Intervention Theme Song

The Intervention theme song—the one that is actually played at the end of the show, is entitled “Five Steps.” It is performed by an American rock band from Brooklyn, New York called The Davenports, and is from their debut album Speaking of The Davenports. “Five Steps” was composed by their front man, Scott Klass.

Intervention is a reality-based television series about the issues faced by addicts of many kinds. It has been on air on the cable television network, A&E since 2005.

Lyrics of Five Steps

Veins swell
You know me, Ellen, enough to tell
Five steps you’re over

Quick cut
Make your move deliberate
Five steps you’re over

No reprimand
Deliberate, demand
With your two feet at hand

Get back
This train’s a comin’ down the track
Five steps you’re over

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40 thoughts on “Intervention Theme Song

  1. anthony

    My wife and I noose ourselves from the ceiling fan while shooting heroin into our foreheads to that song………good song!!!

  2. andrea

    As a recovering alcoholic with over 3 years of sobriety-this song brings tears to my heart and makes my skin swell. It is bittersweet to me. I would gladly help anyone who is still suffering with substance abuse addiction.

  3. c

    To dayna. I am suffering too. I am sorry you are going through this. Remember that this is something you are going through. It does not define you as a person. I have gone through this since I was 15 years old and am now 40. I still have good looks and function well in society. I don’t know how I have hidden this from everyone who depends on me. For me, there could be no intervention bc noone has anything to hold over my head. It is the opposite. Without me my family could not make it. I am the rock that is ready to crumble. I am in treatment. I will pray for you dayna.

  4. Teena

    I’m sober 6 years, my sister sober 8 months… & our mother.. passed 14 years ago from the DISEASE of addiction. I always thought because I grew up seeing what addiction did to my mom that it could never happen to me… well I was wrong. 2 surgies & endless precsriptions for legit pain… turned into a habit after the physical pain was gone. The emotional & mental pain I had tried to forget all my life was still there. I wound up walking in my mother’s shoes (something she always said she wouldn’t wish on anyone, yet she just wanted us to understand why it was so hard to stay clean) I never got it. I always thought she loved the drugs more then her family… she didn’t. She had a disease.. so do I. I am fortunate to have embraced sobriety & recently took my sister (who is just 20 years old… I am 34) to rehab, where she too has embraced the process of recovery, she didn’t come home.. she went to a recovery house & now a sober living house & she is doing great god bless… last month, her best friend died of an overdose. Her words to her friend at the funeral… “I wish I could have shared this amzing gift with you”. Sobriety is a gift… yet a gift anyone can receive if they want it. The words to this song touch me so deep… I just wanted to write & share a bit for anyone out there who feels like they can never get help. You can. We always have the disease, it’s how we choose to treat it that matters. “BE the CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE FUTURE”. Let go, let GOD.

  5. brian

    I just wanted to know what the lyrics were. It’s hard to understand the dude in the song. Good song, tough. Nice guitar work – good melody in the vocals. I don’t really understand what the lyrics are supposed to mean, but it sounds good.

  6. Ron

    I hear so many people say: “I can’t understand why they would do this to themselves” Well thats just it, you can’t understand because your looking at a disease that is invisible, it is the groaning of the Human Heart. Get information and get educated, you will learn. And to those who learn to negotiate the disease of addiction thru lying, stealing, manipulating, staying ahead of the law, surviving the streets, dousing the pain, the greatess challenge remains. Confronting yourself and all of the horror that has brought you to this point, a step, unlike any other, the hardest one, facing yourself, understanding and admmiting: All of that is a part of me, but does not define me. Learn to Live.

  7. valerie

    I remember when the show “Intervention” first aired in 2005…it was like watching my life on tv…my husband was addicted to “crack”… i used to ask him to watch the show with me, praying that he could see what he was putting me through..In 2007 his family and I did do an “intervention”…we got him into treatment.. unfortunately he relapsed shortly after returning home and never recovered…he passed away june 2008 at the age of 55. I love this song…it’s bittersweet for me…. but i find it such a “hopefull” song…it makes me happy to see those that are working so hard to stay sober…and I continue to pray for the ones that are struggling…and their families…

  8. Snaps

    The lyrics here are very wrong. The song says ‘Fine Statue Over’. It’s a verbal subliminal construct once utilized by Hitler and now by the producers of Intervention. It subliminally urges the viewer to think about the show and continue to view it.

  9. cory a

    I love this song very much. I an addicted to opiates …when I try and break free from this vicious drug, and going through severe w/drawls, I watch Intervention, + this song speaks to me in a way that no other song does. I am also 40, look great, make alot of money, which of course supports this horrible habit….nobody would suspect that I am a user.
    Maybe this song will help me break free finally….
    I will pray for the others that have sought out the lyrics to this song. I don’t understand who Ellen is, but maybe we can turn this word into something that is meaningful to each of us personally. HUGS! -cory

  10. Jenny

    I was curious about the lyrics because I kept hearing “fine stature over” which, of course, makes no sense.

  11. Will Moerino

    You are in serious denial if you think no one knows about your use. We are the last to know. Don’t live the lie. Peace be with you. Bill

  12. Terry

    As a songwriter, this song moves me still after the many times of hearning it. There is an energy of healing that I feel when I listen to it. It touches my soul in the most deepest of ways. To all the lost souls out there in this amazing world, just know that there is a divine plan, and none of us will be left out. I wish you peace, I wish you Love!

  13. karen hale

    i don’t need a needle-just a short drive to the liquor store and my veins swell-heart pounds-tired of this

  14. R.R

    To all who read this, I was addicted to Heroin for 5 years now it’s been 7 years that I’ve been sober, all you need is God an Love from your Family . The intervention show is the best, I love the song (FIVE STEPS) everytime I watch an hear that song I cry. Just wanted to let people know if you wanna talk about your addiction post it up an if you want I’ll reply with an answer. All I ask is for people to RESPECT other people post . Thank You very much for taking the time to read mine. R.R

  15. Tigg88

    It is not Ellen, it is well but it’s pretty funny that some think that…lol. It is just the way he is singing it.

  16. Diane

    I think it says “you know me well enough to tell” I do not hear the name Ellen but really this is the one and only time I will ever admit that I am an addict, I quit alcohol and cocaine in 1999 and now here I sit addicted to opiates, thanks Doc! Such is life

  17. Ellen

    You know me Ellen enough to tell? I think the guy singing this song is on crack cause that makes no sense.

  18. Fenix

    This song always makes me emotional. I’m a recovering addict with almost six months clean, and this song just reminds me of the importance of my Steps and my Sponsor. It reminds me of the amazing things that I have in my life today because of the program of Narcotics Anonymous. The people around the tables at any NA meeting have given me the strength to stay clean and give me the courage to wake up every morning and face the world CLEAN AND SOBER. The life that I am working to get back has been made possible, in large part, because of Narcotics Anonymous, my Willingness, Honesty, and Openness. Everyday I have to remember: The person that I am today is the sum of many pieces, both the active addict and the recovering addict. I am human and I have flaws. My job in this world is to accept and learn from my flaws, and help other people navigate their flaws by sharing my experience, strength, and hope.

    To the addict still suffering, never give up hope. The only thing that you have that can save you is your hope, no one can take that away from you other than yourself. There are other ways of living. Here are two great resources for an addict to find help.

    Local NA Help and Phone Line Search: http://na.org/?ID=phoneline
    Just choose your country and then choose how you are going to search (by Area Code or State/Province). Call the numbers and tell them what is going on. Someone will help.

    The Online NA Meeting Locator: http://portaltools.na.org/portaltools/MeetingLoc/
    Fill out the form and find the meeting that is closest to you or that is your preference. Go to the meeting, listen to the stories, and then talk to someone after the meeting. The men and women around the tables are more than willing to help you.

    It is only by giving what we have found in NA, that we stay may keep what we have found.

    Never give up, there is an end to the suffering that is active addiction.

  19. Fenix

    **EDIT/CORRECTION**
    It is only by giving away what we have found in Narcotics Anonymous, that we may keep what we have found. Only when we help others, does the program take full effect.

  20. steve

    I hurt. Badly. for some time now I have bene contemplating suicide and now my wife of 24 years has left me. Kids are gone. Wife is gone. I am alone. No family. No support. I am not strong enough to go on without her and the kids. I provided everything except i guess what she needed most.

  21. Mark Smith

    Hang in there Steve, 13 years ago I almost lost everything to this disease and once I finally asked God for some help he begin to slowly turn my life around and give me the strength to go on. My wife and kids and many many blessings came back to me and today my life could not be better. It’s a far cry from that lonely night in the hotel room where I overdosed the paramedics had to bring me back to life in front of my wife and mother!
    Go to the house of AA or NA Steve raise your hand ask for help when you’re home quietly ask God for help and things will get better I promise:)

  22. anon

    Firstly you cannot understand all the lyrics of this extremely depressing song…considering the fact that this programme is about addiction,striving to overcome it, and living in a sober world….a more upbeat melody/lyrics would be more appropriate. This sad song would make me want to use or drink as it is so DARK!!!
    Actually the show ‘Intervention” needs an intervention……………….

  23. Kelly

    STEVE, I am very concerned. If there is any chance you see this…please update. I pray you sought help and support. NOTHING is ever as hopeless as it at times feels. PLEASE POWER THROUGH!

  24. Madison

    Hey i love this song.it reminds me of the times i miss..its a drug song. im 14 my moms uses herion.. For four yeahs now she stared of on pills oxycotton and vicodon xnanx all those super crazy horrible pills.she it all started when my grandpa died witch is her dad its horrible for me shes in jail right now because of herion..i dont do or plan to do it if watched what its done to my mom i dont even use it and i understand how hard it is. i feel so bad for my mom.its hard for me to go on like this my life just feels so fucked up because of all this im righting this cause i have no one to talk to..so anyway about song it reminds me of my old mom in a weird way i miss the way thing used to be like going to starbucks in the moring with her lol you know i just want things to go back to normal

  25. I know

    It’s about someone telling himself how to break up with a person he loves, a person closer to him and that he depends on more than anyone else in the world, someone he never believed he would ever be able to live without.

    He can do it if he can just get through the five steps of grief, then he’s over. He’s summoning the courage to do it, even though that person knows him so well and he has tried so often before to break up. He tells himself to make a quick cut, to make a deliberate break, not to reprimand himself, that he can walk away with his two feet, and that once he’s through his life will be like a train back on the track.

    The person he is trying to break up with is a metaphor for an addiction, such as a heroin addiction. Does he succeed? He doesn’t say.

  26. Kimberly

    To Steve, I lived in the bottle for far too many years. 2 failed inpatient rehabs, 3 detoxes. I lost everything. My marriage, family, career, car you name it. I was so physically I’ll the only thing I had left to lose was my life and that was a near reality. When I walked out of the 3rd detox something in my mind just clicked and I have never gone back to that very dark place. I have been sober since that day, 3 years now. Give your family time. The pain we cause as addicts cannot disappear in a moment. The the first day of your life, your sober life absolutely can happen in a moment. Work on you first, the rest will come. Every day I wake up looking forward to the wonders of the world through sober eyes. The task of quitting sounds daunting, don’t give up. Find something bigger than yourself to believe in. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. When you reach out you will be amazed at the response. We all have Angels ready to help, they are all around you. Ask on the silence of your heart, speak to them out loud. They are just waiting for you to ask. It took some time to repair the relationships I damaged with my addiction, but I have my family back and for that I thank God everyday. You can do this, I have faith on you my friend. God speed.

  27. Jason

    Sorry to anyone suffering from addiction. But I just have to say you don’t really deserve any applause just because you beat it or are fighting it. You shouldn’t have gotten yourself into it to begin with. I never abused drugs in my entire life and my life hasn’t been a bed of roses nor was I born with a silver spoon in my mouth. Where is my applause? Don’t do stupid things and you won’t end up in a situation like this. I hope anyone suffering with addiction gets the help they need but just remember that you are where you are because of your poor choices in life. Good luck.

  28. Jen

    Jason, you should educate yourself before you judge others so quickly. There are people just like yourself who never did drugs until a doctor legitimately prescribed pain killers. I was given Vicodin for pain over 20 years. I had a chronic pain problem and when ibuprofen wasn’t helping I was given a prescription for Vicodin with 5 refills and told nothing about the potential for addiction. I was also suffering from anxiety and depression, seeing both a therapist and a psychiatrist, and taking the prescribed dose of an antidepressant. I was working full time and going to school at night for a Masters Degree. It wasn’t a conscious decision to start taking Vicodin when the depression was so bad I didn’t really care if I lived. I was extremely lucky to have the finances to go to an excellent facility where the reason for the depression was discovered. I no longer suffer from it and no longer self medicate away the psycholigical pain that many people have given up and killed themselves to escape it. I don’t think I’m any different than someone who uses heroin or alcohol or any other drug. I havd nothing but empathy and compassion for anyone suffering from addiction of any kind. No one would choose to lie, steal, prostitue, lose everything they ever cared about if they had a choice. I hope that other people who have never had addiction affect their lives personally or through someone they care about watch this show with an open heart and compassion unlike Jason. I don’t know if I would have made it through 5 years without something to numb how painful living had become before I asked for help. It’s sad that someone can watch the extremes people go to for something thatis killing them and not see how much strength they must have just to keep living.

  29. Traci

    Jason– You probably won’t see this but I will feel better for having written it. Addiction is hereditary and it is a DISEASE. I became addicted to pain medications after having 11 surgeries over 6 years and losing a child, my father, and all four grandparents in the matter of 18 months. I was a wife, mother, school teacher, and obtained my Master’s degree, and you would’ve never known I was an addict. For you to say this is all about choices only shows your ignorance and lack of compassion. I was hyper aware of addiction growing up in a family with several drinkers, and I have never been drunk. What I didn’t know was that the addict in me doesn’t care that I didn’t drink. It still found me. I have now been sober for 7 years, and am so thankful to live the life I have now. But when I was in the middle of my addiction, like many people, I was just surviving. Do you really think if it was just about a choice that people wouldn’t choose to be sober? Getting into recovery was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Rather than judging others for something you know nothing about, educate yourself and show some compassion. It doesn’t make you any better of a person by coming here and spouting off, and if the wrong person reads your comment at the worst time in their life, they may make a decision that you would not like to have on your conscience. Nobody feels worse than an addict, about their life and the people they are hurting, so there’s no point spewing what you’re spewing. I hope at your saddest, darkest times in your life that you find people who are compassionate and supportive rather than judgmental.

  30. Mary J Cook

    So well said, Traci. Only an addict can possible know anything about it, And really, it does not start out a “choice”. An addict is programmed for it long before it takes over your life. I thought I was having a good time in high school, thinking everyone drank. But, no one drank to the excess I did. I was an alcoholic that early, not knowing it. But I have to say, yes it is a choice to either continue or seek treatment. It was 25 years before I chose tx, and it’s been 20 years since then. Praise God for my family who never gave up on me.

  31. AnneMarie

    I too, love this song, even though until now I didn’t understand the lyrics.

    For those of you who are struggling with addictions, there is still time to get help and to make a life for yourself. Keep asking for help, keep trying and reaching for that better life and know that if you want it badly enough, and you can kick whatever it is that you’re on.

    Life without the complications and sadness of addiction is so much worth it. You WILL someday see that, and know that you’ve been blessed with a second chance at life.

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