some sentences you can't even figure out what she's saying because they're bleeping out the curse words. And I love that she isn't afraid to share her story, looking the addict straight in the eyes and saying “I am only alive by the grace of god and because I wanted to keep from losing my kids.”