Sober House: Coming Soon to VH1

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The second season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew is over, but the Rehabbers’ lives are just beginning. VH1 will document their continued effort to stay sober in a new spin-off, Celebrity Rehab Presents Sober House, premiering Thursday, Jan. 15 at 10/9c. Full press release below:

At the end of the first season of VH1’s Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew, each cast member was given the opportunity to spend three months living in a sober house as they transitioned from a rehab facility to the real world and many of them quietly took advantage of the opportunity. The cast from season two are also being given that same opportunity…and this time it will be filmed.

Celebrity Rehab Presents Sober House is an eight-episode, one hour series that is set to premiere on Thursday, January 15 at 10pm. Moving into the Sober House will be Rodney King, Nikki McKibbin, Steven Adler and Amber Smith from Season 2 of Celebrity Rehab, Seth “Shifty” Binzer and Mary Carey from Season 1 and comedian Andy Dick who will join the show a few episodes in.

Returning from Celebrity Rehab to help Dr. Drew in the Sober House is counselor Bob Forrest and program assistant, William Smith. Joining them will be resident “house mother,” Jennifer Gimenez who has battled her own drug and alcohol demons. Jennifer, an actress in her own right who has starred in such films as Blow and Vanilla Sky, will live at Sober House to keep everyone on the clean and sober path to a healthy and successful life.

For two seasons, Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew chronicled celebrity patients as they underwent an intensive 21-day detoxification and rehab program through group and one-on-one therapies as well as non-traditional therapies like art and music.

Dr. Drew is a board certified addictionologist, the Service Director of the Chemical Dependency Program/Residential Treatment Center at Las Encinas Hospital, a staff member at Huntington Memorial Hospital, continues to run a private practice and is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Keck USC School of Medicine. He once again gives viewers an unflinching look at exactly how the rehab process works and what it feels like for participants. Dr. Drew hopes to use his celebrity patients to humanize the process and show viewers that treatment is a viable way to break the cycle of addiction.

Celebrity Rehab Presents Sober House will chronicle the dramatic, unscripted experiences of a group of celebrity addicts as they make the transition back into the real world full of the people and things that once led them into a life of addiction. The sober living house is an interim step on the path to sobriety where addicts can live in a supervised sober environment with structure and rules, i.e. mandatory curfews, chores and meetings. It’s a place where addicts, most of which have spent the better part of their life in the throes of an addiction will learn how to essentially start their lives over from the ground up. In some cases, the addicts change everything from their jobs to their friends and for some they make the very difficult decision to eliminate the people they love who are toxic to their sobriety.

Throughout the course of their stay, the Sober House cast members will have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Drew in both one on one and group sessions in an effort to understand and advance their experience to its fullest potential. Although not living at the house, Dr. Drew and his staff will keep a watchful eye over all that goes on.

In the end viewers will witness the struggles of these celebrity patients as they experience the pressures of daily life with their sobriety hanging by a thread, forcing many of them to act out in various ways as they strive to find recovery and the road to a much happier fulfilling life.

Featured throughout the series will be several songs from the group, The Script, (Epic/Phonogenic) who are currently the biggest breaking new band of 2008 in both the UK and their native Ireland. Songs featured, will be off of their self titled U.S. debut album which is currently available digitally and will be released in stores on March 17. Viewers first heard their music when their song, “Before The Worst” was featured in the super trailer for Celebrity Rehab Presents Sober House during the season finale of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.

Additionally, VH1.com will launch a sneak peek of the first episode on Friday, January 9 before the on-air premiere. Subsequent episodes will be available on VH1.com following their on-air premiere. For more information on “Sober House,” please log onto http://www.vh1.com/shows/dyn/sober_house/series.jhtml.

During our finale interview with Dr. Drew, we took the opportunity to ask him what to expect from Sober House. His answers are below:

What can we expect from Sober House?

Now the group is leaving a medically managed environment and going to live on their own. They have to find jobs, they have to make an after-care plan, they have to figure out where their lives are going, they have to establish a program of recovering, they have to navigate through Hollywood, which is a treacherous environment. In the meantime, Bob and I keep seeing them in treatment as outpatients. We see them everyday or two. You’ll meet the house manager, Jennifer Gimenez, who’s a sober person herself. She has a big job on her hands. The experience is very evocative for her.

Out of all the cast, you haven’t treated Andy Dick before.

He comes in midway. He has a crisis and he wants me to treat him. I tell him, “I’m filming a TV show, I can’t,” and he says, “Well, I’ll come there, then.” He came in and that was that. He did a great job. He was great.

Mary Carey’s back on VH1. That’s a good thing.

Her thing is struggling with the complete and tremendous changes she has to make in her life. My relationship with her is marked by vivid moments, and we had one in treatment during this show. She leaned forward and said, “Drew, you want me to change everything.” I said, “Yeah, I don’t see you staying sober if you don’t change your life.” And she said, “Oh, I don’t know if I can do that.” I get it, all right. We’ll work on it.

What about the rest of the cast?

Steven Adler and Seth have major problems. Some stuff happens. Some really intense stuff. Rodney is great, as always. Amber has her moments of struggling. Nikki does great, she gets with the program on this one. This show is really different from Rehab. It’s a whole new journey. It’s a lower level of care. More independence means more opportunity for antics.

Remember, Celebrity Rehab Presents Sober House, premieres Thursday, Jan. 15 at 10/9c.

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