"Intervention" on cable channels A&E and Lifetime, is one of the most powerful spectacles of human nature and wisdom that you will ever witness.
A substance abuse addict agrees to be in a documentary about the abuse. Secretly, their family is arranging with a professional to confront them in a no nonsense manner but with love, and offer free immediate residential treatment.
The addicts tell us about their lives, and they appear chaotic, ill and obviously out of their minds. Their lives are falling apart, and many are near death or severe disaster. Yet they are not aware of it. It is someone else's fault, or they can get a grip on it on their own.
There is a wide body of professional knowledge now on how to treat substance abuse. No one should attempt it on their own because it is way to0 complicated for amateurs. The family can often make the situation worse by "loving the addict to death" as they call it.
Thinking that they are going to a last interview, the addict walks into a circle of their closest family and friends and a professional interventionist.
In almost every case, every family member breaks down and weeps from despair, sorrow, worry and total exhaustion. The life of the addict literally hangs in the balance because it has gotten to the point that the abuse is about to take their life and destroy everything that they have. Yet at this point many addicts will still refuse help, and be angry and accusatory, still in the grips of a true illness.
Most are talked into treatment, often under threat of losing their current home and family if they do not go into treatment.
The show then reveals them after a couple months of treatment. They are visibly healthy, and have regained their sanity and insight into their situation.
At the end of the show it is revealed whether they have been able to keep their recovery after the residential treatment, or have slipped back onto the road to their death. It can go either way. Powerful, powerful stuff.
I see parallels to many problems of life. For example, no one wants to admit that they have a psychiatric problem, or that a family member has one. The person often is literally not aware that they are sick, and there is a downward spiral just as severe as that of a hopeless addict.
People who are in a bad relationship or have an abusive family, too, often refuse to see it. It is too painful.
But denial kills. Problems denied do not go away. They grow steadily worse.
But the agonizing truth shall set you free. -- People can find their way back to joy and complete triumph.