A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Addiction, codependence go hand in hand. Sobriety requires acceptance of personal responsibility.
Positive Role Models
Wandzilak is caring, no-nonsense. Some addicts are selfish, while families can enable them.
Violence & Scariness
Yelling, screaming, shoving, stealing, mostly addiction-induced.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Pseudo-romantic relationships a major theme; occasional strong innuendo.
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"Hell," "damn"; curses bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
People drink, smoke, shoot up, overdose; all shown in context.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Intervention: Codependent, an installment of the Intervention franchise, contains very honest and explicit scenes of drug and alcohol abuse, toxic (and on occasion violent) relationships, and no-nonsense interventions and other sessions designed to teach individual accountability and encourage treatment. There's bleeped profanity and occasional strong innuendo, too. It's all offered within the context of showing the ugly realities of addiction and codependence, and it can help set the stage for important discussions, but it's not intended for young kids.
Is It Any Good?
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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