VH1 Heads Back to Rehab With Dr. Drew Pinsky for a Second Season of 'Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew'

Groundbreaking Project Returns to Help Additional Celebrities in a Series

Set to Premiere on VH1 October 2008

Jun 10, 2008, 01:00 ET from VH1

    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
 recovery process.
     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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