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TV Interventions: Eye-Opening Truth or Blinding Exploitation?

Celebrity DJ Adam Goldstein (aka DJ AM) has teamed up with MTV to launch a new show tentatively titled Gone Too Far. The reality show will capture tough-love interventions for young people addicted to drugs.

You might be wondering what DJing has to do with kicking addictions. He may spin songs for party animals, but DJ AM is not one himself. He admits to a tumultuous upbringing and a struggle with hard drugs. After getting serious about recovery, with the help of friends, he has been sober for over a decade now.

DJ AM's new show sounds like A&E's Intervention, one of my favorites. While it's often hard to watch, I'm fascinated by the damage caused by addiction, and more importantly the subject's ability to confront it. I appreciate that the show almost always tells a full story — we see an addict before, during, and after the intervention.

How do you feel about these types of shows?


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rivrchild rivrchild 8 years
Aimeebe, when I watch Intervention I do not see these people's situations, their addiction, etc. being glamorized in any way as you say. It almost makes me wonder if we are really talking about the same show. They always do an "update" on the addict's progress in rehab, and half of the time he/she does not make it all the way through. So I have to disagree with your view that cleaning up is glamorized or made to seem easy. Far from it. I feel that I've learned a lot about addiction from A&E's Intervention, and it's very interesting from a psychological p.o.v. But I would not watch this new show on MTV because I don't trust MTV to create quality programming. MTV is bs in my opinion and I wouldn't trust that any "reality" show of their's isn't staged in some way. Lastly, as some others have pointed out, the people on Intervention have given consent to be filmed, they are usually told that they are being filmed for a documentary about addiction or some other subject. So I do not see it as exploitation. For some of these families, they feel it is their last chance to get their loved one help.
cherryblossom cherryblossom 8 years
aimeeb, its completely different if its YOU who has the problem and are watching intervention. But i guess you just have to have a lot of human compassion to understand the being in other peoples shoes thing. I think its enlightening actually. To see that all people have the same demons even though these people feel alone, and if you had a problem yourself that they deal with eg. I have suffered with anorexia for five or six years now, im in recovery but obviously its always going to be there, but shows like intervention open your eyes and you can observe what is happening ot other people and it makes you more aware of the fact that something isnt right with you, and it slowly pushed me to accept that i had a problem. So while i dont think that mtv doing it is a good idea, i think that they will botch it and perhaps have unqualified people, i mean come on its a music video station at its core and its all about entertainment, but i dont think we should sit here and bash intervention or televised interventions all together because personally i believe them to be beneficial to a lot of people.
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
if MTV does it, its exploitation. I enjoy the A&E show (its 'realistic'.) tisgirl, most people wouldn't do it without the tv crew, hence MTVs involvement.. its probably all fake on MTV.... or any channel really... reality tv is not reality tv.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Basically, lilashleyxox, my problem with it is that you can help people without the TV crew. Otherwise, it's basically televised rubbernecking.
lilashleyxox lilashleyxox 8 years
the show is getting people to get treatment how is that disgusting. The people are agreeing to be taped, the family isn't exploiting them. In alot of the cases the family has tried many times to get them to go get help and its failed. So i dont see how so many people can have a negative view about a show thats actually helping people, unlike most reality shows out there now.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I find Intervention to be utterly disgusting. Is this what this society and country has come to? If you or someone you know battles an addiction of sorts or at all you would feel the same way. It's also glamorize 80% of the time and make it seem like people who have battled demons for years can just be "fixed" by being sent away. Pfffft get real America. I wish this show would go off the air.
PensaGrey PensaGrey 8 years
The only experience I have with drug use is watching people abuse them; ruining their lives (that's as close I wanted to ever get) so my answer always revolves around a serious minded medical treatment not one where an instigator like MTV is involved. To me it sounds like seeing a crack dealer to stop abusing alcohol.
MrsRachel MrsRachel 8 years
Addictions are terrible for all involved; and I can't help but see these kinds of shows as exploitative.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I'm not gonna watch it, nor would I watch Intervention. It strikes me as way icky and uncomfortable, and honestly, if someone did this to me, I would have to hold back from seriously injuring the guilty party. What happened to respecting someone's privacy? You can accomplish the same good without a camera crew.
kty kty 8 years
i'm not really sure how i feel about intervention shows,but i also understand how hard it is to get rid of an addiction,not only drug addiction but any addiction
bluestar bluestar 8 years
I find nothing more disgusting than Intervention...not even Tila Tequila's whoreishness.
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