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Douglas Caine
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Not as interesting as I expected
5 April 2011 | by (Anchorage, AK) – See all my reviews

As a big fan of Intervention, I was really excited to start watching this show. I thought it would be similar. Although it's OK, it's rather dull compared to Intervention. In the show, two "sober coaches" go to two addicts' homes to try and help them get sober. The addicts are habitual relapsers who have tried to stop (or say they've tried) again and again.

The sober coach, who is a recovering addict him/herself, first meets with the family, who is of course, at the end of their rope with (insert addict's name here). So this is the last hope the addict has to get sober (DRAMA!) The sober coach hangs around the addict for one week. They offer words of support and comfort to the addict, while trying to keep them sober. They suggest ways for the addict to fix the relationships they've ruined because of their substance use. They spend every moment with the addict and eventually get them to see the light and either go to treatment or dry out on their own. They save the day! Yahoo!

Unfortunately, this show has none of the drama of Intervention because the viewer rarely gets to see the actual use of the substances, the strung out people the addict was hanging out with, and the bad behaviors and deteriorating circumstances they endure because of their addictions. That stuff was the exciting part about Intervention. Instead, it is a touchy-feely show full of mini counseling sessions designed to elicit sympathy for all the addict's woes when the people who deserve sympathy the most are the family members. I'll probably give it one more episode, and if it doesn't get any more interesting, delete it from my DVR.


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