The Celebreality Interview – Dr. Drew

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You may know Dr. Drew Pinsky from radio and MTV’s Loveline, or from CNN’s Strictly Sex With Dr. Drew, or from his writing and research. Or you may know him just as that hot guy who knows, like, everything about everything. He’s bringing his expertise as an addictionologist to VH1 via Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, a new Celebreality show that debuts Thursday, Jan. 10 at 10/9c. The series chronicles the substance-abuse rehabilitation of eight celebrities (Brigitte Nielsen, Mary Carey, Jeff Conway, Chyna Doll, Jessica Sierra, Seth “Shifty” Binzer, Jaimee Foxworth and Daniel Baldwin). If you think this sounds like a trainwreck sliding your way…well, you may be surprised to find how quiet, reflective and sensitive the show actually is.

But don’t take our word for it. After the jump, Dr. Drew talks about the conception of the show, the treachery of treating famous people and why drug addicts are funny.

It seems like a show like Celebrity Rehab or whatever came before it (Intervention, for example) inherently walks a fine line: the intention is to show people the process of rehab, but it could also be taken as exploitation.

The basic note is that everyone understood what they were getting into. We’re all grownups. These people wanted and needed help and they very courageously were willing to do it in front of other people, if it would help other people. Our task was to finally end the nonsense that’s tossed about about chemical-dependency treatment or rehab, that it’s some kind of vacation. We want to show people what this really is so people can understand how it should go down if they’re not getting good treatment, and for people contemplating treatment, hopefully it will encourage them.

We’re living in a trainwreck culture. People turn on their TVs to delight in watching famous people fall apart. Were you ever concerned that people might laugh at Celebrity Rehab, especially on the first episode when many of the participants show up in altered states?

Drug addicts are funny. Out of the most poignant moments comes great comedy. We use comedy and laughter to deal with these intense experiences, and that goes for our staff and our patients. To make light of or to belittle these people’s experiences, that concerns me. However, to laugh at them comes from a deeply connected place. People are funny. People are funny even in the most intense circumstances.

In the pool of celebrities that you have amassed, do you think that fame is the root of their collective problem?

Absolutely not. I’ve done the only scientific research done on that topic, and we were able to show that people with pathology desire to be celebrity. People come to their celebrity status already with the pathology. I think you see that the issues that are very commonly underlying most celebrity personality structures on this show: the trauma, the addiction, the abandonment, the abuse. All of that is an exceedingly common history in people that strive to be celebrities.

This show is almost an anti-reality show, considering the basic template of reality shows (especially on VH1): in many cases, you get a group of people together, ply them with alcohol and see what insanity ensues. In this case, you’re getting a group of people together and taking away the booze.

This is not a reality show. This is showing reality.

What are your feelings on AA or faith-based recovery programs?

Without some sort of spiritual experience, people don’t get well. That’s just a fact. Whatever that means to the individual varies. They have to be willing to get out of their own heads, basically, and have faith that the world won’t spin out of control if they don’t control it. Narcissism is a key personality element and you have to get people out of that. They have to be able to transcend a bit, whatever that means to them.

As a doctor, when you’re treating people who are famous, is there any sort of unintentional bias that affects you?

Not me, but that’s the treachery of treating famous people. Doctors, like other people, love basking in the narcissistic glow of fame, and they feel very gratified when a famous person goes, “Oh, you’re the best doctor in the world!” They go, “This person thinks I’m the best doctor!” That’s how celebrities end up getting their drugs. That’s how they stay in their disease. I hope this show shows that we just treat everyone as a drug addict, not as a star.

How are you particularly able to avoid the aforementioned treachery? Is it just in your character to not be seduced by celebrity?

It just comes from treating addicts for years and years and years and learning from that. Early in my career, I had a couple experiences where I treated, particularly, one very famous movie star. I treated her specially, gave her a special room and stuff and it ended up being a catastrophe for the patient. I learned early that you don’t treat anyone as special. When you give an addict special consideration, you give them license to maintain their disease. So everyone’s just a human being with a common illness. Everyone gets the best possible intervention, and that’s that. And that’s how I’ve been doing it for the past 15 years. As I’ve maintained that philosophy, I’ve looked around to see what other people are doing and realized that special treatment is exactly why celebrities stay addicted.

Did your doctor-patient confidentially agreement impose hurdles on making a show like this?

It was bizarre! Everyday, I would tell the patients, “We’re putting on our space suits now. We’re gonna walk on the surface of a planet that no one’s ever been on.” This is all new. Everyone signed away their confidentiality but…it was just weird. A very, very strange circumstance. Once we navigated all that, we got used to it, but now there’s the question of what all of this attention is going to do to these people. Will it be a good thing? A bad thing? Who knows. So far, it’s been a good thing. Most people are staying sober.

To be honest, this whole show is weird to me, since my job basically revolves around reality television and I’m really well-versed in trainwreckism. I expected this show to be a mess all the way through, but…it’s not. It’s much quieter and profound than that. It’s shocking.

God bless VH1 for approaching it the way they did. (Laughing) I don’t think any other network could have tolerated it. They didn’t understand it going in. How do you explain to someone what this is? How do you say, “This is how treatment goes”? You can’t sum it up in a sentence. All I could say was, “A lot will happen. I can’t say what. Please don’t reality-show it.” Three days in, [VH1 exec] Jeff Olde came to me and said, “We get it. We see what’s going on here. If there’s anything we can do to support you, let us know. We’ll see you in three weeks.” I don’t think any other network or any other executive on the planet would have done that. That really allowed the show to be what it is. It really allowed us to keep these people safe and actually treat them.

My constant refrain for everyone who wants to go negative on this show is: watch the show first. It speaks for itself. Anyone who has been hired to be negative, we’ve shown them the shows and they’ve had a 180 degree turnaround. It is treatment. It is the human experience. It doesn’t pull any punches.

Meet some of the celebrities below and click here to see photos of the entire cast.

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Jessica Sierra (Former Idol)
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Mary Carey (Porn Star)
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Jeff Conaway (Actor)

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  1. Jilliane says:

    Dr. Drew, I’m in some serious need for help. I’m a SEVERE alcoholic for the past 20 years, and have used every drug know to mankind. Numerous times, I’ve ended up in the ER & overdosing on cocaine, pills,Heroine, alcohol, whatever…I went to Betty Ford & was doing fairly well until my mother killed herself with pills & alcohol on Christmas Day, as I had only 25 days @ Betty Ford. I went back out although I stayed for another month while trying to take care of long distance business without outside support, no one to trust. I have been a professional dancer since the age of 15 & I’ve had great success as a dancer in MANY areas of dancing, until I couldn’t control my cocaine & champagne/wine use any longer. Not even before going on stage. With all the premieres and events we had to attend, drugs & alcohol infested my surroundings as well as my body. Then I started doing film work & things just got worse to the point of no return. And I’m stubborn, free willed, and sometimes a very tough person to help. So I was wondering if you would have any opportunities in the future to Interview (Audition just seems weird to me). I liked what I saw on your show, and am willing to give it my best & be as discustingly honest as I possibly can, because without help, I’m a dead woman. Even with my (now) acting career. I’m just not getting it! So please could you let me know @Idanzgr8@aol.com. This could save my life. Really.. I AM killing myself. NO DOUBT.

  2. Jilliane says:

    Dr. Drew, I’m in some serious need for help. I’m a SEVERE alcoholic for the past 20 years, and have used every drug know to mankind. Numerous times, I’ve ended up in the ER & overdosing on cocaine, pills,Heroine, alcohol, whatever…I went to Betty Ford & was doing fairly well until my mother killed herself with pills & alcohol on Christmas Day, as I had only 25 days @ Betty Ford. I went back out although I stayed for another month while trying to take care of long distance business without outside support, no one to trust. I have been a professional dancer since the age of 15 & I’ve had great success as a dancer in MANY areas of dancing, until I couldn’t control my cocaine & champagne/wine use any longer. Not even before going on stage. With all the premieres and events we had to attend, drugs & alcohol infested my surroundings as well as my body. Then I started doing film work & things just got worse to the point of no return. And I’m stubborn, free willed, and sometimes a very tough person to help. So I was wondering if you would have any opportunities in the future to Interview (Audition just seems weird to me). I liked what I saw on your show, and am willing to give it my best & be as discustingly honest as I possibly can, because without help, I’m a dead woman. Even with my (now) acting career. I’m just not getting it! So please could you let me know @Idanzgr8@aol.com. This could save my life. Really. Thank-you for your time, Sincerely Jilliane

  3. maggie says:

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    Alcohol is created when grains, fruits, or vegetables are fermented. Fermentation is a process that uses yeast or bacteria to change the sugars in the food into alcohol.
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  4. jerry says:

    Give me a FU*#ing Break, Rodney King a celebrity??????? Are you that desperate for ratings????
    DO NOT give rodney king the time of day. He was an ass hole bofore the riots and he has shown his colros severalt imes since then. I cant believe that you would even consider giving him a spot on your show.

  5. Nanette Viehmann says:

    Dear Dr. Drew,
    I love your show. I hope it will educate the public about addiction and mental illness. Society still
    sees both as a weakness and not as a real illness. My daughter is 26 years old and suffers from
    addiction, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, OCD and eating disorder. She was diagnosed with
    bipolar disorder at the age of eight years old. Life with her has been difficult and at times almost
    impossible. We live in Missouri, and the resources are very limited. If you ever decide to help non-
    celebrities, please give us a call. We search for help everyday and are willing to except different
    therapies or approaches. Thank you for your show.
    Sincerely,
    Nanette Viehmann
    314-487-2510
    St. Louis, Mo.

  6. Ben C. says:

    I really hope that in the near future people begin to understand, including Dr. Drew, that alcohol is a drug. If less time was spent giving specific drugs recognition (e.g. “Sober” and Clean) then we could focus on the solution. What difference does it make what people use. Addicts, myself included, will use anything to not feel and get out of their heads. That applies to the junkie under the bridge, the old woman popping pills or the celebrity snorting lines and drinking in the club. Celebrities don’t have it harder, they just have it different. Non-celebs have the pull to get back to their jobs, not by their publicist or manager but instead by their families, employers and bill collectors. There is no such thing as the celebrity disease of addiction theres just the disease of addiction. It affects everyone the same, regardless of age, race, sexual identity, creed, religion, lack of religion, bank accounts, etc. The disease of addiction doesn’t discriminate.

  7. Donette says:

    Dr. Drew,

    You are an addictiononologist, so you must have some knowledge of opioid treatment, the most effective of which to date is methadone. Why not prescribe methadone to someone like Jeff, who obviously has altered opioid receptors and is at risk of continuous relapse, no matter how much he wants to stop? Faith based or twelve step oriented treatment works for some, but statistics show that opiate addicts are a little different, especially in early recovery. Medication !_^++&@+%_*++@@ isted treatment in combination with 12 step recovery appears to me to offer the best chance for these folks. Do you disagree?
    Thanks,
    Donette

  8. Rose says:

    Hi There,
    Slowly but surely I have picked up bad habbits. I am now 40 yrs old with a wonderful husband and a beautiful 4yr old. I have gone off and on drugs, alocohol etc. and I suffer from bulimia too. This sucks because no one knows and I am in this HELL I call my life and I do NOT know how to stop! When I was pregnant with our only child it was easy and I did’nt feel like doing anything bad but i was niserable and I did gain 100LBS. After she was born I breast fed for 2 1/2 yrs and I didnt care that I was chunky. Then I re connected with my old girlfriends whom Ihave known for 30 yrs. They are all very beautiful very rich and very addicted to drugs & alcohol. So, I (being the follower) that I am started doing a little meth each day(just enough) to help me not over eat and not throw up and give me the much needed energy! I lost all my weight and everything was great. Another addition is percocet, I have a shattered elbow, ankle etc that I get 60 perks a month, plus of there is the alcohol, you always need that to take the edge off or just because. I could go on & on but I feel as though I really am going to die soon!
    Everything is different, I had been caught by my husband & am no longer able to hang out with my girlfriends! I am so lonelyand miserable. Yep, I am still using by myself and worse! I snort more take more pills and chug tons of vodka and now I can not live without any of these things!
    If some one can give me advice or help me, tell me what to do, I mean I know what I need to do but I am out of control, I am at the end! I want to quit! I do not want any show etc. I just want to get free of this evil and start living!

    Kindest Regards
    Rose
    allets1@cox.net

  9. dr g says:

    why doesn’t dr drew use suboxone for detoxing opiates like almost all rehab facilities these days???

  10. randy mcmurphy says:

    i am happy gary busey is taking his meds. i take 1500 miligrams of extended release depakote and 30 miligrams of abilify. however, i have stopped all drug use, except for a hair of the dog, since i basically believe in facing your fears of addiction in a controlled way once or twice a year. i also am trying to form my own company which therefore, would mean my own chain of command. and i have written a partial movie script remake of Too Kill a MockingBird, which i purposely leave things open for interpretation, as if i got the people i want to portray the characters of, Too Kill a MockingBird, than i want the artistry of there acting ability to also not have to do everything by the book. then i am working on a partial script of the HalfBaked movie, called, ClamBaked, see, the problem with shrinks, and people who try to run a facility, is they only have book knowledge of addiction, or are hiding behind there own facade. its hard for a shrink to relate to a person, when see, the ones i have to see 4X a year to get my benefits, i dont see as real men or woman. if they were so educated, and practiced what they preached, they wouldnt be using a platform of an employer in order to get paid. and that is where the ENTREPENEURIAL spirit comes into play. see, sometimes you have to break PROTOCOL, and well, see, most people in medicine dont have the same beliefs as gary or myself. gary had a life changing event in his life, and until stinky pinky drew pinsky and some of his cohorts realise, that some of what gary will say is true. and if truth hurts than well, gary aint to blame. see, gary knows the bible forwards and backwards, and also knows about things like +(+^@%@!#@~#!$~ hing and offering 10 percent of what you make or can offer even a person can +(+^@%@!#@~#!$~ he there time for something. personally i believe it when gary busey says he is sober. sometimes the people who have never had to be treated for an addiction are the ones who never return to addiction and its easy by using the hair of the dog method. see, when you are in a setting like stinky pinky pinsky gets those people in, its going to be combative. and the beauty of being manic is this there aint nothing those people do,say,or think, that a manic person hasnt already thought of in some way. and basically, i like my depakote, however, i still need my controlled times of mania. just a little mania a day keeps me going. and well, part of what people dont realise is this, see, science states behavior as one way, what gary and i know is becoming one’s own master, and learning to be selfish, and to say NO. and people like us get combative at times, when we get put in situations like that, because personally, a health imagination is better than any drug. and i personally dont believe its wrong to learn from master j, how to become one’s own master, some people take up karate, or martial arts, or yoga, i took up writing out what i would love to do to judges who have put me to the screws. see, its funny gary is in a situation where he is like the lead clown in a troupe of sad and angered clowns, and well, his remedy is what he has read in the bible. and they will think he’s crazy i know he is not. see, if everyone gave 10 percent of there time or money to a good organization, it would create a fiscal balance. even when i try and start my own company which is to be an all female private golf and tennis club, i will work on a 10 percent of the mean average income of the applicants who apply for membership, and take the average and multiply it by 10 percent and maybe even 10 percent of the 10 percent. its called fair competition. with laws like homesteading, federally making it possible for people to move away from a region where things are barron for them, homesteading gave people not making it in one region an opportunity to make it in another region. basically, i am working on my life’s masterpieces, and even though i have no official bachelors degree, i would have hit this wall in my life anyway. if i find the needed financial backing for at least one of my ideas, i can fold, meaning, i can take what i earn from one project, and apply it to a new one, like an oragami expert taking one sheet of paper and turning it into an art piece. and thats one thing wrong with stinky pinky, too busy making a name for himself and needs to focus on the life he should live and not how others do it all the time. thats my problem with the system at times. and i can name a whole lot of people who had a great product idea and started from scratch, dave thomas,bill gates even though he had wealthy parents he didnt rely on them totally. larry flynt even has no real degree known of, but has a skyscraper, and lots of people who get tired of goliath corporate jobs who settle in finding the sweet flow of life in a small cottage industry.

  11. randy mcmurphy says:

    i am happy gary busey is taking his meds. i take 1500 miligrams of extended release depakote and 30 miligrams of abilify. however, i have stopped all drug use, except for a hair of the dog, since i basically believe in facing your fears of addiction in a controlled way once or twice a year. i also am trying to form my own company which therefore, would mean my own chain of command. and i have written a partial movie script remake of Too Kill a MockingBird, which i purposely leave things open for interpretation, as if i got the people i want to portray the characters of, Too Kill a MockingBird, than i want the artistry of there acting ability to also not have to do everything by the book. then i am working on a partial script of the HalfBaked movie, called, ClamBaked, see, the problem with shrinks, and people who try to run a facility, is they only have book knowledge of addiction, or are hiding behind there own facade. its hard for a shrink to relate to a person, when see, the ones i have to see 4X a year to get my benefits, i dont see as real men or woman. if they were so educated, and practiced what they preached, they wouldnt be using a platform of an employer in order to get paid. and that is where the ENTREPENEURIAL spirit comes into play. see, sometimes you have to break PROTOCOL, and well, see, most people in medicine dont have the same beliefs as gary or myself. gary had a life changing event in his life, and until stinky pinky drew pinsky and some of his cohorts realise, that some of what gary will say is true. and if truth hurts than well, gary aint to blame. see, gary knows the bible forwards and backwards, and also knows about things like %@!_`%@&+!)$^%! hing and offering 10 percent of what you make or can offer even a person can %@!_`%@&+!)$^%! he there time for something. personally i believe it when gary busey says he is sober. sometimes the people who have never had to be treated for an addiction are the ones who never return to addiction and its easy by using the hair of the dog method. see, when you are in a setting like stinky pinky pinsky gets those people in, its going to be combative. and the beauty of being manic is this there aint nothing those people do,say,or think, that a manic person hasnt already thought of in some way. and basically, i like my depakote, however, i still need my controlled times of mania. just a little mania a day keeps me going. and well, part of what people dont realise is this, see, science states behavior as one way, what gary and i know is becoming one’s own master, and learning to be selfish, and to say NO. and people like us get combative at times, when we get put in situations like that, because personally, a health imagination is better than any drug. and i personally dont believe its wrong to learn from master j, how to become one’s own master, some people take up karate, or martial arts, or yoga, i took up writing out what i would love to do to judges who have put me to the screws. see, its funny gary is in a situation where he is like the lead clown in a troupe of sad and angered clowns, and well, his remedy is what he has read in the bible. and they will think he’s crazy i know he is not. see, if everyone gave 10 percent of there time or money to a good organization, it would create a fiscal balance. even when i try and start my own company which is to be an all female private golf and tennis club, i will work on a 10 percent of the mean average income of the applicants who apply for membership, and take the average and multiply it by 10 percent and maybe even 10 percent of the 10 percent. its called fair competition. with laws like homesteading, federally making it possible for people to move away from a region where things are barron for them, homesteading gave people not making it in one region an opportunity to make it in another region. basically, i am working on my life’s masterpieces, and even though i have no official bachelors degree, i would have hit this wall in my life anyway. if i find the needed financial backing for at least one of my ideas, i can fold, meaning, i can take what i earn from one project, and apply it to a new one, like an oragami expert taking one sheet of paper and turning it into an art piece. and thats one thing wrong with stinky pinky, too busy making a name for himself and needs to focus on the life he should live and not how others do it all the time. thats my problem with the system at times. and i can name a whole lot of people who had a great product idea and started from scratch, dave thomas,bill gates even though he had wealthy parents he didnt rely on them totally. larry flynt even has no real degree known of, but has a skyscraper, and lots of people who get tired of goliath corporate jobs who settle in finding the sweet flow of life in a small cottage industry.

  12. kimberly says:

    Dear Dr Drew,
    I would be lost without the show on rehab, I waiit weekly for a new episode, I AM ADDICTED to pain medication and bi ibe will help me, It was found in early 2002 tnat I have Connecrive tissue disease, osteoporosis, rhumatoid arthritius, pagets disease of thr bone, Ihave nerver been treareted
    for addiction or for the diseases itselfn I hsve beeb treated with a bandaids such has pain medication, I was on 320ng of oxycontin and 120mg of Oxycodone and still driving and singing
    I am losing myself, I am losing me, I donlt know what to do oe how to save nyself,

    HELP i DONT WANT TO DIE

    i AM CURRENTLY DETOXING AND HAVING A HAES TINE WRITING THIS NOTE

    I m in so much piain and look at the option if death as ine option

    Can you come up ith any other options

  13. gloria moy says:

    Dear Dr. Drew:

    Thanks for your show. I am 23 years sober and I don’t believe that I would have been allowed to stay in rehab had I behaved like some of the people on your show. I am particularly troubled by Gary Busey’s attidtude. The message of your show is that recovery is an ongoing process. We are never recovered,

  14. randy mcmurphy says:

    being that mr. steven adler is a stroke recoverer, and wants to meet slash again, and play music again. how about suggesting to mr. steven adler, about trying a new musical instrument. like a 4 string bass, or a 6 string bass, and instead of overdoing himself, due to the physical damage from his stroke, why not, let him try a bass stringed guitar, as a therapeutic tool and aide, in helping him stay in stroke recovery as well as drug recovery. see if phil lesh of the grateful dead, could take up bass for the warlocks, and do gigs at pizza parlors, and supposedly phil lesh, actually, learned the bass 6 stringed instrument by the trial by fire method, however, phil lesh did have some musical knowledge with other instruments. and it would make sense to me, that mr. adler develop a sense of awareness of his limitations and even to some degree learn to use and visualize, setting limitations, and accpepting some limitations aint so bad, and see if he got into that gear of thinking, he might end up a rather established bass player, if he would teach himself to play it for a rehab tool, since he should keep his brain stimulated, and all to lessen any TIA activity that is stroke related, or the prevention of another detrimental stroke. if he would like to attempt music again he is limited to how he plays the drums, do to the physical damage a stroke caused to his body. therefore, learn an instrument that wont be so physically demanding.

  15. Rhonda says:

    Dr Drew, I just think you need a big “THANK YOU” for eveything you have done and are doing.Even a Dr. like yourself needs to know ya, I am making a difference! By the way I think your doing an awsume job!!!!

  16. cory says:

    I think the hardest part is living with an addict.Loving an addict and making the choice to leave when they continually choose to use the pills-I have dealt with this for the last 24 months. The rx he gets now barely last him 8 days then the next 22 days are spent trying to beg ,buy or borrow just to get thru til the next refill. Not only do you hurt yourself look at those around you. We have lost everything
    I even got pulled into using them to help deal with my sadness-about 6 months time but have stopped and realize It was wrong. Loving an addict is very hard=Leaving one almost impossible. It breaks my heart to see the man he has become.

  17. Kim says:

    i WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW TO GET ON THE SHOW.

  18. SilentSister says:

    So, I guess treating creative people, in general is a challenge in our society, no matter if we are talking about local arts or worldly arts? How do you treat the impulsively creative person then, and not what this world has made these people?

  19. tima says:

    DR.D I ENJOY THE SHOW BUT I WAS COMPLETELY SHOCKED BY ONE OF YOUR SHOWS……I HOPE YOU READ THESE COMMENTS…JEFF TOLD ONE OF YOUR STAFF A FEMALE WITH BROWN HAIR,HE TOLD THAT PERSON POLITEY HE DID NOT APPRECIATE THERE HARSH WAYS INWHICH JEFF IS ENTITLED TO HIS OPINION…JEFF ASKED THE FEMALE STAFF EMPLOYEE IN HIS CONVERSATION TO NOT TOUCH HE DID NOT APPRECIATE IT…I WAS SHOCKED THAT THE STAFF EMPLOYEES WAS INAPPROPRIATE TO JEFF AND AT THAT WHEN SHE LEFT THE AREA DISPLAYED A NEGATIVE VIBE AND AT THAT HAD THE NERVE TO TOUCH JEFF ON HIS SHOULDER……..
    THIS PEOPLE ARE THERE FOR PROFESSIONAL HELP AND UNDERSTANDING HOW DARE YOUR STAFF BE ALMOST HARRASSING TO A PATIENT….EVEN SHELLY HAS DISPLAYED UNPROFESSIONALISM BY TELLING THE PATIENTS THAT GARY WOULD NOT GET UP AND HIPED UP THE PATIENTS WITH NEGATIVITY INWHICH PROMPT THEM TO INVADE HIS PRIVACY BY ENTERING HIS ROOM TO GET HIM UP….ANOTHER SHOCKING SITUATION CREATED BY A STAFF MEMBER…………THIS IS SO INAPPROPRIATE AND I CAN NOT BELIEVE IT IS ALLOWED AT YOUR FACILITY AND AT THAT IT IS ON TV…..
    DR.DREW YOUR WORK IS BEING HINDERED BY THE TWO FEMALE STAFF EMPLOYEES AND IT NEEDS TO STOP……..DR.DREW YOU ARE A GREAT DOCTOR AND CARING,THEY NEED TO GET PROFESSIONAL STAFF TO SUPPORT YOUR GREAT WORK….THESE STAFF MEMBERS ARE HIPING THESE PATIENTS UP AND THAT HAS A IMPACT ON THERE NERVES AND HAS THEM JUMPY…NO STAFF MEMBER SHOULD PLAY PATIENTS AGAINST PATIENTS….THIS NEEDS TO STOP AND I HOPE SOME PROFESSIONAL HAS THIS SHOW STAFF ACCESSED AND TERMINATED IT IS NOT HEALTHIY FOR THESE PATIENTS…………..KNOCK IT OFF AND GIVE THESE PATIENTS A CHANCE FOR SUCCESS WITH DR.DREW HELP……………

  20. Toni says:

    Dear Doc: i am so glad that a show like yours is on tv. it gives me great insight on my own condition and i have never written a comment before so here goes. i am 48 and disabled. on a daily basis i live in some incredible pain, usually a 9 or 10 on the pain scale. i take high doses of pain medication and wonder, at times, why and when. why the pain is so outstanding and when will it end. i am especially affected by jeff conaway’s story because it reminds me much of myself, with one exception, i maintain. believe me, there are times when i open my eyes in the morning, flaborgasted, that i am alive. but even with all the pain i bite the bullet. i have two of the greatest grandchildren that have me wrapped around their little fingers. i know that i cannot pick them up (docs orders)but i cannot tell them no because they do not understand. i have my good days and my bad, sometimes i am unable to walk for days at a time. those children keep me alive and so does the medication. i have been thru much in my life, some of which would probably have people ask how i have been able to live this long. i would love to get off the meds but not a possiblity. i think that jeff has nothing in his life that is positive to give him strength to find a way to put the pain aside. i don’t say that without knowing exactly how he feels. even the negative slope he is on brings him pain. how to make him see this i know is a difficult task. maybe he should meet people in his same predicament or worse. there are people out there who live in pain and seem to manage with living. taking one day at a time might help and counting to 10 (as my mom says) works a little. he seems to surround himself with negativaty including his relationship with his girlfreind. that alone is a large part. there are times in life, no matter how much you love someone or you think you love someone but it might not be a very healthy thing. my heart goes out to all of the celebs on their journey. i pray for them to find the strength to get a handle on their problem and control it. i know exactly what all of them are going thru. and to you doctor drew may you keep up your strength and conviction to help them.
    may my prayers be answered:
    toni

  21. SEAN says:

    HELLOW MY NAME IS SEAN,I HAVE MEDAL IN BACK,SHOOTING SYATIC NERVE,IVE DONE IT ALL.I AM ON OXYCOTIN,OXYCODONE,SOMA,AND SEROQUAL.I WAS DOING TEN EIGHTYS A DAY.IM NOW DOWN TWO TWO A DAY,MY MIND IS COMEING BACK.IM FEELING SO MUCH EMOTION.I HAVE MEDAL IN FACE,HAD BRAIN SERGERY,BOTH ANCLES.PRETTY MESTED UP,DRUGS NOT WORKING,I REALLY NEED TEN 80 A DAY,OR WHY DO THEM,CAUSE JUST MAKES PAINE WORSTE TO HAVE ONLY 3 80S A DAY.SO IM STOPPING.GRADULY,IVE BEEN TRYING FOR AWHILE,BUT NOW REALLY DOING IT.IM GOING TWO START NA. HOPEFULLY IT WILL HELP,PLUS ACUPUNCTURE,AND WATER THEROPY.IM REALLY TRYING.YOUR SHOW HELPS ME,WHEN THINKING OF PILL,I TURN ON YOUR SHOW,AND IT HELPS,THANK YOU VERY MUCH,DR.DREW.MY EMAIL IS SEANSPROWL@YAHOO.COM IF U CAN GET BACK AND HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS,I NO YOUR BUSY WITH YOUR SHOW,RADIO,AND IM SURE U DO MORE TWO.GOING TWO PEOPLES HOUSES,THATS COOL

  22. Tammi says:

    How do I ask DR.DREW himself a question. I need help

  23. Mary says:

    Dear Dr. Drew,
    I love your compasssion, earthiness and commitment to heal the human spirit. I noticed on the set there are bottles shaped like the gourds, a Feng Shui cure to transform sickness qi. If you used the real gourds, they will *&*!@+~@+)!^@$+ ist in creating a healing environment. There is a huge gourd farm in California and they are relatively inexpensive. In order for them to be effective, they must have an opening, like a vase. Placing a gourd in the northwest this year is a good place for them.
    Best of luck to you and praying for the success of your patients.

    Mary

  24. missy says:

    Dear Dr. Drew-
    I’m a 42 yr old mother with an 18 year old son. I have mild CP, I was born a rebella baby. And I also have had back surgery. In the lumbar part of the back and I had cyatic nerve problems also to be fixed. I was supposed to be in surgery for 2 hrs . But they found more damage than they had aniticipated. So i was in for 5 hrs. I have pain everyday, also. I am constanly moving, Weather its walking up & down the stairs, cause my kitchen is downstairs & living room is upstairs. Or driving my son to where he needs to go. or walking the grocery store, going to the laundry mat, with the back pain. I excersice reg, to strengthen my legs & maintain my weight. Cause I have a fear of gaining weight & not being able can’t lift my legs to walk. My point is …
    All this pain I have and all this running around I do. I don’t take painkillers.
    I take Flexeril for my legs. Cause i feel like i’m walking like piece of cardboard sometimes, lol. And it kinda erked me watching the show the other day, That Jeff had the nerve to called himself a crippled. Oh man,
    I was yelling at the tv, lol. I do fully understand him making the comment about not being able to do the things he used to. Like i used to be able to do the wash and walk the grocery in the same day. But since my sergurys, I now have to pick and choose what i’m going to do. Well, I hope I’m not out of line saying for saying all that.
    Thank you,
    Missy

  25. Judy Haas says:

    I am an addictions professional and a recovering person. Dr. Drew/Celebrity Rehab is the only show of this type that I watch. I learn something from Dr. Drew every time I watch. Thank you for presenting a responsible view of addiction. I hope that someone is making sure that Dr. Drew takes care of himself and pays attention to his own needs. Working with the folks he does can be debilitating if the clinicians don’t pay attention to their own needs.

  26. Tamera says:

    Dr. Drew just recently i started watching your program and found it to be very interesting, do you deal with people addicted to laxatives and also have an eating disorder? my daughter is 20 years old and has been in and out of programe since she was 12 yrs old that have tried to help her, she is 5’4 and currently weighs61lbs.Do you even read these? from concern mother..

  27. laurie says:

    dr.drew can you email me i would like to talk to you

  28. Daniel says:

    Dr. Drew, I am not sure why this is embarrassing fo rme to say but I have to admit that I have an addiction to oxycontin. I won’t get into how or why but I can go months without taking any and I am fine. But if I take some for legitimate back or leg pain and for my migraine headaches, I like it and I want to take it till it is all gone, as if I can’t resist the temptation even when I don’t need it. When it is gone I am not craving it and within a few weeks it is out of my head. I have never taken more than one 80 mg tablet in a 24 hour period even though my wife has pointed out that the quantity doesn’t matter. I got the drug from her because she has a prescription for it, or used to I should say. And she doesn’t give it to me, I took it out of her purse. I really do love her but I understand why she has no reason to believe me and she grew up in an environment where she has seen the really bad side of drug and alcohol abuse so I should have known that this would have had a very profound affect on her, maybe more so than someone with my background who never saw or lived with any addiction of any kind. I don’t know what to do. I don’t want to lose her or my three year old daughter but I think I will. Also, she believes I should go through rehab. I don’t know how or what. I looked into it and could find no free serviecs except recovering drug addicts meeting to talk about it. I tried that once and it wasn’t for me. I can live fine without the stuff and and have never done anything like the addicts I have seen on your show or in the group I sat in on. I want to know if you can help me in any way. I know I don’t desrve it but could you or a staff memeber call me? If so, I will e-mail you my phone number when you reply to this. Not related to this issue but something you should know is that we are broke and going through active bankruptcy as we speak. One car has been repossessed and we will lose the other soon. I haven’t had a job since I was fired for missing a week to care for my wife and daughter when my wife was in the hospital and had to have surgery. I had not been there long enough to take legal action against them for doing that as apparently a person must work for a company for one year to be protected by the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA). I wonder if you could host a “non-celebrity rehab” show and you wouldn’t have to pay me to be on it. Just help people to realize the affects on families, etc. I hope you can respond soon because it is my intention to kill myself to collect on the life insurance policy as my policy covers suicide once a policy holder has had it for two years or more. I have tried in vein to get a job since the middle of September and I can’t wait any longer. I have to be able to care for my wife and daughter even if she does leave me and without them there is no reason to live anyway. I hope you can respond soon.

    Daniel

  29. ACOA Lady says:

    Thank you for reminding me why I am the way I am.

    God bless you and your staff and keep up the great work. You’re all fantastic!!

    ACOA lady

  30. Joyce says:

    Dear Dr, Drew, 1st of all I want to say a huge Thank you! 1st of all, I have been watching since the 1st show show 1 & I just love your show & have come to really respect you. I just got done watching you on the Craig ferguson show & you said somthing that I was thinking this whole last 2 seasons, I was thinking I wish I could go on that show & show them that “us” real people not just celebs have the same problems & I am not the star stuck type of person at all , so it wouldn’t bother me, but you mentioned somthing about this very same thing & I was thinking oh my god, he actually was thinking t some point having non-celebs on as well as celebs to show we all share the same issues. But ANYWAY,, the biggest think I am thankful for is after being a 20 year opiod addict, After my father gave me my 1st joint at age 9 ^ a bottle of black cadilacs ( form of speed in the 70′s ) at age 11 ^ told me to ” here , take these & maybe you’ll lose some weight & be pretty, Which then began actually a 30 year addiction, Now… Just from listening & watching you & really taking in all you are saying, I have decided to check into rehab! YES!!! I am ready & you are a major part why. I did want to quit for quite some time , But you really sealed the deal. the only thing I wanted to ask you is this clinic wants to put me on Methadone? I really don’t know anything about this medication. if at all would tell me what you think of it or if it’s somthing I should stay away from?? I just don’t know All I know is I want help& I want to say Thank you so much, Because I really mean it, when say you sealed the deal for me , I usually cry thru each episode, but it feels good to watch & let it out. so again..Thank you & god bless you. & P. S. I LOVE Shelly!! amen to Shelly! Thanks Dr. Drew…peace ^ Love, JOYCE……:) P. S. Anyone else wants to respond feel free~

  31. Joyce says:

    Hello, Me again, Joyce, I just wanted to ask that someone PLEASE give my email to dr. drew. I really wanted to email him privately , But was unable to?. So Pease someone make sure he gets my email, I thnak you so much. I know he;s a busy man, but I really wrote this email to him & want him to get it. Thank you Joyce..Milwauke, WI.

  32. christy says:

    i just wondered how someone would be in dr drew’s program. or another program like it.

  33. Sharon D. says:

    Dear Dr. Drew: I have been a follower of yours for years and years. I think you are compassionate, yet disciplined in your approach. I like that. I am a food addict. I don’t take drugs. I only take a drink in social situations. But I eat all the time. I am totally out of control. I use food as an emotional crutch, to fill boredom, to ease my pain – - and I am sure I use it for a lot of other reasons – - all not very good. I have been on a dieting yo-yo since I was a baby. Yes, I was on a diet as a baby!!!! My weight is up, down, up, down. You get the puicture. Nothing seems to work. Even if I do get down to a good weight, it doesn’t take me long to sabotage myself and all of a sudden, I am back at my previous weight. I realize you are not necessarily a professional who deals with food – - but I am looking to you for help. I really need it and want it! What can I do? Do you have any suggestions as to where I might go for treatment? What treatment would you suggest? I am at a loss and don’t think I can keep doing this yo-yo thing any longer. I am desparate to change. Please help! Thank you so much!

  34. Saundi says:

    Hello Dr. Drew,
    I want to know why there is not a rehab center that involves, well like a “BIGGEST LOSER” type of rehab..not that I’m fat, I weigh 1340lbs. I just do not like the idea of “why” I use..bordom, kids left went to college.ect I a have never been abused I have a wonderful family, I drink out of bordom, but I would LOVE to go to rehab, but one if it is based on GOD and fitness, to see my body change and to feel healthy, I don not eat because my alcohol and Methodone takes my apitite away, I feel like my entire body is going to shut done, I am tired ALL of the time, my job is starting to fail, I want to be healthy but yes It scares me so, but I do not believe in sending baloons up in the air saying let it go it is gone..NO it is not!! why not start a rehab, that involves exersise instead of sending your feelings up into the air..give me a BREAK, and the 12 step program you have to worry about everyones choice in the higher power!! I believe in GOD and JESUS, I would love to find a christian based program with a program that involves getting healthy, I never eat I never work out , I used to work out ALL the time, OK my point is, I think it would be a GREAT buisness adventure if someone combined GOD with fitness, I would be there in a heart beat!! can you help me find a place like this??I believe in the KING JAMES version of the bible.(.A Christian) I know I am going to die soon if I do not find some help, but I want it to be Christian based with health,exercised , involved..NOT soo much sesions(group) yes I realize that is part of it but I need so much more!!! Can you help me??/
    Sincerly, Saundi… p.s did I say I have been on Methodone for 10 yrs!! enough already!! please help me!! Saundi

  35. kara says:

    thank you for doing the show its helped me in myown reocvery from my past addictions and i Have to say that the show has changed my life and I have been clean and sober from my past eating disorder for 17 years now and I am still in the maintance reocvery mode.
    thank you
    K

  36. kara says:

    dear Dr Drew,
    I watched the show celebrity rehab and that show has given me the chance to stay focused on my recovery path. I am so grateful that I chose to get help 3 and half years ago when I had a crisis and I had checked into a impatient unit and that was my turning point to get help at the age of 33, I have been in reocvery from attempted suicide for over three years, I am grateful for you show because it keeps me focused on my own recovery for life. I enjoy the show and i learn more on how to stay in the maintence path of my own recovery. the stories on the show are powerful for me to know that I am not alone in my life reocvery mode. thank you and I wish the best for all the patients to find there own way of life in recovery.
    K

  37. lynorra says:

    Hey Dr Drew,
    I just finished watching this weeks episode of Rehab.WOW. I most say that Shelly is everything I’ve ever wanted to be when I grew up.She’s strong,kind,and patient like a saint. May God bless and keep you forever in Her graces.
    It was really sad to see Seth again. Does he still have contact with his son? Isn’t he still enough reason enough to stay straight and sober. I know that speaking for myself, when the possibility of loosing my daughter interrupted my love affair with cocaine and alcohol I couldn’t get away from that stuff fast enough.Now I’m proud to say, I’m a Grandmother and I have never and will never touch that trash again because if for nothing else,I GOT BETTER THINGS TO LIVE FOR! Like living to meet my Great Grandbabies.
    Godspeed to you all. lynorra

  38. P.J. says:

    Dr. Drew. I was very dissappointed to see your recaction to Shelly. She is the glue that holds your center together and I just felt that she was put in such a dangerous situation that could have taken her out a.s.a.p. and you kind of non-chalantly tried to “comfort” her. I feel that she was mistreated by Steven when he kicked the door and he got NO punishment for his behavior.

    Shelly should have been sat down and really throughly talked too. I just felt it was really sad how she was kind of ignored. I mean, yeah you all went on a “walk” but, she was obviously in a crisis situation and I do not know if it was due to the editing but, I just felt she needed waaay more support. Especially coming from you, a doctor.

    I have been to many rehabs and if I behaved like ANY of your patients, I would have far harsh consequences to face if I had acted out like that. Why is there no punishment for these celebrities? What because nobody wants to tell them no? I just don’t see it as being fair.
    Thanks. I really don’t have faith that ANY of these patients are going to remain sober. I’m sorry to say it but, I just don’t.

  39. Barb says:

    I have a letter that I need to send to Dr. Drew. It is VERY IMPORTANT and I do not want it to appear on this page or to be screened by a staff of people. I want it to be FOR HIS EYES ONLY. Where do I mail something like this? Thanks in advance to anyone who is able to help me with this.

  40. Robbin H. says:

    Dr.Drew,

  41. Robbin H. says:

    Dr. Drew,
    First, God Bless you and your staff along with VH1 for tackling the challenge of helping addicts find a new way of life. I’ve been clean for 21 years I got clean when I was 19 years of age when all that was really available was incarceration. The only thing that worked was complete abstinence. I’m just grateful that the lie is dead and we do recover and the world needs to know that. The stigma that surrounds the addict has been rooted in a society that sees us as the hopeless, and unhelpable. The disease of addictioin is a reality for many of us. I just want to let your clients know that they can do it! The disease doesn’t care that they are clebreties, but we are those who understand and first and foremost they are important human beings who mean something in the whole scheme of things. This addict in the recovery process supports your efforts and prays that your life will be blessed abundantly for your selfless service.

    God Bless
    Robbin Holmes
    Grt8fulone

  42. AMY MAYFIELD says:

    YOU GO DR. DREW… I TUNE INTO YOUR SHOW SO I CAN GET SOME INSIGHT INTO THE REALLY HARD LIVES OF ADDICTS OUT THERE- I AM ONLY ADDICTED TO FOOD AND MY STRUGGLES ARE DAILY BUT WHEN I HAVE DAYS THAT SEEM ENDLESS- I SEE THE PEOPLE ON YOUR SHOW WHO HAVE FAR MORE PROBLEMS THAN I CAN EVER IMAGINE- IT MAKES ME FEEL VERY LUCKY.
    WE ARE A MUCH BETTER WORLD WITH PEOPLE LIKE YOU DR DREW! YOUR THE BEST! AND MIGHT I SAY VERY, VERY SEXY TOO!

  43. Connie says:

    Hi Dr Drew, I have been watching you since I was pregnant with my twins 17 years ago while married to a dynamic successful man who had it all….a straight wife three beautiful children and brilliant mind warm heart with a promissing career with a huge problem. He kicked cocaine and pot 21 years ago when our first son was born but continued to drink and never just one….his career took off a man with a stellar reputation but his disease also progressed…He had a back injury and started using Oxicontin in 1999 which i had no clue just knew somthing was terribly wrong although he was still getting promotions making 350K a year. The disease progressed by late 2003 he began to loose jobs and disappearing by 2004 he began using heroin inhome and out of treatment and the family home when sober….He had so much to teach so much heart a life cut short by an acute overdose in July 2006 he is at peace and I know is in a better place the suffering for him is gone but left three beautiful children asking what happened to my strong brilliant father who has so much love in his heart.

    I watch Jeff and see Mark all over again the opiates destroy them and create pain due to the receptor sites screaming for opiates…although mark had the patch for six months once it wore off he stared shooting heroin. I pray Jeff will get clean because death is close if he continues….I would like to share my daughters poem and other letters she wrote to her father and read it at the funeral with Jeff she was 13..
    I know so much about addiction and would love the opportunity to meet you and maybe help some of these people who are all at risk of loosing their life just as many have.

    I look forward to hearing from you

  44. lindsey says:

    im trying to email dr. drew and i caan not figure out how does anybody know how if so pleave email me at mylitledante625@yahoo.com

  45. tracy says:

    You are amazing. It seems to me your show is incredibly REAL. Unfortunately.
    But these celebrities NEED this…. you are doing a great service….I completely respect you. Please keep up the GREAT work you are doing, I will keep watching & praying for your patients, especially ….I wanted to say ” Shifty, Jeff & Amber!…..but really I am praying for eveyone of them. God bless you & all of your patients.

    t

  46. stella says:

    I have heard many times that sometimes it can even be more difficult on the family than on the addict when there is someone who has some form of addiction. How I love to watch Celebrity rehab and Sober House, sometimes I have to shut it off because it is to much of a reminder of the hell I am going throught with my alcoholic husband (soon to be x). Why not make a tv show focusing more on what the spouse and ususally small children have to live through, when an addict is loaded everyday, loses their job and it is up to the one person to try and keep things sane for their child, and has to deal with someone who is so out of touch with reality and blames everyone but themselves for their problems. It is so freaking unbelievably hard to live with an addict and even to get away from an addict. Its so not fair when they f up your life, and you try and try to get away from them and they continue on their trek of destroying themselves and you. Now that would be a show-

  47. Diane Gillece says:

    Dr. Drew you should be ashamed you glorify addiction on your show I have an addicted teen and you should put yourself in my shoes as a parent. You Make celebritys look like addicted heros to teens. Its all about the money on your show not help you plug the right network but in your heart I see right through you get real. I hope you sleep well at night in the end you will be judged. You may think I sound over the top but I’m just a suburban Mom dealing with an addict.

  48. Kelsey says:

    Dear Dr. Drew,
    I would like to tell how much I appreciate you and the work that you are doing. You are a genuinely great person and your show is an honest portrayal of the struggles of addiction and recovery. I have been clean of cocaine for a year and a half and I have loved watching both celebrity rehab and sober house. To the woman who commented before me, Diane Gillece, I know you are hurting right now but believe me Dr. Drew is not glorifying addiction in any way. He is showing what addiction really is, its ugly, hurtful and scary. Even in the last episode when Steven was high, that was real and ugly but also the best thing for people to see. Not showing the reality is what glorifies it. Thank you Dr. Drew I think you are doing great work, it gives me strength to see how far I’ve come but the show serves to reminds me of how bad things get.

  49. Lori says:

    I think it sux that people who are not celbs have no help because they have no money. I have been trying to get sober, I go on and off but since I have no money for the help I can not get it. This is just wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. brad says:

    is there anway you can help a normal working man out ? like i said i think i can help the people out on the show and hope to ^^@$*_+^_((@_*$~ in god i can get helped out myself . i have a serios drinkin problem hope u can help

  51. Leslie Fugate says:

    Hello Dr. Drew, I see your show all the time well watch youre show. I am not famous.

  52. Leslie Fugate says:

    I want to change and i think you can help

  53. eagleeyes says:

    dr drew im 40 my man is 62 he loves to please me!I cant seem to get him up very quickly so we can have hot intercourse which ilove and sill need! and he does too
    what can we do? he can’t take viagra

  54. holly says:

    hi dr drew my name is holly

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  57. blog.vh1.com says:

    The celebreality interview dr drew.. I like it :)

  58. blog.vh1.com says:

    The celebreality interview dr drew.. Slap-up :)

  59. Pattie Kerr says:

    I am sure that when the strategy for the defense was discussed George and Cindy were sat down and told that the only hope that Casey had was reasonable doubt. I am also sure that they were told about the abuse allegation and the drowning theory. Both items were expected by George and Cindy. They agreed to go along with it before the trial even started. If someone threw the accusation that you had been abusing your daughter for years I am sure that you would have some sort of facial reaction, even if it were just a knee jerk reaction, if you didn’t expect it. They helped the defense provide the confusion for the jurors and it worked. My one question is how can a mother ever forgive her own child for doing what Casey did. It is one thing to love your child but it is another to turn a deaf ear to the character traits that Casey had for years. Cindy covered up for her daughter for years and always made things go away for her. She did it again and the only one that will pay for this tragedy is poor little Caylee. It is hard for me to understand how Cindy can even smile. If I lost one of my grandchildren it would probably take my whole lift to smile again. The loss would be insermountable. I hope God forgives them both.