Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew

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  • 2008
  • 6 Seasons
  • 5.9  (1,409)

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.

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Seasons
Graduation
11. Graduation
November 18, 2012
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.
Preparing for the Real World
10. Preparing for the Real World
November 11, 2012
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.
Family Weekend
9. Family Weekend
November 4, 2012
When the patients reunite with their families, Ashleigh shares a secret with her mother and an irritable Drewbee threatens to end his treatment.
Facing the Past
8. Facing the Past
October 28, 2012
Ashleigh's seizure continues and she's rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. Deanna reveals a traumatic experience from her past, inspiring another patient to reveal a secret she's never told.
Things Get Worse Before They Get Better
7. Things Get Worse Before They Get Better
October 21, 2012
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 Halfway Point
6. The Halfway Point
October 14, 2012
The patients start to have successes as they approach the halfway point, yet dramas surround Drewbee.
Anger Management
5. Anger Management
October 7, 2012
The tension between Eric and Ashleigh continues. Meanwhile, Erika confronts Jasmen, who is in denial about the seriousness of her addiction.
Tapering Off
4. Tapering Off
October 3, 2012
As the staff begins tapering off the detox medication, the patients start struggling with their emotions.
Awakening Emotions
3. Awakening Emotions
September 30, 2012
As the effects of the drugs weaken, the patients must deal with their explosive emotions.
Detox
2. Detox
September 23, 2012
The patients struggle as detox begins, but especially Ashleigh. Later, 3 new patients check in.
Intake
1. Intake
September 16, 2012
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.
Description

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 series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (62 episodes). The series first aired on January 10, 2008.

Where to Watch Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew

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 Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    January 10, 2008
  • IMDB Rating
    5.9  (1,409)