Does Anyone Watch Intervention?

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shotgunxsinner7
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Does Anyone Watch Intervention?

The first time I watched Intervention, it just happened to be about a bulimic man named Asa.
I was 17 at the time, and full-blown into bulimia. I was binging and purging up to 12 times. I felt absolutely lifeless and felt my only real satisfaction was getting food.

Watching that episode, I started crying after 5 minutes. I couldn't believe they showed EVERYTHING. The binge, the walk to the bathroom, the purge. I'd never seen anyone else beside my tear-glazed reflection in the mirror between purges do that,

After that episode, the next day I went up to my mom and took her offer on seeing the doctor to get help. That show really changed my perspective on bulimia, my family, and myself.

If you haven't checked out the show, I really recommend you watch it. Unless you feel seeing someone else b/p is triggering, please PLEASE stay away until you feel strong enough. But I think watching people's families reaction to the ED will be enough motivation for recovery because I'm sure our family and friends are worried sick about us.

bluestickienotes99
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I LOVED that episode

I remember bawling my eyes out while watching it the first time on youtube! Such reality.

"I'm halfway to happy now, and I always mistake it for progress."
-Bayside

laryssa
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YESS!! Seeing it like that,

YESS!! Seeing it like that, objectively, someone else doing it really influenced me as well. The episode I saw was about a really, pretty blonde girl although I forget her name.... Her situation with her family was so parallel to mine I got goosebumps.

-- Laryssa

beYOUtiful
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When I was actively b/ping, I

When I was actively b/ping, I would watch episodes of Intervention that featured those suffering from bulimia nervosa. A select few that stood out were Asa, Amber and Amy P. In each of their stories, I caught a glimpse of myself and the complexity of the disease: the alcoholism, the insatiable hunger, the isolation, the bizarre euphoria when b/ping.. It was chilling to watch. However, at the same time... Tuning in made me feel less alone, and a little hopeful when the individual surrendered and entered treatment. I started thinking: maybe there IS life after bulimia. I also recommend those that do not find these stories triggering to check them out. I am almost certain you can find them on YouTube. On another note, has anyone here faced a family intervention~ for bulimia or any other addiction?

jessica87
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I've seen a few episodes of

I've seen a few episodes of intervention on EDs.

It let me take a bit of an outsider's perspective. B/p, restricting, calorie counting, obsessive weighing.. it was all so routine and normal to me. But actually watching someone else do it.... I would be torn apart if I knew a friend or family member was doing what I do. So it's good to get some perspective.

Catherine Liberty
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Jessica I think you made a

Jessica I think you made a great point when you said it helps to give an outsiders perspective.

I know while I was trapped in hell with my bulimia I never really took the time to worry about mysely, or to take a step back and look at what my life had actually turned into.

However a few months before I started to recover it started to become obvious that one of my best friends, someone who I see as a younger sister was bulimic - and it tore me apart.

I would worry myself sick, I would watch her behaviours and think how un-natural and destructive they were - but there I was doing the exact same thing with no concern for my own life.

Sometimes seeing ourselves in others like that really can help us to take a step back and look at things for what they really are.

Catherine x

scarlet dahlia
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I can't seem to find any

I can't seem to find any videos on youtube for Intervention. I don't think my parents get A & E, and I sure am not going to ever even own a television or have access to it when I leave the house again. I think A&E took down the youtube videos. Anyone know where to access them?

It is the animate earth that speaks. Human speech is but a part of that vaster discourse. --David Abram, "Spell of the Sensuous"

Catherine Liberty
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Hi Olive Goddess, I'm pretty

Hi Olive Goddess, I'm pretty sure I used to watch the show via youtube - I think they would just split it up into a load of sections. Although that was years ago so maybe it's been removed now but worth a shot :)

beYOUtiful
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Olive Goddess~ you can access

Olive Goddess~ you can access full length episodes of Intervention at the A and E website. I am not sure which ones are featured, but if memory serves me right there are a few about eating disorders.

scarlet dahlia
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Yeah, all the youtube videos

Yeah, all the youtube videos have been removed. The only ones available on that site are just introductions, so I can't see what happens. And on the A&E website there are other videos, but none about bulimia specifically. :( Otherwise, A&E and other sites offer the episodes, but for a price.

It is the animate earth that speaks. Human speech is but a part of that vaster discourse. --David Abram, "Spell of the Sensuous"

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