In­ter­ven­tion

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Thurs­day, 8.30pm, Bio A tough as nails se­ries about stag­ing in­ter­ven­tions in a des­per­ate, last-ditch ef­fort to save the lives of peo­ple se­verely ad­dicted to drugs, or in some cases with com­pul­sive dis­or­ders. It’s not pretty. Tonight you’ll meet Tif­fany, a for­mer beauty con­tes­tant now on the road to ruin. ‘‘ She used to be such a beau­ti­ful per­son, now she looks like the walk­ing dead,’’ sis­ter Me­gan says. Tif­fany is into what’s known as poly­sub­stance abuse, though her main ad­dic­tion is metham­phetamine. This means she in­gests a va­ri­ety of drugs in­clud­ing ben­zo­di­azepines and GHB (an anaes­thetic known on the street as ‘‘ fan­tasy’’) at the same time. Tif­fany has agreed to be in a doc­u­men­tary about ad­dic­tion but doesn’t know she will soon face a clas­sic in­ter­ven­tion staged by con­cerned fam­ily and friends, or­ches­trated by one of five spe­cial­ists in the field. She is fu­ri­ous and feels be­trayed. ‘‘ All of you lied to me,’’ she yells. But be­fore we get to the in­ter­ven­tion, via in­ter­views to cam­era, many of them tear­ful, the pro­gram of­fers in­sight into the pain and dis­tress suf­fered by those close to a per­son whose ad­dic­tion is out of con­trol. The in­ter­ven­tion, when it comes, is emo­tional but calmer than you may ex­pect, a tes­ta­ment to a fam­ily’s un­con­di­tional love.

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