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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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