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DJ AM's "Gone Too Far" Premieres

October 13, 2009 3:33 PM ET

The premiere episode of Gone Too Far, an Intervention-like show hosted by the late Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein, aired last night on MTV. The first episode dealt with Goldstein trying to help Amy, a 23-year-old Philadelphia native who was being pushed to the edge by a heroin addiction. "There's one reason I'm doing this show: To help other people get sober," Goldstein said in the opening credits. Goldstein himself was a former addict who had been sober for over a decade until he relapsed and died of an accidental drug overdose on August 28th.

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Watching Gone Too Far is a harrowing experience, given both the footage of Amy injecting heroin and the fact that we're watching Goldstein trying to save drug users just months before he succumbed to his own addictions. As Goldstein revealed in the weeks before his death, he had to confront his past demons while filming Gone Too Far, and it was especially hard for him to hold a crack pipe for the first time in over a decade.

As Rolling Stone previously reported, it was unclear whether Gone Too Far would ever air after DJ AM's tragic death, but MTV and Goldstein's family agreed the series should be seen. "Adam was fully aware that if it were not for his own sobriety he never would have achieved the level of success and happiness he had found," the Goldstein family said in a statement. "Helping people in their recovery was a huge part of Adam's life. It is our hope through airing this show that people will get to see the side of Adam that we knew and loved, not just the celebrity DJ, but the honest and caring person who gave so much of himself to help others."

Related Stories:
DJ AM's "Gone Too Far" Addiction Series To Air October 12th on MTV
DJ AM's Death Ruled "Accidental" Drug Overdose: Report
DJ AM Found Dead in New York

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