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Intervention: Codependent

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Strong, no-nonsense doc about addiction, enabling.

TV Lifetime , A&E Reality TV 2016
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The voyeuristic-but-straightforward, unsentimental series demonstrates how codependent relationships play a major role in people's addictions. It highlights how addicts build relationships with other addicts and rely on them to help reinforce each others' substance abuse. Furthermore, it shows how families, especially parents, are enabling their behavior by giving them money, paying for their shelter, and even doing their jobs, rather than holding them accountable for their own actions.

It's mostly focused on middle-class families and uses this to underscore how a person's substance abuse is often fueled by a sense of privilege and entitlement that is consistently reinforced by those around him or her. It also shows the tough choices people must make about who they spend their time with to focus on their sobriety. Overall, each family's story is an honest portrayal of -- and a cautionary tale about -- just how ugly addiction is, as well as the role that loved ones play in its cycle.

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