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Television is awash in reality programs, but there may be none as earthy as Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. The hour-long weekly program follows celebrities and other well-known individuals as they attempt to overcome various forms of substance abuse under the guidance of Dr. Drew Pinsky.

Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew was born out of concern by Dr. Pinsky that substance abuse had grown into a tabloid media sensation, with excessive attention being given to celebrity addicts and not enough to the issue of addiction itself. The emphasis of the program is therefore on the treatment of substance abuse. Early casting reportedly ran into problems because of resistance by the representatives of celebrities. The concern was over the showing of public figures in ways that were radically different from how they were normally seen.

The program employs multiple camera crews that separately follow eight or nine patients through rehabilitation over the course of each season. The patients are recorded 24 hours a day, every day of the three-week program. Cameras without crews are also set up to capture events that may occur in more private settings. Microphones are even set up in restrooms used by the patients should they attempt to secretly satisfy their addictions. The patients receive a salary in addition to the treatment, which is free to them. The treatment takes place at the Pasadena, California, Recovery Center.

Dr. Pinsky, who is an internist and specialist in addiction medicine, had previously gained fame as a syndicated radio host dedicated to helping young adults deal with various issues. His assistants on his TV show include technicians, a counselor and a psychiatrist.

Producers had during the first season sought actor Tom Sizemore, who had received considerable publicity for his various addictions, and although this attempt was unsuccessful, he did appear in the third season of the program. Other celebrities who have appeared on the show include actor Daniel Baldwin, who had struggled with addiction to cocaine, former basketball player Dennis Rodman, an abuser of alcohol, and former model Janice Dickinson, who had used both cocaine and alcohol.

Some experts in addiction have criticized the techniques used by Dr. Pinsky. Two celebrities, actor Jeff Conaway and musician Mike Starr, died from the effects of their substance abuse after appearing on the program. However, Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew has drawn praise from others, including some addiction specialists.

Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew is a Reality series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (62 episodes). The series first aired on January 10, 2008. It has moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1.

Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew is available for streaming on the VH1 website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew on demand at VH1 Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, iTunes, VH1 online.

Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on VH1
6 Seasons, 62 Episodes
January 10, 2008
Cast: Drew Pinsky, Jaimee Foxworth, Chyna, Mackenzie Phillips, Amber Smith
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Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Full Episode Guide

  • With graduation looming, tensions on the unit reach a boiling point. In a heartfelt graduation, Dr. Drew and the patients give their hopes, wishes and fears as this journey comes to an end.

  • Dr. Drew heads off Drewbee and persuades the troubled addict to return to treatment. Erika's boyfriend Stefanos calls the center intoxicated and Erika recognizes that she must make a difficult choice.

  • When the patients reunite with their families, Ashleigh shares a secret with her mother and an irritable Drewbee threatens to end his treatment.

  • Lead Counselor Bob Forrest finds Eric walking aimlessly through the streets of Pasadena, and he convinces him to return. Deanna's boyfriend Angel is released from prison in NY after a three year sentence, but what should be a happy reunion is cut short. Eric's mother and aunt visit from Boston for a heart-breaking therapy session.

  • The patients start to have successes as they approach the halfway point, yet dramas surround Drewbee.

  • The tension between Eric and Ashleigh continues. Meanwhile, Erika confronts Jasmen, who is in denial about the seriousness of her addiction.

  • As the staff begins tapering off the detox medication, the patients start struggling with their emotions.

  • As the effects of the drugs weaken, the patients must deal with their explosive emotions.

  • The patients struggle as detox begins, but especially Ashleigh. Later, 3 new patients check in.

  • Addiction specialist Dr. Drew returns to the Pasadena Recovery Center for a sixth season, but this time, he and his staff have opened the rehab doors to everyday Americans struggling with addiction.

  • Updates with Sean Young, Dwight Gooden, Jessica Kiper, and Steven Adler 150 days after discharge.

  • Dr. Drew and his head councilor Bob Forrest look back on Season Five and see how Bai Ling, Michael Lohan, Jeremy Jackson, and Amy Fisher are coping out in the real world, 150 days after discharge.

  • Patients read their good-bye letters they've written to their addictions out loud in a group session prior to their graduation.

  • As graduations approaches, aftercare is discussed.

  • The patients are revved up following an emotional family weekend, and Dr. Drew does his best to turn their heartache into a learning experience. Amy and her husband Lou meet with Dr. Drew to discuss her adult film career, and Michael Lohan has an explosive argument with Kate Major that leads to devastating consequences.

  • Dr. Drew discovers Bai Ling suffered severely from the Chinese military generals when she was young. Later, the patients go to a non-profit organization that helps treat addicts.

  • Steven Adler is relentless in his abusive verbal attack on Amy Fisher for her refusal to identify as an addict. Meanwhile, Dwight Gooden shows remorse for how he's neglected his children for drugs, and he makes an emotional apology to his oldest son. The patients get a somber visit from a family who has lost a child to addiction.

  • Jessica "Sugar" Kiper from seasons 17 and 20 of Survivor, enrolls in treatment for a severe addiction to alcohol and marijuana. Meanwhile the rest of the patients are sobering up and painful emotions are beginning to surface. Actress Sean Young struggles with guilt and embarrassment over her damaged acting career, and Steven Adler becomes enraged with Amy Fisher for refusing to identify as an addict.

  • As the treatment process begins, a new patient, famous Major League Baseball pitcher Dwight "Doc" Gooden enters the program. Meanwhile, Amy Fisher threatens to quit rehab. Actress Bai Ling refuses to take her prescribed psychiatric medication and she ends up hiding from the staff and climbing on the roof of the Pasadena Recovery Center.

  • In the fifth season premiere, Addiction specialist Dr. Drew faces the intense task of helping a new group of celebrity patients in their quest for sobriety.

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