10 Worst 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 - S5E8

#10 - Lana (Season 5 - Episode 8)

Lana grew up in a family of 11 children, and her older sister introduced her to drinking at the age of seven. Despite this precarious start, Lana excelled in sports and was active in the church. But at 18, Lana began to enter into dangerous relationships with men and started abusing drugs and alcohol. She was in two near-fatal car accidents. And now, too make things even worse, she is in a relationship plagued by physical violence.

The episode was rated 6.55 from 11 votes.

Intervention - S13E8

#9 - Aimee (Season 13 - Episode 8)


Born addicted to opiates, Aimee, 25, is caught in the same cycle of addiction that took her mother’s life when Aimee was a little girl. Suffering through a childhood of neglect and a string of abusive boyfriends, Aimee’s feelings of worthlessness have led her to a serious fentanyl addiction and a life on the street soliciting men to pay for her habit. Her father, who lives in fear that he will have to bury his daughter as he did her mother, makes one final desperate bid to save her life.

The episode was rated 6.50 from 16 votes.

Intervention - S8E1

#8 - Donna and Josh (Season 8 - Episode 1)

Every day, Donna, 47, and her son, Josh, 20, cause a storm of drinking, fighting, and chaos in the overcrowded home they share with Donna's sister, mother, and a stable-full of dogs and cats. Raised by alcoholic parents, Donna was exposed to violence and abuse at an early age, and later drank so heavily that she lost custody of her two children. Josh, now an adult, has moved back in with Donna, and they have become drinking buddies. Both mother and son need help desperately to save themselves and to stop the cycle of alcoholism from being passed down to another generation of their family.

The episode was rated 6.45 from 11 votes.

Intervention - S14E7

#7 - Mindie / Katherine (Season 14 - Episode 7)


Worried family members attempt to prevent a meth addict from suffering the same fate as her late sister-in-law; another meth addict loses her home and custody of her children.

The episode was rated 6.44 from 18 votes.

Intervention - S13E4

#6 - Gina & Kaila (Season 13 - Episode 4)

Gina has spent her life living in the shadow of her domineering Korean mother, and it was not until she started using heroin that she was able to escape the most painful of her memories, being blamed by her mother for having been raped. Now, with absolutely no sense of self-worth, Gina will do anything to get her fix, even at the cost of losing her son. As a young girl, Kaila, 19, was raised in an affluent, image-conscious community where she felt teased for being overweight, and overlooked by her parents. Now, at a mere 80 pounds and eating only a few hundred calories a day, Kaila is literally starving herself to death to have what she's always wanted--to be the center of her family's attention.

The episode was rated 6.35 from 17 votes.

Intervention - S8E3

#5 - Miriam (Season 8 - Episode 3)


A charismatic reverend at a wedding chapel, Miriam, 38, is adored by her clients, but suffers inner torment. Sexually abused as a child by someone she trusted, Miriam turned to drugs at a young age, and now she's addicted to P.C.P. Her family has practically given up on her, and she risks losing her daughter's love. Can Miriam's desperate family convince her to get on the plane to treatment?

The episode was rated 6.27 from 11 votes.

Intervention - S13E10

#4 - Candace (Season 13 - Episode 10)

Candace is a 23-year-old mother who is addicted to cocaine and opiates. Raised in Northern Ontario by a single mother also struggling with addiction, Candace grew up immersed in the drug culture. When she was 14, her father, whom she adored, died suddenly just as she was preparing to move in with him. The devastating loss triggered an extended binge of substance abuse, which included using opiates with her mother while still in her teens. As her grandparents care for her young daughter, Candace continues to spin out of control on a combination of cocaine and morphine in the company of the drug-addicted father of her child. Candace’s addiction has destroyed her ability to be a mother. Her family believes an intervention is the only way to get her back and secure a future for her young daughter. Interventionist: Andrew Galloway

The episode was rated 6.10 from 10 votes.

Intervention - S13E17

#3 - Ziggi (Season 13 - Episode 17)


The son of an alcoholic father and a mother who suffered from depression, Ziggi grew up ‘odd’ and was alienated in the schoolyard. His sensitive, artistic temperament drew the love of a beautiful woman and they had two children together. But that same tortured soul also led him to a severe addiction to crystal meth and GHB. Unable to give it up, Ziggi has lost the girl and is living couch to couch. Without an intervention, his children will be lost to him forever.

The episode was rated 6.09 from 11 votes.

Intervention - S2E4

#2 - Heidi & Michelle (Season 2 - Episode 4)

Heidi is not your typical addict. Instead of drugs or alcohol, Heidi has an obsession with plastic surgery and is a compulsive shopper. Heidi's difficult past continues to haunt her through the intervention process. Michelle has also had a difficult past with the death of a parent and sexual abuse. Michelle is currently coping with the use of methamphetamines. This dangerous drug has her family worried that every new day might be Michelle's last.

The episode was rated 6.09 from 11 votes.

Intervention - S11E7

#1 - Zeinah (Season 11 - Episode 7)


Once a successful, outstanding student, Zeinah turned to drugs to deal with the drama-filled divorce between her Christian mother and Muslim father. After her husband overdosed, her drug use increased, and she lost custody of her daughter. Can Zeinah's family forget their grudges and religious differences to come together and save her from her prescription pill death spiral?

The episode was rated 6.00 from 12 votes.

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