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Jennifer Gimenez Talks Rehab With Dr. Drew Episode 2

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Each week on Rehab With Dr. Drew, we’ll be talking to some of the staff on hand at the Pasadena Recovery Center to find out everything that went down in front of and behind the camera with this season’s group of patients. This week we spoke to our friend Jennifer Gimenez, the resident technician at the facility who had battled demons on her own, and she offered up her insight and some behind-the-scenes details about The three new additions to the cast and Deanna’s 911 health scare.

This week we met three new patients, and I’d like to get your first impressions of all of them, so why don’t we start with Cinnamon, a.k.a. Jasmen.

Let me start by saying this: I think the whole dynamic of this new crew is that there’s a lot of disassociation, a lot of disconnect with what their true reality is. That’s how they survive and that’s their coping mechanism. So you see someone like Jasmen, and when she walks in she’s calling herself Cinnamon. And when she came in she was really funny. And that’s a mechanism for her, to be funny and lighthearted, but she says it like it is and I was thinking “Oh, God, this girl is gonna take me down.” The thing with Jasmen, is that how she’s been able to cope. And what you see from her now is not really what you’re going to see later on down the road. She has a trust issue and I immediately spotted it and she and I clicked right away, I was fortunate enough to gain some respect from her, and I’m honored to say her trust factor with me was high. But you will definitely see a lot unravel with her. She’s not a bad person, but she’s had to cope with a lot to survive. She’s a very, very fragile patient.

Heather also is repressing a lot of issues herself and using the humor and smiling to cope with her past.

Yeah, I think Heather’s an interesting one. I felt like Heather — she was really sick and she had gone into treatment a couple days before joining us and when she came in, she had a lot of disassociation and with her long-term using, that’s her coping mechanism and it was much harder to bring her out and get all that stuff through. I think because she has been suppressed for so, so long. Sometimes you either go crazy and get loud when you’re upset, or sometimes you go into that smile and numbness, and that’s just as intense but that’s where she was. There was a lot lot lot LOT of stuff going on with Heather, and not just what happened to her as a teenager, it’s stuff that stems from childhood as well, and with Heather, she just presents herself differently.

And then there’s Drewbee. Did you guys call him Drew or Drewbee?

Well, okay, back to Jasmen for a second, she came in as Cinnamon and I finally asked her “What’s your real name?” even though I already knew it, but she told me it was Jasmen, and I was like, “Great, okay, Jasmen,” and she was like “NO one ever calls me Jasmen!” and I was like “Really, Jasmen?” I think it’s important to learn to identify to the real you. It’s really important to identify to your real name because you can create different characters.

Now, with Drew, he comes in as Drewbee and when he walked in…it was like, oh, God, this is going to be the longest night of my life. I knew, first of all, that he was loaded, and it was a shock because everyone else had already started the detox process, and he comes in loud and with a big personality, he has a lot of issues. It was interesting to watch him unfold and unwind. I was there calming the rest of the patients down, Eric was like “Jenn! What’s going on I don’t like him!” and I was like, you guys, you came in looking like that but just a little different. I just was trying to make everyone accept him. But when it came time for him to go to bed, he came running down the hall screaming to me “They’re out there!” and he could hear and see things, and I have been there before myself with hallucinations, I understood his withdrawal. I had to sit with him and finally after a few hours it all calmed down. That’s something you guys didn’t get to see.

Eric definitely had a problem with Drewbee at first and complained that he came in acting like a celebrity, is that because he was still under the influence, or do you think he was trying to work it for the cameras in order to get noticed?

I understand what you’re saying and I don’t think he came in as a character to be noticed, he just came in because that’s who he is. You can tell in the film that was shot months prior with his father, he’s off his rocker. You will see more of his behavior unfold.

With Deanna and the 911 call, I was wondering if you thought that her symptoms were typical withdrawal symptoms or if she was overreacting, or if you really were concerned that she was having a heart attack?

She had been complaining all day, and in fact her symptoms had gone on for a few days, and that night she had been panicking and shaking really badly. I kept checking her blood pressure and I gave her her medication and nothing would calm her down and her heart rate kept going faster and faster. She kept complaining about her heart and that was my concern, she was breathing heavily and finally she was like “Oh my God, it felt like my heart stopped,” and when someone says these things, you can’t play with that. It was definitely scary for her in that moment.


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Jennifer Gimenez Talks Rehab With Dr. Drew Episode One

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Rehab With Dr. Drew

Each week on Rehab With Dr. Drew, we’ll be talking to some of the staff on hand at the Pasadena Recovery Center to find out everything that went down in front of and behind the camera with this season’s group of patients. This week we spoke to our friend Jennifer Gimenez, the resident technician at the facility who had battled demons on her own, and she offered up her insight and some behind-the-scenes details about meeting the brand new group.

Episode one —

Let me tell you, I was bawling for probably sixty percent of the whole, entire show.

Because you were affected as a viewer, or because you got to know the patients so well?

Both. Because I know these people and we have such an intense relationship and we all bonded — all of us, including Bob, Shelly, Dr. Sharp, everyone — you know, they’re human beings, and when you see what they’ve gone through, you’re like, oh my gosh, this poor kid. Like, start with Eric, I love Eric, and when they went to film him and then here he is he’s getting out of jail, you can’t direct that, you can’t script that. It was just, oh my gosh, I can’t believe this. And then when he gets out and he needs that fix, God. I’ve been there. I never shot up, but I had moments where I was like “Mom! Not now!” and she knew exactly what I was doing. It was so heartbreaking. You really do see that he’s a level-ten addict.

Had you seen any of the footage of the patients before they entered treatment, like his arrest or the hard partying in all the other clips?
I saw some clips, but nothing like what’s on the show. I was really glad that they’re not holding back with the intensity though, this is what goes on in real life.

Was there anyone whose story affected you really personally?

I think Eric affected me on that level of the whole thing with his mom and asking her to get away, he just needs that one more fix to make it trough the night, I understand that. That affected me. I gotta tell you, the footage of Ashleigh, too, made me hysterically cry.

That alone feeling, that hopelessness and sadness, she is at the bottom of the barrel there and I’ve been there too. That one broke me. We can all be in a room with a million people and feel so alone, and that’s what the disease does and in recovery, you get to change that. It was like watching moments from my past. The footage was so raw. And when she came in, I saw this girl who could not stop shaking, and then I saw her progress. She really, really affected me. Michael‘s relationship with his family was also heartbreaking, how he feels so guilty with his parents and his sister and what he’s done, I think guilt, shame and remorse is what we’re always feeling, but he’s a sweetheart and his family is amazing, but sometimes too much love can hurt somebody too. We can enable people into a grave. Thank God for Michael, that’s not his story.

What about Deanna?

I”m close with her now, but the things that her mom said, I can understand maybe she was trying to give her tough love, but when you tell someone “That’s what you deserve,” about getting raped, I don’t agree with that. I don’t agree that anyone deserves abuse.

Dr. Drew said on the show that this is the sickest group you guys have ever worked with, what’s your take on that, how do they compare to past groups?

I’d say it’s 100% true, this is by far the sickest group, from the detoxes to the level of addiction. I mean, just look at Ashleigh, she’s so young, 30 or 31, and her liver is failing. She is so sick. A nineteen year old like Michael shooting forty bags a day of heroin, I mean, that’s pretty sick. You see me at the end of this episode holding Deanna’s hair back and the reason I don’t have my jacket on is because there’s vomit on it, and there was vomit in my hair, I mean, there was a lot of heavy withdrawal and you guys only saw one shot of it.

Since you’ve been through withdrawal, how do you feel seeing people go through it?

I know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. And I feel that we’re the light and we’re there for them to see that there is hope, and that’s where, professionally, I can get a little bit detached and I just tell them they’re gonna get through this and I know what it’s like. I knew they were going to be able to get through it if they just believed.


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“Escapism From Reality?” “Rehab with Dr. Drew” PREMIERES this Sunday Sept. 16th @8pm on VH1

“Escapism From Reality?” By Aung Munster (Via Garage-Girls.com)               

Reality TV.  It can be showcased well, or it can be deplorable. Either way, I thought the premise of television was for people to flock to it for escapism purposes-from reality. Yet ironically, it seems that reality shows are the most popular of TV show genres. There are reality shows about pawn shops, car impounds, storage units. There is even a show about people who hoard. What is it with our culture? We derive pleasure by watching others live in complete and utter filth. Living amidst dozens of empty pizza boxes; moldy food strewn about-and in one case…rotting cat corpses in the living room. Is this entertainment?

Shining the spotlight on the human breakdown, the disease riddled structure of civilization is far from entertainment. Or. Is it? Ratings suggest otherwise.

Which brings me to the mecca of all reality shows (as far as human depravity goes.) “Rehab with Dr.Drew.” No celebs this time around. Judging from the previews, the patients seem quite diverse. As do their addictions. Hopefully their motives are to seek help, and regain control of their lives. The irony is, they walk in relatively “unknowns” i.e.”non celebs.” As soon as this show airs-instant notoriety and dare I say, fame.  Like so many others before them, and inevitably many thereafter-it will be shortlived.

Along with that spotlight comes a camera crew, lighting and sound people etc. One has to wonder if in the end, it will be more destructive than beneficial to those directly involved. In a sense they are test subjects. Who will cave first? Which one will be the one to throw in the proverbial towel?

What we will witness may sicken us. We’ll cry with them. We’ll cheer for them. We’ll probably scream at our TV’s and at anyone in our immediate vicinity who dares to speak during an episode. We’ll want to turn away, but-we won’t dare avert our eyes.


There will be some familiar faces. Resident techs Jennifer Gimenez, Shelly Sprague and Bob Forrest will be along for the journey once again.  They’ve all been where these patients are; &they have all successfully ascended from their respective addictions.


In my opinion, (basing the following on last season) Jennifer had grounded the show. Not only has she battled and continually defeats (on a daily basis) her own demons, she is (as well as Bob& Shelly) a living representation to the patients and viewers, that sobriety is a viable option. It does work. Jennifer also brings compassion and fortitude to the show. She exudes strength, yet there is an underlying vulnerability-in the sense that she knows (despite the fact that she’s strong in her recovery) that she could be right back in the same situation as the people she is assisting. It’s quite the symbiotic relationship.


Fortunately Jennifer doesn’t have to be the sole authoritative figure. There is also Shelly, with her tough as nails demeanor, who often white knuckles restraint, while somehow simultaneously evoking calmness. She seems to be the voice of reason when patients exhibit unruly behavior.

Then there is Bob Forrest. He is, well-simply a badass. Highly respected; &he doesn’t command respect. It’s automatically given; & willfully.

As for Dr. Drew, he’s a force to be reckoned with; & a man with an incredible array of neckties.


So let me revert back to my original question. Are we voyeurs, fascinated because its entertainment-or because it may in fact mirror our own lives? Are we secretly longing for the answers to be revealed in between commercial breaks? I’m sorry to break this to you my friend. You probably won’t find the answers you are seeking. Why you ask? More times than not, the answers that you will find will more than likely only lead to more questions; &there are only so many episodes.


This new “cast” of patients will not only tug on our heartstrings, but I have a feeling that by the end of the season our hearts will be completely extracted.


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Jennifer Gimenez opens up about ‘Rehab’ and ‘Housewives’

By: Lindsay Cronin (Examiner.com)

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Jennifer Gimenez may be known to some as a reality star but she’s certainly not letting that brand her. Not only does Jenn have roles on shows such as Rehab with Dr. Drew and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, she has also been working on a memoir, appearing on CNN and Headline News, and she’s getting back into acting!

On Sunday, Jenn will be seen in this Sunday’s premiere of VH1‘s new series Rehab with Dr. Drew. Jenn is a rehabilitation technician and will be leading her knowledge and skills to aid Dr. Drew in helping addicts beat the fatal disease. The show is much like Celebrity Rehab but this time around, they will be helping non-celebrities which makes it pretty wild considering this cast has nothing to lose and no image to uphold.

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Jenn is certainly one of a kind — has there been any one else out there that can juggle two such dramatically different reality shows? Sure, there have been reality stars who have gotten spin-offs, but that’s one in the same.

In Jenn’s case, she is on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills which certainly can get a bit out of hand, but not necessary in a dangerous, life-changing way. For example, during a party that her best friend Brandi Glanville was throwing, cast mate Taylor Armstrong had a complete emotional break-down which lead most of her cast mates getting involved in a yelling match — it wasn’t pretty.

Of her gig on Housewives, Jenn explains, “It was let loose time for me. I get to say things that are kind of funny or whatever, and you’re allowed to do that there.” While she stays true to herself on Rehab as well, it’s more of a working environment.

“On Housewives, even though there was drama, it was a lot less dramatic. I’m talking about saving lives on Rehab, I’m talking about helping people and showing them that they should give themselves a chance to live and that they are worthy of it.”

To see Jennifer Gimenez at work and saving lives on Rehab with Dr. Drew, tune in to VH1 every Sunday night at 8/7c. As for her return to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, that will be seen later this year.


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A Pre-Season Chat: Rehab With Dr. Drew Star Jennifer Gimenez Is All About Dreaming Big

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For the past couple of seasons on Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew, and now Rehab With Dr. Drew, we’ve had a weekly chat with Pasadena Recovery Center resident technician Jennifer Gimenez, who often gives us inside details and incredible insight into the show. An actress and former addict herself, Jennifer splits her time between her appearances on Rehab, a stint as an occasional guest on The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills, an author, a talk show host, and somehow she also still finds time to act, although she tells us it was hard road back to Hollywood. Before we get into the nitty gritty of Rehab next week, here’s our talk where she tells me everything she’s been up to and how she’s basically a testament to the power of “dreaming big.” Rehab With Dr. Drew premieres Sunday, September 16.

You have a lot of stuff beyond just Rehab happening for you these days, can you walk me through what you’ve been through since last season?

Since last year since the show ended, I didn’t realize so much change was about to occur. I remember last January 2011 I was like “God, I’m so tired of being stuck,” and I just felt like I was stuck in my life. And I went “I’m ready for you to change this,” and I didn’t realize you better be careful what you pray for. I really didn’t realize that it was going to be like I was going to lose everything yet gain more foundation and more of me through that experience. One of  the things I wanted to do in my recovery was to rent a room and then move into my own my own place and do all that stuff, but I ended up moving in with my best friend Brandi, who’s on the Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills. So then I was like going down red carpets and people were like “What’s your next project?” and I was like “I’m acting again,” and it was funny because there wasn’t an agent’s assistant of an assistant of an assistant that would let me go into the door of an agency , and they were like “You’re just a reality girl,” kind of thing and “Your kind of acting career is over,” “You’ve already done that,” and I just kept saying “Nope, I’m acting again.” And people would ask “What’s the project?” and I’m like “I’m just acting!” I was doing CNN and Headline News with Dr. Drew’s show, but they told me in recovery “Dream big!” And I did, and I finally got an agency.

So what kinds of projects are you working on now?

So last fall I got an agent, and on my third audition I got my first movie, it’s called Chastity Bites and that will be out I think in late winter or early part of 2013, I believe. I shot from like November to January and in that process I also started working at another treatment center called Klean Treatment and I’m also their spokesperson, so I do their radio show, Klean Radio, I do group courses with them. I’ve been learning so much about recovery, mental illness, drug addiction, alcoholism, and human behavior. In the midst of all the madness, I’m I got I got another movie called Groom’s Cake and I shot that and it’s been winning all the festivals. I think it won four out of four awards for best comedy, and I’ll be starring in the follow-up to it called Birthday Cake. So that’s been really great. And most recently, I shot The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season three.

You’re on two of the most disparate, different shows on reality TV right now, on the one hand, Rehab is all about therapy and helping others and at it’s core it’s a really emotional show, and then the Housewives, I don’t want to disparage it because I mean this in the best way, it’s really just a guilty pleasure kind of show. What’s it like doing both?

I would characterize them as completely different spectrums. It’s so different, yet I get to send in my truth, you know what I mean? I was a little confused last season shooting Housewives, ’cause I came from Rehab, where people are figuring out if they want to live or die and your talking about the severity of life you know, and the preciousness of it, and like what I have gone through and what I know. On Housewives, even though there was drama, it was a lot less dramatic. Does that make sense? I’m talking about saving lives on Rehab, I’m talking about helping people and showing them that they should give themselves a chance to live and that they are worthy of it. And with Housewives, I thought it was more like, it was let loose time for me. I got to say what I was really thinking and feeling and you know. Although on Rehab I stay true to who I am too. I’m literally one of the counselors; I’m doing my professional job. On Housewives I’m being a professional ’cause I’m working, but people get to see another side of me. I get to say things that are kind of funny or whatever, and you’re allowed to do that there.

I think what you were saying earlier about people implying you’re a reality girl and that would impede your acting career, I don’t think it matters these days. I think that everybody has so many different outlets, so many actors have clothing lines and one doesn’t really dilute the other. It’s just a whole new way of putting yourself out there and I don’t think that it’s like one necessarily means you can’t do the other.

Yeah no, and I love that your one of the first people to say that because a lot of people do have the clothing line…For me I work in recovery, I’m on Rehab, I work with Dr. Drew, I work first and foremost on my sobriety, I am on the Housewives, I am writing a book, I am now hosting a new show called Healthline, it’s about health and bringing different people, I’m actually a co-host and it’s so different because I’m used to people asking my opinion and this is not about my opinion.

So what can we expect this season on Rehab now that it’s regular people and not celebs?

Coming into it, I said to Dr. Drew that this season, having real addicts who have never been in the public eye, you’re going to see the truth of what’s happening. These people hoped to die, 100%. Level ten addicts and alcoholics. It was really emotional. I’ve learned so much in the last four years since working in rehabs and Sober House and being in rehab, and I just get so emotionally attached to each of them. There wasn’t one of them that wasn’t going through pain. And everything that Dr. Drew says to them about what to expect from their withdrawal symptoms, it does happen. He’s so accurate. I just remember him being my doctor back in the day being like “He said it would happen, and it did happen to me.” You just ask yourself how to stay emotionally unattached and just get the facts and protect this person.

I don’t think we’ve ever discussed that Dr. Drew was your doctor before. What was it like to go through recovery with him and now to work with him?

You know, at first it was a little different. But he said once I started working with him, he’s no longer my doctor. ut to watch that, to watch him with other patients just reminds me that I’ve gone through that. But I just see him on such a professional level now that it took a little time to realize I’m part of his team. In a huge way, it’s the biggest honor. I went from, here I am, a hopeless case, to a part of his team. It’s pretty amazing.


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