Magazine article Addiction Professional

The Reality Is, This Show's Useful

Magazine article Addiction Professional

The Reality Is, This Show's Useful

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Robert Poznanovich didn't have high hopes when he heard that a series on interventions was to become the latest venture in reality TV.

Despite his assertion that "most interventions are boring," he figured television producers would be looking for the exceptions--the yelling matches that characterized most past attempts to portray intervention on TV.

"As an organization, we had a lot to lose by this should it have been done wrong," says Poznanovich, president of St. Paul, Minn.-based Addiction Intervention Resources. "But I don't know how it could have been done better."

Since its March 6 debut, the A & E Network's one-hour program "Intervention" has done its part to change professionals' opinion of how much of the treatment and recovery process the public should see. Each episode features a look at two individuals with addictions and the effect their behaviors have had on loved ones, who in the latter half of the show participate in an intervention.

Poznanovich says many counselors with whom he spoke before the first show aired assumed it would exploit subjects' suffering. His company declined an invitation from producers to participate as interventionists. …

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