Aw, man, Intervention is ending. A&E announced today that the five episodes that will air starting in June will be the show’s last. According to the network, of the 243 people who’ve had interventions on the show, 156 are currently sober — a pretty impressive record, thanks in part to the show’s strategy of matching addicts with specific rehab facilities. All shows end eventually, and Intervention had a hell of a run: What could have been an exploitative mess was instead a riveting, intimate drama that helped shape the contemporary understandings of addiction crises and recovery. Intervention, in the words of Jeff VanVonderen, there are people here who love you like crazy and feel like they are losing you.
Candy Finnigan, one of the show’s interventionists. Photo: A&E