Examining Rehab 2 With Dr. Drew – Episode 2

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Our scene-specific blog commentary on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew continues. Below, the doctor talks about the main points of the episode: kicking, kicking and screaming (on Jeff’s part) and the ball of extremeness that is Gary. Drew also gives some insight on the difficulty of treating people in front of cameras and why he hates being mistaken for a producer on set.

A major theme of this episode was detox. The footage of Amber is pretty insane.

She had a very tough withdrawal and that’s going from one milligram of Suboxone. What’s interesting is that medicine is supposed to be the salvation for opiate addicts and yet you’re looking down the barrel of how problematic that is. It’s supposed to be a medicine used for out-patient detox, and it makes things so easy for patients. Well, she couldn’t get off it, you see how tough it is for her to stop. Opiate addicts need to stop doing opiates, period. There never will be a kinder, easier way for opiate addicts. She was on a tiny dose and going from that to zero, you see how horrible it is.

Tawny says that opiate users tend to think that detox is going to be worse than it is.

She’s right. Particularly methadone addicts have what’s called a pathological fear of withdrawal. The withdrawal is bad. Amber’s was bad, but that’s not as bad as it gets. But then, it’s over in three days and that’s that. What was impressive to me with Amber, I don’t know how well it translated on camera but in person this was really striking: her sympathetic nervous system was so turned on. She was lit up like a candle. Her pupils were just blown, they were the size of saucers. She’s was so affected by the withdrawal. It was very striking to see. Without her complaining, I could just see it.

When we see her in the common area at night, she’s obviously struggling, but after that, the next morning, she seems fine.

That’s the way that withdrawal is: it waxes and wanes. Usually about 4 in the afternoon, that’s when people have trouble with it. I don’t know why, but it’s sort of the common bad time. For Amber, it was later.

Is the anticipation part of the withdrawal process?

It’s worse than the withdrawal. I could get anybody off drugs, but here’s the thing: opiate addicts have a pathological distortion that all they have to do is get off opiates and they’ll be fine. Well, Amber knows that’s not the case, because she’s been through this enough times. The drive to do the opiates is what the addiction is about. Even when you’re off the opiates, your brain is forever altered. That’s the main priority in your life. You may not even be aware that you’re seeking opiates, but your brain is.

We’re introduced to Luisha this episode. Can you talk bout her?

Luisha works with Shelley, Bob and I. We needed somebody that’s strong because this is a tough group. We needed someone who could withstand anything and still be OK regardless of the onslaught. Luisha and Shelly are a very powerful team. They’re different in their approaches, but they’re very, very powerful.

It seems that from the get-go, Luisha takes more heat than Shelly ever has.

Well, Luisha can withstand more. Shelly invests. She gets very involved with people. She’s kind of like me in that way. As such, when people are having tough experiences, she gets affected by it more deeply. Luisha is much more of our staid, unmovable point. But she knows addiction very, very well. Addicts want to know that you care, and sometimes they feel like someone who’s cold and tough doesn’t care, even though Luisha does. So addicts will get angry about that. They want you to care about them. I understand that.

Tawny also wonders if Gary’s in the right facility. Was it ever a question of yours that he was in need of additional or different treatment than rehab?

Well, when someone’s admitted to a chemical-dependency unit, they have to be an addict. That’s the criteria for admission. In our assessment of Gary, it was clear that he was an addict, he had all these consequences of addiction. It just wasn’t clear what stages his addiction was in, and whether or not there were psychiatric pathologies and neurological pathologies that would make it impossible to treat him at this level of care. But even before I met this squad of patients, I was prepared to increase psychiatric and psychological services. I just had a feeling. I found last season they could tolerate that, and I wasn’t sure at first how cameras would affect things. It was new territory. But since I found out they could tolerate it, I really wasn’t concerned that Gary was in the wrong unit. I felt like we could figure it out.

You do that with the help of Dr. Sophy. Is he someone you worked with before?

Yes. I know him well. He’s top-notch. He is a blessing to our team. He runs the largest foster-care system in the country. He’s the director of the L.A. County Department for Child and Family Services. He’s not only a board-certified psychiatrist, he’s a board-certified family practitioner, which is something I look for in psychiatrists: to know what it is to be a doctor. He understands the complexity of the medical and psychiatric, which is always at play in addiction. And he’s an extremely capable guy. In my opinion, he singlehandedly turned around a foster care system that was frankly a catastrophe to one of the shining examples of the L.A. County mental health system.

Gary has this notion of elevated status, and while that’s annoying, it also nets results: he helps convince Jeff to stay out of what he perceives to be duty.

Gary is helpful to his peers. He ends up being more helpful than he could have imagined, but it’s not the way he thought it was going to go. You can be a patient and be of service to your peers, but you also have to be an open, vulnerable, honest person yourself. This is just the beginning of Gary’s waxing and waning relationship with his peers, where he’s a problem and he’s a help.

He also brings up the cameras with you, and I know that’s not your area of concern. As a doctor, what’s it like being the middleman between the patients and the producers?

It’s stressful. We become representative of the producing team, and yet we’re not producing on set. We’re just trying to treat patients. At the same time, we’re all under the sway of a television production. We all signed up for the television production. That’s the weird layer in this thing. I want to ignore all that. I don’t want anything to do with that. I just want to do treatment. And yet it lurks around. The TV part is there sometimes. It fools with my ability to read what the patients are experiencing, whether they’re editing themselves or bulls***ting for the cameras. But more than that, their ability to trust me can be compromised by this feeling of, “Hey, is he really with us, or is he with the production guys?” I hate that.

That sort of mistrust is nothing new to you, though, right? As a highly visible doctor, I’m sure you get, “Oh, he’s just some quack” all the time.

I don’t get much of that from people I’m taking care of. I think once people come to me, they have a predisposition to be willing to trust me, and once they involved they understand that’s what I’m doing. But I’ll tell you what it does play on: addicts always have an issue with trust. It is the major issue: getting someone to trust you. So this set-up becomes a reason for them to pull back. It’s a challenge.

Jeff’s up to his old tricks again this episode. He says, “Just because I’m here, it doesn’t mean my drug problem’s going away.” That’s a very bleak outlook.

Well, here’s one thing I’ve learned: don’t assume what an addict says in the moment is going to persist. No matter what they declare, you just have to say, “Whatever.” You keep it moving forward and see how it goes for the next couple of weeks.

You say that having Vicki next door is added stress. The situation of her being a door’s width away is less than ideal, right?

It’s less than ideal, but it’s manageable. I was less disturbed by this than the episode would suggest. To me, this was no different than Vicki visiting like she always did last season. That was always disruptive and I’m sure it would have been this season, too.

For more on this week’s episode, watch Drew’s video recap here, and check out the screen shots below:

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  1. sheeryl says:

    gary is a perfect example of mental ilness mixing with substance abuse as a means to self medicate. do you really think there are any drugs out there to treat the bipolar symptoms that take away the need for alcohol and other drugs. as far as I’ve seen with my husband he’s been on everything, the drugs don’t work and that’s why he uses alcohol, pot and cigarettes among other things to treat the symptoms of his schizoaffive disorder. mix that in with a wife who’s chronically ill and on morphine which i have to lock up to keep away from him and there you have a reality show. as far as I’m concerned these “addicts” are all a bunch of spoiled babies. no one is knocking on my door looking to treat my husband and he is too paranoid to admit himself. he wants help but there really isn’t any help out there for dual diagnosis patients except drugging them into oblivion.

  2. Jake says:

    I just watched the second episode and I want to extend my admiration to Luisha. I am a freshman in college striving for my BSW. I am taking Intro to Human Services and we just covered a section on “active listening” I watched Luisha tonight and I have to say I thought she was a great active listener with Steve, Gary and Jeff.

    BTW I decided to pursue a degree in social work and to become a substance abuse councelor because of this show.

    I hope Dr. Drew sees this because he deserves much of my thanks as does Bob and Shelley. All of them are my inspiration.

  3. Ben says:

    Last weeks episode and this weeks were the first I have seen. Having my own addictions makes the experiences of these folks seem very relevant to me. Perhaps seeing more of this will encourage me to somehow face my own demons. I can’t help but be entertained by the complex personalities of each and every one involved. Still, somewhere deep within, I am fighting for them to find the peace and tranquility that has avoided me for so many years.

  4. joanne says:

    Hello I am addicted to norco and soma have been for 5 years i have 2 questions 1 Why is God not mentioned. 2 Also exercise when you run out of meds it helps alot it kicking the feel good indorfins thats not talked about either.

  5. Ike Levine says:

    Dr Drew,

    I was in a near fatal accident about 15 years ago . I personallyfeel that I have no quality left in my life!

    I really do not care to continue living any more . My friends are all about getting my Meds! Why can’t they understand that I need it to just to try to make it through the day ! Why do they want it anyway !! What does it do for them that they think need it so bad

    Please help
    Ike

  6. Robbi says:

    The hope the staff is up for a challenge. The grip of addiction is so strong. It is hard to witness 2 of the patients still struggling even after being so close to death. I feel that there isn’t much sympathyfor a spoiled out, out of work celebrity who just smoked up his last millions.I believe that when money is involved there is plenty of blame to go around.Can you imagine people telling you –your’e wonderful ,fabulous talented we love you — as long as your making big bucks for everyone-
    If a celebrity gets out of control give them something to make them more manageable.Too many people get blinded by all the glitz. I think for the celebriy it takes longer for the hanger -ons to leave, the inablers who still want a little peice of you. for better or worsek I think It can create some unique challenges. Everyone on this show deserves a chance to change.

  7. patty gregorczyk says:

    Ineed to ask a queston.Ihave two grown children that have a drug promblem,My daughter have been in many rehab and also half-way house.My son spent two yrs.in prison for drugs related issue.Ihave been very support for them.But they have to come my home and sold drugs out of my home had peoplecome to my home.My daughter has a four old sonthat we have legal custodyof him.They move to SC,and they try to tell me they are clean but when they do come home they go and get high.There choose of drugs is herion.Ifell if they are clean there why do they have do drugs when they come home,Idont belive they are cleanthere .Ihave move and I dont know if this right but I told them they are not welcome in my home anymore Icant take this anymore.Myson has od in my home twice which that was most teriffed thing I had to watch,Watch them bring my son backIm the one that found him.Last month my two grandchildren found my daughter she had od in last the 2minutes she would been dead.Ijust watch them kill themself.They came up for the4 July because my sister was dying they went to the hospital so high that my dying sister ask themto be remove.Ilove my children very much but when do say enough is enough.Drugs doesnt do them harm it hurts everyone around themit destory there lives and everyone else.I understand it is additicion but if they dont want help only they help ther self.My kids tell me your not suppose to live in pastthat is true.But I fell if you dont get out the past then you cant go forward.Because there behavior doesnt change so when you are aroun it enough you know when there you using.I pray people wuld watch this show to show the hell additicionis.I pray that evreyone there get what you are trying to help them.Because this is what adiction does for you go jail go treatment or death no matter who you are.Drugs is drugs or any addiction first you th face what has gone in your live so you can go to clean and sober live.That is worth more than any money can give you.Because no matter how talent or smart you are people dont rember all the good you have done.When something that takes control of your live you cant control it then you have a promblem.Thank you patty gregorczyk

  8. drugs suck says:

    I used to work at Las Encinas Hospital many years ago. It appears that it has become more of a drug rehab now. Great facility.

    I have seen many of my friends’ kids succumb to heroin. They can never get clean. In and out of rehab. I think that what was said on the show is true, they have to want to fight for their lives. It is such a sad thing to see all of the money that is put toward an addict’s recovery when they aren’t serious about it. I also think that it is interesting that so much smoking goes on in psych and drug rehab programs. Tobacco is definitely a drug. Many patients are also addicted to caffeinne.

    I think that all teenagers should watch this program. It is heartwrenching to see fine lives destroyed by drug and alcohol use.

  9. K.JAY says:

    I AM RECOVERED ADDICT. I AM ALSO A RN. I HAVE BEEN WATCHING THE PROGRAM WITH GREAT INTEREST. DO YOU THIINK. OR DOES ANYONE THINK THAT A NURSE COULD POSSIBLY RECLAIM NURSING HAVIING THIS DARK SECRET OF ADDICTION, ESPECIALLY COULD I WORK WITH ADDICTION. I HAVE SO MUCH MORE EMPATHY AND COMPASSION.

  10. k.jay says:

    I also wanted to say that watching this show has helped me so, so much. It has gotten me through some dark times as well as informed and educated me. I feel like I am part of that group. I feel like you (Dr. Drew) care about those patients (PEOPLE). Even the staff, and I don’t know their names; but the male tech, I could see so much concern and heartfelt sympathy for Amber as she lay there in misery. IT made me cry. I do think you could detox a little easier, but I am certainly not the expert. There are several theories about that.

  11. julliete says:

    I have never been a huge Guns and Roses fan but I am now a huge Steven Adler fan. He has the most beautiful smile and his heart shows thru. I loved watching him interact with his wifev and the others on the show. He seems so carring and sweet. I am a recovering addict 23 years Clean and sober from Heroin and Alcohol so I can feel what they are going thru. Im pulling for all of them. ODAT

  12. Julliete says:

    I wanted to respond to Drugs Suck. As far as Cigs are concerned can you imagine with everything they are going thru to pull them off of Nicotine too? LOL. I work at a teen recovery house and the kids are not allowed to smoke, it is against the law. The kids have more trouble reguarding the Cigs then the drugs sometimes!. One thing at a time.

    ODAAT, OTAAT

  13. Harry says:

    I wish all of you a speedy recovery and I keep you all in my prayers. Hang in there and don’t give up.

    Harry

    Pensacola, Fl

  14. Theresa Shelley says:

    Nicky I’m so proud of you. I was doing speed for 16 year. I have 10 years clean now. My life is so good now. I work in recovery, I’ve been working in recovery for 7 year . I love it. Just keep doing what your doing , get a sponser and work the steps. All that pain your going through, well get better. Nicky don’t give up. I’m thinking of you, my prays are with you alway. You are an Amazing singer ” Rock On”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Angela says:

    To whom it may concern:

    I watched the show faithfully last season. I’ve started to watch this season also. I would love to know the purpose for this show??? I’m guessing it’s just to make money and gather all the lonely “pathetic” souls to tune in and help to make you a profit. Dr. Drew, I have much respect for you and your profession, I wish you wouldn’t fall into this media frenzie!!!! ahhhh…money isn’t everything. At times I think if only….I could have had the chance to get into THAT sort of rehab, I could have excelled way earlier in my life. I didn’t have it…even being a little white German girl with a mom who had to go on welfare and then work at Dunkin’ Donut’s full-time while she was studying law enforcement. I felt soooo lonely. My Mom used to smack me and throw me around just because I said something ( like uhhh…Mom, you shouldn’t say that F-word around your children)
    And at the same time I felt guilt.

    So anyway, I vented and thanks for listening (that is if you even really did).
    All of my friends call me for good advice and I give it!!!! I just don’t know how to follow it myself.

  16. kj says:

    I feel for amber and as with all them hope she makes it. Did anyone else notice that she was making herself throw up in the detox sene? Hang in there guys we are all pulling for you

  17. EK says:

    I am a huge fan a celebrity rehab because it does show how difficult it is for people to detox and change their lives. This is a daring move by Dr. Drew. I am in recovery and went to rehab and find this very entertaining. Not because I enjoy seeing people in pain but because I am hoping for them to pull through. And it also reminds me where I DON’T want to go….back to rehab I say NO, NO. NO!

  18. Trudy says:

    I am not an easily moved person emotionally. But Nicky my heart broke for you. Some parents really do a number on us as children. For them their actions are over in moments but it leaves us with emotional wounds that lightly scab over and we spend our lives picking at them a little at a time with self destructive behavior. Lean on your family. Let them support you. That’s why they are hanging in there with you. Let yourself grieve for that little boy inside you. He deserves that much. Stay strong when you can and let others be strong for you when you can’t.

  19. Meg Larson says:

    To Angela below: I highly doubt that Dr. Drew is doing this just for the money; I do not get that impression from him at all. I think he is a very caring and very competent doctor, and he seems like the right kind of doctor to be involved in this specialty, addiction treatment. Until I started watching the show last season, I had no idea what goes in a rehab center; never having been in rehab, I had the sense that rehab was just becoming a place where the Lindsays and Brittneys of the celeb world go to escape jail, comply with custody orders, etc. What I have seen on CRWDD has been an eye-opening, heart-wrenching experience. As season one illustrates, there is a stark difference between folks wanting to get clean and folks who are there for some other reason (Daniel Baldwin). Contrast China’s reluctance to even admit she has a problem with Jessica Sierra’s, and Mary Carey’s as well, ambivalence with needing to get clean, and yet not wanting to give up partying and this is a powerful statement on humanity, the complexity and the ambiguity that is inherently a part of it. I am most worried about Amber and Nikki. That image of Amber detoxing on the floor of the unit was chilling and heartbreaking. I hope they all make it.

  20. Erika says:

    Firstly, I have to say I absolutely love the show. I think it has shown more or less how detox is (albeit without the luxuries of having cell phones) more realistically than most. I myself have been struggling with heroin and I’m about to go back to detox so I feel for all of them. I’m pulling for all of them, however, Vicki gets under my skin. She is manipulating, petty and I’m convinced she really doesn’t care about Jeff and may be trying to sabotage his recovery for her own gain. But I have to remember that as an addict her worst character defects are going to come out. Hopefully she realizes the true meaning why she’s there and get on w/ it. Gary, God bless him, needs to be in another type of facility that deals w/ dual diagnosis, at least that’s what I think. Amber, Steve, Tawny, Rodney and everyone else hang in there and let your Higher Power help you through. God bless.

  21. Regina says:

    The show has become the Jeff and Gary Show and I’m growing very weary. They are both there hogging camera time. It’s ridiculous. Neither of them enhance the show, they only take away from it. They are both just two massive egos walking around. Focus on the patients that want to get well and what their struggles are. That would be useful to the general public.

  22. jennifer marks says:

    i would love to personally thank- you your staff and all of the celebrities. you have shown addictions i have not had but could have i am facing my 3rd. d.u.i. in 2 yrs. i have rolled 3 cars and i am still walking thank Him. i have watched every season and have learned from their sobriety to help me with my own. please tell jeff to hang in there this year, i have faith in him. he has taught me that you can have a second chance at this. thank-you jeff i love you all tonto

  23. Tim says:

    Hey Mr. Adler… you were and still are are ROCK GOD to me… as a kid Appetite was my first album and YOU my favorite drummer and still are… i’ve still got my 2 GNR posters framed in my living room… my prayers are with Mr. Adler

    A TRUE fan of yours and always will be

    Tim Scimeca

  24. Greeneyes2u says:

    I have to say that I almost fell out of my chair when Dr. Drew questioned whether or not Gary’s brain injury was part of Gary’s problem. Kudo’s to you Dr. Drew and the other Dr. you brought in. My grandson had sustained a moderate brain injury, left frontal lobe, in 2001 due to an ATV accident. He was 11 at the time and taken by ambulance to a hospital 2 1/2 hours away from home in a semi-coma state. He was released from the hospital after 5 days and was said to be “fine.” This once “gifted” boy began struggling in school, started getting in all kinds of trouble, and nearly died from alcohol poisoning. People who suffer brain injuries also are prone to addiction problems. And, just let me say that having a brain injury is a MEDICAL condition and not a MENTAL condition. My grandson is what they call the walking wounded because he looks fine but the brain injury has definitely impacted his life in ways that you can’t imagine. I believe he would greatly benefit from alcohol rehab but he’s 18 now and I wish I could get him to watch this show.

  25. jDigs says:

    I think Dr. Drew’s analogy of getting sober causes the addict to feel that they have lost a loved one is a very real and evident cycle of early recovery grieving .

  26. Jackie says:

    Dr. Prinsky, it’s Luisha works with Shelly, Bob and me (not I). Objects of prepositions (with) are in the ojective case. Would you say Luisha works wih ‘he’ instead of ‘him’? I’m a 25-year clean and sober English teacher–an annoying nitpicker.

    Back to episode one: I understand Gary was paid to be in the program. Are all the participants paid? If not, in Gary’s distorted thinking he’s staff, not a patient. Daniel Baldwin also thought he was there to help, not to get help. Why are they both confused about their roles? Were clear limits drawn before they came onto the show?

    Amber’s pathetic sprawl on the floor looked staged. Lovely slim body positioned to display her willowly %(@^+*`$^@$&(#+ ets, great hair, terrific outfit, inducing vomiting without being disgusting. She’s been through this before and knows how to get sympathy. I’ve known drama queens in detox who flaunted their distress to the hilt and looked great doing it. The rest of us going through withdrawal looked ghastlly. In her favor, she has Gary Busey pegged, and she seems to have a sense of humor.

  27. zpup says:

    Amber’s display was totally staged. What was the deal with the finger down her throat? Believe me real withdrawals do not require using a finger to puke. It will come up all on its own. Usually one doesn’t want to be in the center of the clinic’s hallway floor for others to step over. Every nerve is standing at attention and jumping with pain. Lying quietly on the carpeted floor with a wastebasket and a finger is not reality. Uncontrollable vomiting and wiggling around on a cold tile bathroom floor is real. Also the use of both the toliet and a wastebasket at once is quite common and real. But there is no forcing of any of these bodily real events, not for opiates anyway.
    Peace, zpup

  28. Alma says:

    Why don’t you have a rehab show for smokers?
    Is it because smokiers are to hard to rehab?
    The products are so expensive…

    I know a lot of people who are sick and still can’t quit smoking…

    Please help Dr. Drew

  29. MMO says:

    I have read Drew’s book and have always watched his show and it has helped me to understand what addicts in recovery go through. My marriage was destroyed because my husband was and is addicted to opiates and he has been in denial for quite some time. I have felt helpless in dealing with someone who’s life has crashed down around him and has almost died and yet still he has not been able to face his problem with it. I think his pain is too deep. I admire all the celebrities on the show that have come to terms with their addiction and are ready to face it head on. They are also lucky they have the support of family to get them through it. I am still dealing with the guilt that I feel for not being able to do more but what I have learned from Drew is the addict has to admit to the problem and want to help themselves first and my ex husband is not there yet and may never be. Thanks Drew for helping me understand.

  30. Karen Davis says:

    Hello Dr.Drew and celebs,
    I am a recovering heroine addict – well opiates I should say – a pain pill worked if it was available. I have only been clean since May of this year – I kicked cold turkey in a county jail – so it was not fun. I want to say that now I realize the initial kicking is actually a lot easier than the long term – staying clean – the love affair I have with opiates consumes my thoughts some days. I think about wanting some EVERY day at least once. When will that go away? I feel so guilty for wanting it – after knowing what it did to me and my relationships – I want to stop thinking about it and I can’t .I suppose I am also wondering if I need some sort of therapy to find out why the opiates were needed to make me feel good – these questions are finally being answered I think with the show – thanks- and good luck to all the patients.

  31. Jackie is an idiot says:

    Jackie, learn how to spell and type before trying to nitpick others.

  32. susan says:

    I’m a chronic pain paitient currently on opiates and muscle relaxers daily. I also have depression and anxiety problems from a history of abusive relationships. In other words, I’m messed up. I don’t function without the meds. I’ve gone without and have gone withdrawl numerous times. I would love to be able to stay away from the meds but the pain is intolerable. Other treatments haven’t worked. I know I’m getting close to being not just dependant to the meds, but I hesitate to admit…addicted. Problem is I can’t foresee a life with this pain in return for being clean. How do people with severe to moderate pain function without relief? The only thing that has worked for me IS opiods. OTOH, the *chase* for the meds, of which I don’t do the doctor shopping for them, I do stick with one doctor. But I often go through my supply quicker than I should due to bad pain days and I wonder when my doctor retires or at some point will he just cut me off and what will I do then? This all messes with my relationsihps with my family and my significant other very badly. It also is a concern with employment. I deep down know I need help and need to find a way off these. But the pain isn’t tolerable at all. I’m with few options, it seems. Then rehab alone is totally out of my ability to do. I’m at the point I don’t want to live a long life because it will just be a life with pain that’s crippling. In my early 40′s and feel like I’m 60. It’s all a crappy existance with so few options. The people on this show should feel so blessed to have the top of the top specialists to start their new sober life. I for one would be exatic for an opportunity to have that knid of chance.

    I am so curious as to what they do to deal with the client’s pain and is everyone who is on daily opiate therpay an addict? So much of the other both over the counter and non-opiate prescription meds don’t even begin to touch pain. So is it even worth getting clean? I watch this and wonder how for people like Jeff with pain of his magnitude can he be drug free? Mine I’m sure isn’t half of what his is and I can’t kick it. I need to for so many reasons.

  33. Pgm says:

    Dear Dr. Drew and Staff,
    As a mental health professional, MSW and former “Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Coordinator” at a local college, I want to commend you and your highly dedicated staff. This show provides an inside look at treatment that serves as a positive public service. I say this because it may help people who are struggling with addiction see what treatment can be like (the good and the bad).I feel your program may also have a positive impact on those who might be headed down the road to addiction, seek treatment early or discontinue their use immediately. It is also very positive for the average person to see that no matter what your status in life, we all struggle with some of the same issues. Addiction does not discriminate. It can effect all of us and I have seen many lives “stolen” from this disease. So, I thank YOU and your staff for doing the work you do and for giving the world an inside look at the process of rehabilitation, how it effects everyone differently, and what treatment options are available.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the staff and patients. I pray you each continue to stay strong through this difficult process and work. You are only human, too, and I appreciate you showing the viewer that side of treatment, the side of the doctor and staff.

    In response to Susan below. I understand what you are saying and my heart goes out to you.. It is important to understand the difference between physical dependence (because you have been on a medication for a long period of time) and full-blown addiction. It is my understanding that addiction is not only a physical dependence, but also a psychological dependence. There is a the key issue of using the correct amount of medication prescribed by your doctor for pain control or using a medication or substance to get a “high”, trying to block out other issues in your life. There are many helpful websites and @&#&%+$%$(!)$## ociations that may help you. The American Pain @&#&%+$%$(!)$## ociation is one of them. If you Google it, you should find their site. There may also be some suggested on this website, I am not sure since I haven’t had a chance to look at everything yet. Also, depending on the type of chronic pain you have, there may be a website or another @&#&%+$%$(!)$## ociation you can join for additional information, treatment options, and support for your specific medical condition. My prayers and best wishes to you also.

    Take Care,
    P

  34. Pgm says:

    I apologize, I do not know why some of my message was blocked by @&#&%+$%$(!)$## symbols. These were not from me. Maybe we can not post specific names of things. Sorry and if someone could explain that would be great. Thanks. P

  35. Cleavy says:

    someone needs to put this episode up on a torrent so I can watch it.

  36. Beth says:

    I’m going to get gary one line……. I know that the Depakote has not taken effect yet, HURRY. Get jeff’s girlfriend out of there. There must be a place across town. They are going to feed off each other….not good. I’m sorry that I cant remember the lady’s name that was on the floor Just hang in there there is light at the end of the tunnel. Dr. Drew and staff hang in there this is going to be challenging. See you all next week.

  37. corrine says:

    Dearest Dr. Drew,
    Im a recovering addict 15years clean , I completly respect your methods and medical techniques.the 12 step program for is the only way (my opinion only)…….BUT Dr. Drew Some Addicts need more !
    Im refering respectfully to Mr. Gary.
    DR. Drew you must relize gary has more than Just an addiction problem, he’s killing me Sir, he’s got to go. He needs mental attention, Please Dr. Drew He’s putting the show in jepordy.

  38. missblondi says:

    I am a 42 year old woman, having grown up with alot of these stars, it’s surreal to see their pain and addiction, which so closely mirrors mine. I lived a very wild life for many years, but finally did settle down to what I thought was a normal life with my two girls and my 3rd husband. Not realizing that alcohol is as much as a drug as anything else out there! Finally, with the grace of God and alot of love, I did stop drinking, only to become incredibly ill. I am in stage 3-4 renal failure, along with mixed connective tissue disease. I find it very ironic that the doctors have put me on a regime of pain meds, knowing my history…yet it is the only way that I can get thru the day and work full time. These actors and musicians need to see how lucky they are that even if they are afflicted with incredible pain, they can afford to not work…that they can beat their addictions and demons with the best in the field and are given the opportunity to live life to the fullest. I fight every day not to “take one more pill” to numb the pain. I take what I have to in order to free my joints and muscles to the point that I can move…but no more…because I will no longer go down that dark road. I love this show alot…and I think that we can alllll learn from it.

  39. tammie wingo says:

    dr. drew & staff,i wish to god that i had people like you all around when i was going thru detox!i was a heroin addict for 3 long yrs & once i finally bottomed out,losing everythinf i ever owned.i finally had to go cold turkey,i lay in blankets in my freezing,in august in south fl.it took me 3 or 4 days to stop shaking,freezing & puking.someone told me that in a year i could go into a house full of heroin & not want it i told them they were insane,never gonna happen!it did!i have been clean for 25 yrs! i love your show & know the pain that they,such as jeff & amber are going thru.i have never,ever gone thru such hell in all my life,but if i can do it alone, i know they can with your team,& the others there to help & support them.bless you all!i wish i had the recources back then,but almost dying saved my life!good luck to all of them & thank God for you!

  40. pamie6711 says:

    Dear Stephen,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I meet you about 20 years ago in Cleveland when Guns and Roses played the Public Theater. You took the time to talk to me and I never forgot how nice you were (The rest of the band not so much). I want to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. I know that you are stronger than any additions And you have fans out there that still THINK YOU ROCK. ALL THE BEST

  41. Megan H says:

    Dear Stephen,

    Seeing you on celebrity rehab, is awsome! as a teenager and to hear your stories and see what and how your getting better, makes me want not to get envolved in drugs. you are an inspiring rolemodel, and an awsome drumer at that. You have a positive attitude and a great spirit. Hope you will continue with the rehab and feel even better about yourself! All the hope, and best of luck in the world ! =]

  42. Megan H says:

    Dear Dr. Drew,

    As a teenager and an inspiring RN , I’m always fasinated by watching you help poeple get through what can be one of the most terrible things to go through in their life. The show helps me further my education, and knowledge in the medical feild. I too have family issues that people have tried to help but… well you know how some people are, they think they can do it but then they dont wannna take the pain. So I would just like th say THANK YOU for all that you are doing!

  43. Tiffany says:

    Dear Stephen:
    Your story about your mom kicking you out as a child is so similiar to my husband’s, who’s mom kicked him out at an early age so she could have a new live in boyfriend. SHe made him work from the time he was 8 yrs old, took his money, then kicked him out when she got a rich boyfriend. My husband at his worst would drink 2 cases of beer a day, and take a bottle of sleeping pills to just try to shut off his brain. He is totally sober now for 5 years. He says the day he got sober was no different than any other day that he tried and failed, that it was just God’s grace, he finally figured out that he did not have to be a brave 8 year old anymore, he had to be a humble man and let God do it for him. God bless you all, good luck,life is beautiful.
    Tiffany

  44. homettta says:

    Please get Garry out of there. He is not helping. He needs a different type of care and is only ruining the people on here and there sobriety. If he is supposed to be a role model for them, he is going to make them think they are going to go crazy after sobriety. He has brain injuries that these people have not suffered. He needs help, but a different kind and is only going to hinder their sobriety.

  45. Michelle M. says:

    Hello,

    Gary is really freaky to me. I would be really irritated by him if I were there. In my opinion, if he is not on the payroll, and he has no training, then he should just leave people alone. He is just really creepy to me and I would keep my distance and never talk to him, ever. I have been in and out of counselling since I was 11. I am 32 and am dealing with another vice, alcoholism, to just push down all of the bad feelings I am not ready to deal with. I am on like 10 meds, 5 psyche, I think. I am drinking a lot every night, but I don’t want to go impatient. I feel like if I go to some cushy rehab center where I can sit around and talk and color and regress to childhood ways of coping, that I will crash severely when I get back to the reality of my home situation. I tried rehab, but I signed myself out after one day because instead of giving me my meds, including heart meds, they gave me tylenol and valium. By noon the next morning I was crying uncontrollably and the only thing that made me feel better was signing myself out and praying that I made it home without passing out. I kinda feel like that Amy Winehouse song, accept I am not loosing weight I am gaining because all I drink is beer. I look like I am about 7 months pregnant. It’s affecting all of my relationships, including my mom and my best friend who I feel strongly about but he does not feel as strongly back. Sorry this is so long. Thanks– Mimi Mouse

  46. david says:

    dr drew
    and guest these people are goin to make it i been there its hard it sucks but they will make it amber and jeff will be the hardest oxycontin is the devils pill thats what i was on it took me 65 days to wake up to a normal day but i did i just want to say hang tuff and talk to each other that helps alot i had to do my detox at home with the help of my wife and it was tuff but it will and does surpass . i will watch the show and see how it goes but i hope all the people stay so they can see the sunshine again the way it is supposed to thank you david

  47. joefrench says:

    my hat goes off to you dr drew. these addicts have to support each other by making a commitment to each other no matter what that this is a group fight. no one gives up on no one if they do it only shows the strengh they have for there own recovery. this is a life long battle that gets easier with each day. but you cannot do it alone. they have to commit to a life support system in helping another life and the only way they can give help is by having it for themselves first. there are so many ways to maintain your addiction and each one of us find it a challenge everyday. you have to find an emotion greater than the grief, and that is LOVE. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST IN YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW? if not yourselve that is completely understandable. how about your mom your ,your dad ,brother, sister, your kids. REMEMBER YOUR KIDS WANT TO GROW UP AND BE JUST LIKE YOU!i ‘m pretty sure each one has tried it OUR OWN WAYand it didn’t work. support and LOVE each other as if your life depends on it. IT DOES! good luck and may you all be blessed with compassion and patience for each ohter.

  48. Angel says:

    Dear Dr Drew,
    I watch your show every week and I have to say you have the heart and soul of an angel, to take on the battles with people who are so addicted they don’t even realize how much is amazeing to me.
    I had a severe fall nine years ago and went through major neck surgery, which helped somewhat but did not take away most of the pain so I was given codine to take. As I have become older my lower back seemed to hurt so much that when I stand I was bent over for awhile, so I went to a new doctor because my original doctor just kept telling me it was age and we all have pain but this pain was severe. The new doctor took tests and within a day told me my issue is my spine is in the shape of an S with two buldgeing disc at the bottom, and one side of my body is higher then the other. I have been on oxycotin for the past four years, and I have to take it three times a day which I do stick to no matter how bad the pain gets (which is pretty bad at times). I know that I can have surgery done but I have been told that my spine will never be straight and the pain may not even go away. I am 49 years old and I work everyday, I believe that I could get disability but I want to work for as long as I can. And I can not afford to quit my job and lay at home.
    Watching your show to be honest scares me, everything I hear about the oxycotin and seeing the people going through hell. I am afraid that I am addicted to this medicine even though I also know if I don’t take it I can not even get out of bed in the morning it all scares me.
    I want to work and have a life but I don’t want to distroy myself with the pain medication either. I have tried to go without the oxycotin but the pain is unbearable. Please tell me if I am doing the right thing by taking this or should I just come off and go on disability and live with the pain? I realize that you do not know me and you do not know my medical history but I am curious what you would tell a patient of yours who is living with this pain, am I doing the right thing. I have been to several differant doctors and they all say the same thing, continue to take the meds.
    I have to say though seeing your show makes me wounder if I should just give up and stay in bed..
    Sincerly,
    Angel

  49. Michael Solis says:

    Is Gary Buesy really sober for 13 years? Why did he wind up on this show? Thanks.

  50. Natalie says:

    After 5yrs abusing the pharmaceutical “Ultram” I am planning my detox. If it wasn’t for Dr Drew and the courageous (and sometimes ludicrous) actions of theses celebrities, I don’t think I’d attempt it. I can esp. relate to Amber; I think OMG, if she pulls thru this and successfully kicks her opiate abuse then I’m gonna do it myself!! I agree with Tawny when she says that the worst part of opiate (even category C opiates which is what Tramadol is listed under) withdrawal is the expectation that it’s gonna kill you. On the few occasions that I’ve tried to stop taking the Ultram I have had the most unbearable sweats, diarrhea, and agitation – all of which shouldn’t happen because it’s supposedly “non-habit forming.” I called the D&A Hotline to find out why I’m having such extreme withdrawal symptoms and after telling them that I take avg 700mg/day (400mg/day is “max. dosage rec.) they said my body is really toxic and that I shouldn’t detox on my own. Have any of you posting here successfully detoxed(privately) off high doses of Ultrm/Tramadol before? I sure would love some feedback on how to detox w/o suffering too much or for too long…

  51. Michael says:

    In case anyone needs it:

    Serenity Prayer

    GOD, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

  52. Melania says:

    Natalie I have to say I have been there with Ultram and there is no withdrawal like it! I was put on it when it came out years ago it was to be the new “non-habit forming.” drug it was to help people that was on oxycodone and drugs like that and it wasn’t to be as bad for you .However I the withdraw lasted about 2 weeks for me and the thing was it didn’t work for me any longer,but my body still needed the drug .and I was put back on oxycodone and still had withdrawal from ultram.Its bad.I had to get help from my DR.Let me tell you I will never take it again as long as I live.
    Do not stop using Ultram suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, sweating, nausea, diarrhea, tremors, chills, hallucinations, trouble sleeping, or breathing problems. Good luck to you..

  53. cattawall says:

    Dr. Drew: I have watched the show faithfully since it started. I am extremely disappointed about a statement you made when Amber asked for reasons for opiate addiction. You told her it was because of pain, which goes without saying. Then you said OPIATE FILLS IN WHERE LITERALLY MOM DIDN’T. You can’t possibly mean/believe that. If so you are giving the addict still another reason to “use” and putting the blame on the Mama!!! Rest ^%@`*%*`@$)&!@_ ured unless the addict faces the responsibility of his own addiction, he will surely never recover. Thank you.

  54. cattawall says:

    What is all this? Cameras aren’t supposed to be in that area, or so I was told. Would it have been all the same if she had been peeing or having bowel movement? Just asking.

  55. Gena says:

    What a great thing this show is not only for the ones in recovery, but for others to see what addiction can do to a person and their families. I see a light in each one of the people on the show, especially in Steven Adler, he has so much pain but is so full of love to give but unwilling to share it out of fear of losing it. I hope he most of all can see what a great and loving person he is without the drugs and wish all of the best to him and everyone on the show and the addicts out there that may be watching.

  56. CHAD says:

    I CANT BELIEVE HOW GARY BUSEY IS TRYING TO PUT IT OVER DR.DREW,GARY CLAIMS HE HAS BEEN SOBER FOR 13 YEARS WELL GARY WHAT HAPPENED WHEN RYAN SEACREST WAS TRYING TO INTERVIEWING JENNIFER GARNER WHEN YOU INTERRUPTED THEM ATTACKING AND KISSING JENNIFER EMBARRISSING YOURSELF AND THEN INTERRUPTED GEORGE CLOONEY WHEN HE WAS BEING INTERVIEWED AND WHEN YOU PUSHED YOUR WAY IN EVERYBODY COULD SMELL HOW BAD YOU SMELLED OF ALCOHOL AND YOU EMBERRESED YOUR DATE WHEN SHE WAS TRYING TO KEEP YOU AWAY FROM PEOPLE AND THE MEDIA TO PROTECT YOU BUT YOU CANT GET HELP UNLESS YOU WANT IT STOP LYING TO DR. DREW THE ONLY TIME YOU HAVE BEEN SOBER IS WHILE YOU HAVE BEEN THERE AND MAYBE YOUR AUTO ACCIDENT HAS CAUSED SOME PROBLEMS BUT YOUR BEHAVOIR CHANGES AND TRY BEING HONEST WITH DR, DREW AND SEE HOW THINGS COULD CHANGE FOR YOU DR.DREW CAN CHECK YOUR HISTORY ON YOU TUBE AND DONT FORGET THE SMOKING GUN WHICH IS ALL WITHIN 13 YEARS ADMIT IT AND GET THE HELP YOU NEED HES OFFERING IT TO YOU BE A MAN AND TAKE IT AND STOP HASSELING THE LADIES TRYING TO HELP .DRY OUT GET YOUR LIFE BACK TOGETHER AND BE THAT MAN WE ALL LIKED IN THE EARLY 90S.

  57. BECKY says:

    I REALLY LOVE THIS SHOW, I LOVE JEFF HE DEF WAS THE STAR OF THE SHOW LAST YR BUT I THINK GARY HAS TAKEN OVER THAT ROLE THIS YR! SOMETHING IS SERIOUSLY WRONG WITH THIS MAN. AND VICKIE ….. UHH I AM TIRED OF SEEING HER I FEEL THE ONLY REASON WHY SHE WANTED TO GO TO REHAB WAS TO BE ON TV I SEE RIGHT THROUGH HER AND I WISH JEFF WOULD TOO. PLEASE STOP SHOWING HER SHE MAKES ME ILL! AND ANOTHER THING THAT DISTURBED ME WAS SOME OF THE CAST DIDNT KNOW WHO RODNEY KING WAS, I FEEL THATS PRETTY IGNORANT AND I WISH HE WOULD HAVE HEARD THEM LAUGHING ABOUT HOW THEY DIDNT KNOW AND BLAH BLAH BECAUSE SERIOUSLY WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM WAS NO JOKE ATLEAST HES NOT OUT THERE DOING COKE N HEROIN LIKE THEM. IT IRRITATED ME, NOT THAT ONE DRUG IS BETTER THAN ANOTHER BUT THEY WERE ACTING LIKE THEY WERE BETTER THAN HIM. OK I AM DONE HERE! DR DREW YOUR HOTT AND I LOVE YA SHELLY!

  58. CHAD says:

    DR.DREW I JUST WANTED TO ADD THAT IS IF YOU WOULD LOOK UP GARY BUSEY ON THE INTERNET JUST OVER THE PAST 13 YEARS YOU WILL SEE FOR YOURSELF THAT HE IS TRYING TO PULL THE WOOL OVER YOUR EYES, I BELEIVE HIS ACCIDENT MAY HAVE HAD PROBLEMS BUT YOU CAN GO BACK FURTHER THAN HIS ACCIDENT AND THERE IS NOT THAT BIG OF EXCHANGE ALSO I MEANT TO MENTION VICKIE IM SURE YOU KNOW YOURSELF THAT SHES NOT HELPING JEFF AND THE ONLY REASON SHES IS WITH HIM IS FOR HIS DRUGS WHICH HE WILL HAVE TO TAKE PROBABLY FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE BUT ONLY IN A FASHION THAT IS NOT GOING TO PUT HIM IN THE SAME SITUATION HE WAS IN HE LOOKED GREAT WHEN HE LEFT LAST YEAR BUT VICKIE IS GETTING HIM IN THE SAME MANNER AS HE WAS WHEN THERE TOGETHER SHE PROBABLY USES HIS MONEY FOR DRUGS TAKES HIS DRUGS AND GETS HIM DRINKING WJILE THEY ARE ON DRUGS IF YOU COULD GET IT TRU TO HIM IM SURE HIS LIFE WOULD BE SO MUCH BETTER AND CONTROLLED.

  59. Sienna says:

    I think Dr Drew should be ashamed with himself for being affiliated with this show. It makes a total mockery of the rehabilitation process. A typical program, that will actually have positive results needs to be 3 months long not 3 weeks. these people have been using actively for at least 10 years and it makes me angry that he is leading the public to believe they can get help in just 3 weeks. Dr Drew is really setting these people up for relapse and failure for good tv, its sad.they are not able tto build a solid enough foundation in such a short amount of time. there is no way that someone who has been abusing opiates for 16 years plus can get clean after 3 weeks. also there is a thing called medical detox that moniters opiate with drawel, so you dont end up on the hallway floor. like i said its just so sad. rehab is nothing like what goes on in this show, there are no cell phones, participants or visitors after 3 days in real programs. this show makes rehab look like a 3 ring circus, when its actually the hardest thing you could possibly go through and something these people need to save their already fragile lives.

  60. May says:

    I am so proud of you all. Its hard but its worth it. always remember your life its #1 . and your not alone. You are showing many people who are afraid, to be STRONG

  61. Denise Cortez says:

    Dr.Drew,
    For the sake of good TV use individuals with traumatic brain injuries and let the cameras roll. Shame on you Doctor, your staff stands in their own ridiculous paralell universe of were so groovy, we slayed the dragon, we define ourselves by our former drug use and were cool. We talk at people who are in withdrawal because we think our words our pearls “blah blah” . I am so insulted by this sham and your ponitificating. Withdrawal is real Dr. Drew, and it takes a hell of alot longer to kick than three days. If it’s methadone 3 days and your not even touching the worst of it yet. FYI Amber when your kicking hard you don’t need to put fingers down your throat your dry heaving and @“!#&~$(!`_**(+ ting all over ;yourself at the same time. Thats why there is medical detox. Also be truthful about how long it will be to get 6 hours of sleep, to not suffer extreme anxiety and deep depression, oh I forget your work miracles 3 weeks and WOW!! Your a fraud with a TV Hollywood likabillity factor, so you get to put Bussey, King, and the other musician with brain injury so people will watch just like they watch car wrecks. Oh please the Jeff and Vicky thing, are you kidding me please. Maybe if you had a staff that knew they are no longer 20 and got a haircut , and maybe combed their hair they could enlighten you on Vicky wanting air time, her ick factor, and she is with Jeff becuase he is her trick Daddy has the sack DUH!! Dam I wish I could speak to you , just shame on your didn’t you take an oath first do no harm?

  62. Denise says:

    If I read one more ignorent uninformed commet about Bussey “He has brain damage” do you understand this. His behaviour is due to a lack of impluse control . When he does bizarre things thats why. Please do your homework abouty TBI “Traumatic Brain Injury” The guitar player also has brain damage. That’s why this show is just shameful. Please learn and than make ridiculours comments.

  63. Mark says:

    I wish Dr. Drew would address the issue of how one with chronic pain (Jeff) who is addicted to opioids can treat their pain. Also, it would be ideal for him to discuss the difference between psychological addiction and physical dependence. Many people do not understand the difference. Even people with pain who experience physical withdrawals due to not taking their meds on time think they’re addicted when they may not be but are physically dependent. These are two completely different issues. The undertreatment of chronic pain remains a public health issue in the US and worldwide and as a result people suffer unnecessarily. Ignorance is the disease and education the only cure.

  64. gg says:

    I wish this season he had another strict pot addict on again. I thought that was different and interesting last season. Great show all around in spite of that.

  65. Sober7 says:

    As a recovering addict/alcholic I find this show annoying. This Jeff person and Gary Busey seem to love to grandstand These boys need to man up and take thier sobriety seriously, not to use this show as a pathetic attempt to revive thier sorry careers.I fear that thier behavoir will distract the others who seem to really want help. I get the wonderful opportunity to work with other addicts and to watch them grow and gather strngth in thier sobriety, this is a true blessing. Maybe you should do a show with the folks who are serious about getting sober, the ones who really want it, in stead of the ridiculous and embarrasing to watch Gary and Jeff show.

  66. Kim says:

    Good luck to all of you and God speed in your recovery.
    Work the steps. Forgive yourself. Let go and Let GOD
    Always remember, This too shall pass- and it does, I am living proof. Getting sober was the hardest thing I have ever had to walk through, but the life I live now was worth it.

    Sobriety Rocks hang in there and you will see!

  67. Laveen says:

    2nd episode wasnt too great to watch if it wasnt for Dr. Drew i would ave changed the channel. Gary needs to pack his bags and go home if you are not suffering from drug/alcohol addiction then its not the place for you another person who is looking for help can bethere not somebody who is wasting time and starting drama at the center.I cannot believe they allowed Vicky to be at the same place as Jeff. The staff should be a little more professional. Good luck to everyone in there and i cant wait until the new Thursday episode. Please stop the tidius fights and just get sober

  68. jenniluv says:

    OMG…this show is hysterically funny, painfully sad, and so close to my heart. I am a recovering addict….and I do believe that humor and having people around you who truely care about your sobriety is imperitive. I can’t wait to tune in weekly…Gary is hilarious, while Jeff and his girlfriend are terribly annoying, all around still informative and entertaining at the same time. I wish I could receive therapy from Dr. Drew……He is so HOTTTTTTT!

  69. jenniluv says:

    oh and finally when I went to rehab in Caliornia…I too found that they did not allow caffiene but did allow smoking…that is silly…i do not smoke however I do drink diet coke…perhaps if I were allowed to still have my coke…..maybe rehab would have been easier and more successful. smoking in rehab>>>>>RIDICULOUS>>>>>>>

  70. rockbabe says:

    I think Gary is in the wrong place. I am heartbroken to hear about Steven’s life at 11 and how his mother stole from him. I saw him play at rocklahoma 08 he looked so good with a great smile. I hope things are going well for him now.

  71. Kristin says:

    I can’t believe that people cant’ take responsibility for their actions. I’m in pain. I hate life. These people have had everytihng handend to them. Im just a simple person.

  72. Knot2Nite says:

    I have a friend (does that still work?), that is trying to move on with life, and I don’t see how picking at old scabs is a big part of the “cure” for addiction.
    And if you’re gonna pick at Mr. King’s beating as the reason for addiction, the guy was already drinking when he got nailed by the cops. He tells us he was celebrating that nite.
    Would people watch this program if there were no has beens or wannabe’s on here. Probably.
    The A&E Intervention program seems to be doing well. (As much as my friend doesn’t approve of the ambush method)
    And watching some gal on the floor with her fingers (looks like she knows what she’s doing bulemiawise) down her throat doesn’t want to make my friend run to rehab…anywhere!

  73. talula says:

    i really like the show but I find myself angry that you have to be rich to be better..what about all the thousands and thousands of people suffering from addiction and pain that cant get a lick of help cause they have no insurance or cash to throw around. Maybe you should consider doing a rehab show for real live poor broke people….the middle class is the back bone of society and yet middle to poor you cant get a break….i guess rich addicts get to get health while the rest of us suffer….I wish all the people on the show sobriety i bet it will feel Great…..

  74. Laura says:

    I am a recovering addict feb,1 2009 I will have 4 years my drug of choice was heroin..It took me to go to prison to finally realize there was and always had been a better way. I am 46 years old i am finally doing life on lifes terms..Your show is wonderful at first I thought it was going to all fake…Well watching Amber go threw her withdrawls is taking me back… in my mind reminding me of how truley grateful I am for sobriety..and steven is also amazing to hear and watch I pray for you all DR> DREW your really cool dude what a way to bring addiction issues to the forefront..You are GREAT… keep the faith thanks for more inspiration…. I am now in college my second year to become a addiction specialist….. May god bless you all and keep you well.. I am praying for the obsession and compulsion to be lifted from each and everyone of you..

  75. steve says:

    Dr. Pinsky,
    I’m a doctroral physical therapy student and am intriigued at some of the common physical manifestations I see in several of your patients. Primarily, Jeff and Steven in particular and Amber’s mother all seem to have similar voices and a lower jaw thrust that seems more than coincidental. Is there a medical reason for this? I’m very interested in chronic pain relief and management. Is chronic pain a major contributing factor to the addictive patients you see?
    Also, I’d really appreciate it if you’d not refer to the yoga instructor as someone who dispenses physical therapy (unless she’s a physical therapist also). It’s my understanding that yoga instructors are typically not qualified to perform differential diagnosis and musculoskeletal/neurologic @!_%^!_&+$~($~* essments.
    Thanks for reading.

    Steve

  76. Paige says:

    I was very disturbed by Jeff’s behavior in the episode last night. Why was he allowed to hold every one else hostage by his behavior. If he wanted to leave he should have walked out the door right then. I have been puzzeled by him since the first celebrity rehab he was in.

  77. Jennifer says:

    why does it look like the celebrities are always grinding their teeth when the camera is moving off of them? sometimes you can see them in the background doing this and their eyes are rolling also. are they given a specific medication?

  78. annie cummins says:

    First of all, Iove the show, but I have to agree with someone named talula who posted a comment on Nov. 8th. There isn’t nearly enough help to the middle to lower class people who are addicts. Dr. Drew, what do you think and/or do about this? And I heard you on the radio a couple of years ago and you said you did not agree with treating patients with suboxone, why? I can understand why you wouldn’t use methadone it is a horrible drug and should be against the law but I am a recovering addict and suboxone is what helped me to get clean. I also found out I had a major hormone problem and my doctor told me that it probably had a lot to do with my addiction. I have been on certain hormones and medication for almost a year now and you wouldn’t believe the difference. I think that hormone inbalance could be a major contributor to people with addiction and i never hear anyone talk about it. Maybe it should be looked into further.

  79. Terrie Bulkin says:

    Dr. Drew,.
    I have seen the episode with Steven & his mother. The issues he has with his mother are heart wrenching and will never, ever go away. I am 61 yrs. old, my mother died last year at 87. She never saw how she abused me emotionally. I didn’t realize she was the problem until I was 50 years old. that’s when I sought counciling. I was fortunate to find a celebrated psycologist and told him my story – which is very similar to Steven’s. I talked for 45 min. straight, while his jaw hung open and his head moved back & forth. Then he said something to me that changed my life. He said, “As your doctor, I am ordering you to stay completely away from your mother, she can still do additional damage to you”. For the first time in my life, someone with knowledge & wisdom told me, all of this pain I had been through my entire life was not my fault. I wish you would give that gift to Steven. I think he desperately needs someone to acknowlerdge what his mother has done to him. He is going to have to learn to deal with this for the rest of his life and it’s not easy. I can clearly see his mother is not capable of understanding what on earth she has done. It’s just not going to happen. He needs to learn to how to live with that, and knowing he did not cause this willl be the only thing he has to hold on to. I still struggle with it every day of my life. Each day I must talk myself into not allowing my mother to make one more day of my life miserable.

  80. Evelyn says:

    I really like the show. It delves into the patients past which is a must for recovery. Like others who have written the middle class and poor people need the same help. I also think that people watching might relate to it even more, like the show intervention. I was disturbed though of a comment by, I think Dr. Sophy, about people needing to have sex. I had a counselor who, with this outlook, helped my husband to continue to sexually abuse me. I think he, Dr. Sophy, was using it as a way to help a patient that other issues were hampering her ability to have a close intamite relationshp, including sex, with her new husband. Helping someone to want to have a positive sexual relationship is different than saying that a person needs to have sex.

  81. rrpostal says:

    @annie `%!%%#!&(~(^@`) mings
    Why would you be for suboxone and against methadone (which is horrible and should be illegal)? I certainly don’t think you should be forced to take it any more than forced to take suboxone or participate in forced religion (12 step). I’m really glad that suboxone works for you, but you are doing the very thing to methadone that you are mad at Drew for doing to suboxone. MMT works for many people and has been used safely for years. it’s also a serious medication and should be treated as such. People who “play” with it are putting themselves in danger. The only real difference between sub treatment and mmt is there is not yet a false stigma. It operates exactly the same way by replacing the euphoric short acting opiates with longer acting opiates that keep the body from the ups and downs of active opiate abuse.

    I can at least understand people like Drew who are competently puritanical, abstinence or death 12 step types. I don’t agree, but I see their reasoning. But I don’t see at all how you can be for one replacement opiate and against another just because it may or may not work for any given individual? I think we should have as many options as possible. Because despite Dr Drew and AA propaganda, 12 step obviously does NOT work for a majority of addicts, because there isn’t an addict alive who hasn’t tried 12 stepping. But maybe they just don’t try hard enough, right?

  82. patrick says:

    We do recover.
    Yesterday is done and will not ,return tomorrow is a fantasy and does not exhist ,only today matters ,the truth is the only reality or ###`!^+%_!)!+@% urance that will keep us alive and clean.
    Being clean for myself is the only thing that works for me ,everything else comes after that.
    Just for today I will focus on my recovery ,and my friends in recovery ,becouse we can do it together.

  83. HAPPY says:

    I AGREE WITH SOME OF THE OTHERS, THE MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE THAT DO NOT HAVE INSURANCE NOR BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WHO NEED REHAB SHOULD BE ABLE TO RECV IT. AND, THEY SHOULD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE THE SAME CARE AS THE WEALTHY & THE CELEBS RECEIVE. SOME PEOPLE WANT TO PREACH REHAB, RECOVERY& STAYING CLEAN-EXPLAIN HOW TO DO SO WHEN YOU DONT LIVE IN HOLLYWOOD OR YOU DO NOT HAVE LOTS OF MONEY.REHAB IS EXPENSIVE- I KNOW B/C IVE BEEN! AND,MY EXPERIENCE WAS THEY WERE MORE CONCERENED ABOUT HOW MUCH MONEY MY INSURANCE COULD GIVE THEM AS WELL AS ME. I KNOW NOTHING IS FREE, H’EVER THERE ARE LOTS OF PEOPLE WHO NEED REHAB.THESE DAYS MOST GENERAL DOCS DONT WANT TO BE INVOLVED&HELP YOU AS FAR AS TAPERING YOU OFF THE MEDS THEY PUT U ON.PRESP MEDS HAVE REALLY BECOME POPULAR-THE THING I DONT UNDERSTAND IS:IF UR AN ALCOHOLIC,U CAN DRINK LEGAL ALL DAY,H’EVER IF U NEED OR TAKE CERTAIN PRESP MEDS,UR TOLD WHEN&HOW MUCH U CAN GET&TAKE.AT THE END OF THE DAY-THEY BOTH(ALCOHOL&PRESP MEDS) CAN MAKE YOU HIGH. IT DEPENDS ON UR ‘FLAVOR’OF CHOICE..IF U DRINK ALCOHOL,U CAN DRINK ALL DAY.IF U TAKE/NEED CERTAIN PRESP MEDS ITS A DIFFERENT THING. HAPPY

  84. joey nap says:

    What a bunch of cry baby losers. I say let them all die of there addiction, who realy gives a crap about these people. This show just gives people an insite how screwed up and pathetic celeberties are. I do not feel sorry for any of these media ~+**(@~`%)&_*)_$^ s. Losers, losers, and more losers.

  85. Meri says:

    Hi. My name is Meri. I live in Nashville, Tn. I don’t know Mindy McCready personally, but I know she has had some people in this town take advantage of her voulunabilty. She has been fighting all kinds of crazy addictions for years and just last night was found trying to kill herself for the second time. She needs you Dr Drew. She is at Centennial Hospital in Nashville as we speek. She was a country rising star with a number one hit in the late 90′s. She has had controversy in her life with an affair with Roger Clemmins, as well as a abusive husband, DWI”s arrests, forging documents for Rx scipts. Please help her. It is soooo very timely that you get to her. She is on her last leg, I fear.
    Just trying to help. Love you show. Thanks. Meri Fultz

  86. becs says:

    i need help

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