10 Best Episodes of Intervention

Intervention profiles people who are losing the battle with their addictions, and whose friends and families feel the only remaining option is to hold an intervention. Each documentary follows the lives of these addicts, taking an unflinching look at the impact of their addictions on their everyday lives, all the while the addicts are unaware that an intervention is being planned. Each airing ends with the friends, family and a professional interventionist urging the addict to get treatment. If the individual should choose treatment, the addict immediately enters a widely respected treatment facility.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 10, 2023.

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Intervention - S12E1

#15 - Nichole (Season 12 - Episode 1)

In the Season 13 premiere, Nichole, 25, has constant tremors due to a severe alcohol addiction as she struggles to overcome the pain of her sister's betrayal.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 12 votes.

Intervention - S22E5

#14 - Erika (Season 22 - Episode 5)


Born in Las Vegas, Erika overcame a heroin addiction due to childhood trauma, but now anxiety from the COVID-19 pandemic has caused her to relapse, placing her life--and her dream of being a loving mother to her young daughter--in jeopardy. Interventionist: Vance Johnson.

The episode was rated 7.93 from 14 votes.

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#13 - Amanda (Season 22 - Episode 3)

Devasted when she lost custody of her son, Amanda began drinking heavily and moved to Las Vegas for a fresh start. Once there she became seduced by the city's notorious party culture and started using methamphetamine.

The episode was rated 7.94 from 17 votes.

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#12 - The Heroin Hub: Chapter 4 (Season 20 - Episode 4)


After Bill's arrest, Interventionist Michael Gonzales strategizes with his family on ways to intervene once he's released from jail. Alana's mother suspects that Alana may have relapsed and kicks her out of her home. Janine is released from jail and must decide if she's ready to get clean. Bill's family intervenes on him outside the courthouse the moment he is released from jail.

The episode was rated 7.96 from 28 votes.

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#11 - Nicholette (Season 22 - Episode 15)

The youngest of three siblings, Nicholette was a bright, creative child. Growing up, she developed a very close relationship with her father, despite the fact that he was a binge drinker who would disappear for days at a time. Nicholette’s mother kept the family functioning, but when she was diagnosed with cancer, she separated from Nicholette’s father to beat her illness. Nicholette started dating, partying and dabbling with drugs. Now 27, Nicholette’s addiction is out of control, and her family fears that without a successful intervention they will lose her to drugs forever.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 15 votes.

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#10 - Courtney (Season 21 - Episode 5)


When she was a teenager, Courtney's moodiness turned to rebellion and she began to experiment with drugs; now, she no longer cares about her health or safety.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 15 votes.

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#9 - The Heroin Hub: Chapter 2 (Season 20 - Episode 2)

Interventionist Donna Chavous must re-think Janine's intervention now that she's in jail. Interventionist Jim Reidy meets with Nicole's family and learns how she ended up on the streets. 38-year-old heroin addict Bill finances his addiction by selling clean needles to other addicts. The city of Philadelphia organizes a mass eviction in Kensington to remove addicts from the neighborhood.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 35 votes.

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#8 - Intervention In-Depth: Synthetic Marijuana (Season 15 - Episode 22)


The DEA has called it a “poison”, the NYPD police commissioner called it “weaponized”, and until a few years ago, it was available over the counter and was the second most abused drug among high school students after pot. What is this mystery drug that has parents, law enforcement and medical experts on high alert? The drug is Spice, also known as synthetic marijuana, K2, Moon Rocks and Black Mamba. We take an unflinching look at a drug that is wreaking havoc in communities across the country.

The episode was rated 8.06 from 16 votes.

Intervention - S22E4

#7 - Michael (Season 22 - Episode 4)

Michael moved to Las Vegas to work with the world-famous hip-hop dance troupe “Jabbawockeez,” but years of family betrayal caught up with him and after turning to meth, he’s lost everything.

The episode was rated 8.08 from 13 votes.

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#6 - Lexi (Season 22 - Episode 6)


After being seduced at a young age by the notorious party scene of Las Vegas, Lexi got clean and started a family of her own, only to lose it all to a dangerous meth and heroin addiction.

The episode was rated 8.13 from 15 votes.

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#5 - Tamela & Jerrie (Season 1 - Episode 3)

The family calls in interventionist Jeff VanVonderen to help Jerrie, 29, who is addicted to the painkiller Vicodin. She has been forging physician signatures on prescriptions and scouring the waterfront for drug dealers. Friends try to help Tamela, 24, a bright artist who was molested as a child and now cuts herself with razorblades. They call in interventionist Candy Finnigan in hopes that Tamela will recognize her great potential and go to treatment.

The episode was rated 8.14 from 21 votes.

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#4 - Catlin (Season 22 - Episode 16)


An adopted child whose parents divorced when she was a teenager, Catlin hid from her attachment wounds by overachieving in school and sports.

The episode was rated 8.15 from 13 votes.

Intervention - S22E1

#3 - Susan (Season 22 - Episode 1)

Susan grew up in a devoutly Mormon household. As an adult, she suffered a back injury and was prescribed OxyContin. Not only did the medication ease her back pain, it also numbed the memories of her turbulent family upbringing and a recent breakup. She became addicted, and when her doctor stopped prescribing them, she turned to heroin.

The episode was rated 8.20 from 15 votes.

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#2 - Pamela (Season 22 - Episode 13)


When Pamela's mother remarried, Pamela thought she'd finally regained the father figure she'd been missing for most of her life. But it was a short-lived dream as friction between Pamela and her stepfather forced her to leave the home in search of her long-lost father. Adding layers to Pamela's plight, while living with her biological father she was further traumatized by exposure to his drug addiction. Surrounded by drugs and with no responsible adult to guide her, Pamela quickly turned to a life of partying and drugs. It wasn't until Pamela had a son that she found purpose and sobriety. But because she had only a vague idea of what a stable family looked like, Pamela found motherhood a struggle and turned back to the one thing in her life that was consistent: alcohol and drugs. Now she's estranged from her child, and her family fear that without a successful intervention, Pamela's future is in serious doubt.

The episode was rated 8.31 from 16 votes.

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#1 - Kelsey (Season 22 - Episode 14)

Kelsey was a standout student, extremely talented at soccer and could charm her way through anything. Everything changed when she was sexually assaulted at her first high school party at the age of 14. She didn't tell anyone about the attack and instead began using alcohol to mask the pain. Drugs soon followed and Kelsey went all-in, using cocaine and alcohol daily. Today, the change in Kelsey is shocking. She is unrecognizable; gripped by psychosis, her kind, gentle soul has turned aggressive and destructive. Her family is terrified that, without an intervention, they may never get their little girl back.

The episode was rated 8.82 from 11 votes.

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