LOS ANGELES, June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- VH1 has once again partnered with
Dr. Drew Pinsky for a second season of the hit reality series "Celebrity
Rehab with Dr. Drew." The series, consisting of eight one-hour episodes, is
slated to premiere October 2008.
Similar to the first cycle, the second season of "Celebrity Rehab with
Dr. Drew" will follow the real-life experiences of celebrity patients
undergoing detoxification and treatment at a center in the Los Angeles
area. The show will follow Jeff Conaway as he checks back into rehab after
a series of back surgeries, setbacks and subsequent reliance on pain
medications. Joining him in rehab are Sean Stewart (Sons of Hollywood),
Amber Smith (model/actress), Rodney King, Nikki McKibbon (American Idol),
Steven Adler (Guns N' Roses) and Tawny Kitaen (Actress). Gary Busey, who is
13 years sober from his cocaine addiction, will also be joining the cast to
take the journey with the others and to share his experiences on the
The series will chronicle the patients' intensive 21-day program with
both group and one-on-one therapy and non-traditional therapies like art
and music. Returning to the show to help Dr. Drew are drug counselor Bob
Forrest and resident technician Shelly Sprague who have each spent years on
both sides of the rehab fence. Dr. Drew is also bringing in some additional
prominent physicians to help him give the patients supplementary one-on-one
care. The patients' families will also be more involved with their recovery
programs and, in some cases, will receive treatment themselves. After they
completed the program, the patients will be strongly encouraged to continue
their treatment in a sober living facility or treatment center for at least
three months at VH1's expense.
Dr. Drew is a highly respected practicing MD and assistant clinical
professor at KECK USC School of Medicine, who will once again give 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.
"Over the course of the first season we were inundated with positive
feedback about the series from our viewers and those in the rehab
community. Dr. Drew is a powerful, positive force for those seeking
recovery and I am quite simply amazed not only by the quality of his
medical care, but for how much Drew and his team truly care about the
people they are treating," said Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President,
Original Programming and Production, VH1. "This series is a deeply
transformative emotional experience in front of the cameras and behind the
scenes for everyone involved and I believe it resonates with the viewers
because the stakes are so high and the journey is so very human."
While most people know Dr. Drew as the host of the syndicated radio
show Loveline and the MTV show of the same name, Dr. Drew is a medical
doctor on staff at Huntington Hospital, a board certified addictionologist
and medical director of the chemical dependency unit at Las Encinas
Hospital in Pasadena, where he has been treating addicts for over 20 years.
Although he is an associate professor of clinical psychiatry at the KECK
USC School of Medicine, he is not a psychologist or psychiatrist. His book,
Cracked: Putting Broken Lives Together Again (Harper-Collins,) is all about
what treating addicts is like from a caretaker's perspective. Dr. Drew
co-authored the first academic study on celebrities and narcissism. The
study was published in the Journal of Research in Personality (Elsevier) in
September 2006, and is the first systematic, empirical scholarly study of
celebrity personality. Dr. Drew can also be heard during the day Monday
thru Friday on the nationally syndicated radio show "Dr. Drew Live."
As it did in the first season, VH1 will present on-air PSA's about
addiction and the possibilities of recovery as well as online resources for
those in need of assistance.
"Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew" is executive produced by John Irwin and
Damian Sullivan for Irwin Entertainment. Dr. Drew Pinsky and Howard Lapides
are also executive producing. Jeff Olde, Jill Holmes, and Noah Pollack are
executive producers for VH1.
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