Exclusive: 'Intervention' spinoff coming to A&E

A&E is spinning off its critically acclaimed documentary series Intervention.

Coming this spring, A&E will air Relapse, a new show following “sober coaches” as they do whatever it takes to help high-risk addicts who’ve already been through treatment stay on the wagon.

The network has ordered five episodes from GRB Entertainment, the Emmy-winning producers behind the original addictive (ahem) series.

Sober coaches are ex-addicts who give one-on-one attention to people who have repeatedly failed to remain sober (more than 50 percent of addicts who get sober relapse, according to A&E). Each Relapse follows two coaches over the course of one week, helping clients as they go through withdraw symptoms and face other challenges. The clients are all addicts who have not previously appeared on Intervention.

Intervention launched in 2005 and has since not only become a success for the network and inspired many viewers to get sober, but also spawned a whole new cable genre of addition/recovery shows.

(Which reminds me, don’t forget to watch the rat-stuffed season finale of Hoarders, clip here).

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  • K

    This sounds very interesting. Hopefully the show will help educate the public about how common relapse is, how many times an addict usually needs to relapse before finding a lasting sobriety, and how an addict can grow a stronger sobriety from their relapses.


    I’m pretty sure Intervention is more than 3 years old.

    • Kar

      Intervention launched in 2005…


    Thank you for fixing it.

    • mkeller

      Hopefully they’ll have some people that know what they’re doing.

      • mkeller

        Sorry. That wasn’t supposed to be a reply. Just a comment.

  • Em

    Oh my gosh, this is real? Sounds like a joke. How sad.

  • Jon

    These shows always skate the line of exploitation — and usually end up there.




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