Archive for December, 2008

The Recovery Revolution Will Be Televised

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For major television networks, airing a reality television shows means less money spent on scripts, actors, producers, writers, make-up artists, wardrobe and countless other factors that would otherwise go into creating a prime time sitcom. And ever since the success of the MTV series, The Real World, and later The Osbournes, networks have been clamoring to find the next group of over the top (usually alcohol induced) group of people to lock in a house filled with cameras.


But lately there’s been a new trend emerging in the world of reality television – “recovery television”. Sure, there are two ways of looking at these types of shows. They’re either blatant exploitations of vulnerable individuals for profit or they’re an educational tool meant to put spotlight addiction while maintaining an entertainment value. Whatever your thoughts on the subject, here are just some of the recovery television programs currently in syndication: 


Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew on VH-1

According to VH-1, “Celebrity Rehab is the first television series to chronicle the dramatic, unscripted real life experiences of a group of actual celebrities as they make the life changing decision to enter themselves into a drug, alcohol and addiction treatment program with the sincere desire to achieve true rehabilitation and recovery.”


Intervention on A&E

A & E describes Intervention as “A powerful and gripping series in which people confront their darkest demons and seek a route to redemption.” Unlike Celebrity Rehab, Intervention is done in a documentary fashion, focusing on one particular addict during each episode. Find out how you can set up your own intervention or just check out their schedule on


Addiction on HBO

Addiction is an HBO original series that brings together some of the top documentary filmmakers from the United States in order to create a series of “campaigns” featuring real life stories of addiction, expert insights and treatment options. Along with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), HBO has also set up a comprehensive website for those seek recovery at