If you think you’re family is bad, watch the TV show “Intervention.” It has to make you feel better about yourself and your family. Unless, of course, you have terrible parents, and because of them, you are a hopeless drug addict.
Tonight I watched an episode about “Meghan.” When the show opens, she is walking around in jail in a yellow jump suit. Her straggly hair is pulled back in a wild hairstyle and she looks pathetic.
Why is she in jail? It’s because this sweet looking 24-year old girl with manacles around her feet, and hands is a heroin addict.
The person who put her in jail is a family friend who she calls “Aunt” Jan. You can’t really blame “Aunt” Jan because Megan stole her jewelry worth $5,000.00. “Aunt”Jan, who is about as warm and cuddly as a Mac truck wants to teach Meghan a lesson.
Meghan’s been arrested 24 times in the last few years for stealing and drugs. You know she’s gotten on her friend’s and family’s “Most Wanted List.” Apparently, she’s not as innocent as she looks.
The judge decides to give her one more chance and suspends her sentence. (As long as she stays away from drugs.) It takes Meghan about 2 days to meet up with her drug dealer. She talks about how excited she is about her “fresh veins” because she’s been in jail for a while. She sounds like she’s auditioning for “The Twilight” series.
The most compelling part of “Intervention” is when they give each drug addict’s biography. We learn how Meghan went from a sweet little baby to a pathetic drug addict. Meghan’s mother was a good mom until Meghan was about 13. She got angry because her husband was working all the time, and made her raise 3 kids on her own. In order to get even with him, she left home, and she left her kids with her unfeeling creepy husband .
“Aunt” Jan stepped into help. (We don’t find out why or where she came from.) Meghan’s mom figured it was time for her to “get a life.”That’s bad enough, but what comes next is even worse.
Meghan’s mom finally finds the man of her dreams, and comes back to town. Meghan starts visiting her and her boyfriend. By this time, she’s 15. Her boyfriend gets very cozy with Megan. As a matter of fact, he rapes her, then has a sexual relationship with her for 4 or 5 months. Meghan’s mom finds out, decides it’s all Meghan’s fault, and skips town with her boyfriend. (What a mom!)
Megan decides to cope, the good old American way. She gets into drugs, and eventually becomes a heroin addict.
So what does Megan’s Dad do? Nothing. He doesn’t even talk about it with Meghan. (What a dad!)
Finally, we have “The Intervention” All these self-involved people apologize to Meghan for being so mean to her. They tell her they love her, and want her to get help. Of course, the Interventionist had to tell them to say this. They are about as loving as sticks of furniture. (Except for one of Meghan’s brothers who seems really concerned, and puts his arm around her while they are all “acting” human).
Meghan’s father blames his parents for his creepiness. He says “ they weren’t very emotional.” Meghan’s mother apologizes, but it doesn’t seem genuine. She still seems irritated at her daughter for ruining her love life.
Meghan agrees to go to treatment. What other choice does she really have? Jail or a Rehab Center? ( I doubt that her parent’s professing their love to her made much of an impression.)
Poor Meghan only lasts in treatment for 9 days, goes home, moves in with her charming mother, and gets in a methadone program. Now she is addicted to methadone instead of heroin. At least it’s legal. .
I would think this is all made up except I worked part-time in a drug and alcohol facility for several years. I know it’s real.
There really are misguided people out there who mess up their kids. Some people do get involved with the wrong crowd and it’s totally their fault. But I heard a lot of stories about unusual caregivers. I’m convinced bad parenting can result in drug and alcohol addiction.
If you’re immature and selfish, or are a drug or alcohol addict, do everyone a favor. Use birth control and don’t have kids.
Does this show exploit people or help them? If somehow it reaches out to others, it’s not a total loss. It might also show a person, who is fooling themselves about their addiction, how pathetic they look to others.
Has this show helped you or anyone you know?
What do you think? Do these shows have any value at all? Are they dragging down society instead of lifting it up?
- How a drug-testing mom talks to her kids about addiction (portraitsofaddiction.com)
- Risk Factors for Drug Addiction and Alcoholism (everydayhealth.com)