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Interventions: useful tool in the battle against addiction
Interventions: useful tool in the battle against addiction

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AIR DATE: October 14, 2011

Many times families dealing with addiction have to turn to interventions.  Though there are many types the most famous is seen on television's A&E Intervention.  We're going to talk with two Las Vegas clinicians about interventions and their true effectiveness.  Plus, we ask if putting such stories on television is useful or just voyeristic.
 
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Candy Finnigan, one of the stars of A&E's Intervention
Dr. Mel Pohl, Las Vegas Recovery Center
Chris Gordon, Solutions Recovery, Inc.

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The success of this segment of the population depends mainly on the conditions posed within their social, economical, and familial structures. While I am fully supportive of the services provided by The Las Vegas Recovery Center, it seems to me that an addiction, as sensitive as it is, should be kept private, out of the eyes of the public. There are long lasting consequences of putting such material on television shows. Reality television shows, like A&Es Intervention, surely lead to unintended consequences. By this, I mean that they can have a stigmatizing effect at the individual level, leading to lost employment opportunities, relationships, etc.
Luis BeltranOct 13, 2011 13:14:52 PM
The success of this segment of the population depend the conditions posed within their social, economical, and familial structures. While I am fully supportive of programs provide these types of services, it seems to me that an addiction, as sensitive as it is, should be kept private, out of the eyes of the public. There are long lasting consequences of putting such material on television shows. Reality television shows, like A&Es Intervention, surely leads to unintended consequences. By this, I mean that they can have a stigmatizing effect on the individual, leading to lost employment opportunities, relationships, etc.
Luis BeltranOct 13, 2011 12:59:59 PM
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