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Jennifer Gimenez On The Season Finale Of Rehab With Dr. Drew: Grateful

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Each week after 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 has battled demons on her own, who’s incredibly proud of this season’s group of patients and explains

 

During graduation, we saw Dr. Drew sending off each patient, did the rest of you get to says a few words to the patients too?

At the end of treatment there’s usually some kind of goodbye, not usually so formal like this one, usually you get a coin for accomplishing the whole program, but we all got to say something to a patient. We were told who we were going to talk about and it was really nice. When I watched them walk into the graduation, I got really teary-eyed, because I’ve experienced something with each one of them, and to watch them look so different from when they came in just left me awestruck. It was very emotional to see that they all came through, including Drewbee. They came in so broken and shattered and now they just have that light in their eyes, that’s the beauty of doing this, for me, being able to be a part of this team means being able to see the hope come back into their eyes. I was told to address Cinnamon, and then I also addressed the whole group, too, because I watched them all kick and scream when they got here, but now they have hope and a glimpse of reality and sobriety. They all got the chance to go into sober living after this show, that was what was so great about this season, they all got the opportunity to go into sober living and still to this day, most of them are in a sober living house and being treated and taken care of by Dr. Sharp and Dr. Drew. I still talk to all of them in some way, whether via phone or text or whatever, and I can see that they’re all still trying.

There was a lot of talk of relapse before they finished treatment, Eric worried that he might, and Jasmen said she worried for Deanna which turned into a big issue between the two of them. Is that common, to think of relapse before you’re even done with rehab? Or is it just a way to address your fears?

I think it’s just part of the reality. Deanna and Jasmen were very close up until the last two days or so, and their last day was an explosion. I was predicting that there would be an explosion mid-way through with them, and the fact that it happened the last day was kind of a miracle, that’s what happens when you get really close. You just never know. They’re all going through different emotions and situations. I think Jasmen was talking to her in a very healthy way and addressing her fears for Deanna, and Deanna realized eventually that it wasn’t about Jasmen, it was about her and her addiction.

Who do you keep in touch with the most?

I keep in touch with Eric and Deanna and Jasmen and Heather, we’re in contact often, but I really have spoken to all of them at some point after the fact, and I know that they’re all doing well, and that five of the eight of them were in sober living as of two weeks ago. They know that if they need any guidance they can pick up the phone and I’m here for them. I’ve learned so much from them and from this experience, and I’ve learned so much about human beings and love and patience and compassion, but I also learned so much on a treatment level. I’m eternally grateful for this season, more so than ever before, because I’m much more trained to work in treatment and to understand this disease. I felt like I was able to handle things differently this season. People ask me why I got back each season, and it’s because I always feel like I have more to offer. The thing I realize about this show is that our purpose is to help people or help people feel something, and if that happens, we’re making a difference and I get to be part of that, and it’s an honor.

I remember the first time I watched the ending of Sober House, I got teary, and I remember somebody asked me how I feel and I said “I feel really sad,” and they were like “Are you sure it’s not proud?” I was afraid to say I was proud, and watching this episode was bittersweet too, it was a proud moment. And this season I also think I proved I could be an action hero without weapons! I’m just so grateful that people welcome the show into their houses, and me too, whether they like me or not, week after week.

How does the show help you, as far as your own treatment and recovery goes?

It helps me immensely. There’s always something happening in the facility that’s meant to be therapeutic for the patients, there’s so much you don’t see, but it’s therapeutic for me too. It just reminds me that I’m only an arm’s length away from my next drink, and this process gives me hope and keeps me sane. I’m so passionate about helping those who need to be helped because I’m constanty reminded of how far down the scale I was. We say that if the show has helped one person, that’s really all that matters, and I can tell you that because of this show, I am still sober.


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Jennifer Gimenez Talks Rehab With Dr. Drew Episode 10: The Disease Was Telling Him To Leave

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Each week after 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 has battled demons on her own, discusses her Drewbee’s sudden departure from rehab and having to chase him (in flip flops) through Pasadena.

You were running all over Pasadena, it looked like, to find Drewbee this week.

I want to tell you what happened during that chase, because you guys didn’t get to see all of it. The thing was, Drewbee really didn’t want the cameras around him anymore, you don’t see a lot of closeups on Drewbee in the last couple of episodes because he was already detaching ever since the night in the alley, . Dr. Drew describes it so wonderfully, he says that what happens is that people withdraw and their disease is so much more powerful and his head injuries make it even deeper for him and his choice to not want to stay there. When his family comes, he has all this guilt and desire to not want to live, and we’re really just here trying to get them to live. To show them that there is hope. When they disconnect like that, the risks are so high at that point.

So I was there with the group and all of a sudden Drewbee just wasn’t there. He dropped the mic and just walked out. He walked so fast and there were no cameras around him at that moment and I ran after him like “Drewbee, what are you doing?” As he walked out, everyone thought I walked out with him, but he was a few steps ahead of me, and he walked up to a tree and I just said “Please, let me just get a hold of Dr. Sharp, and whatever you do, please don’t run north, that’s a bad area,” and he just took off. We were running, I was running after him through the streets and the cameras were chasing me, but he was jumping walls and I was trying to jump with him, and he jumped into two backyards, and before i ran into the second backyard, I was like “What am I doing? I’m going to get eaten by dogs!” and I realized the best thing for me to do was go back and regroup with production and see what we can do. We needed to find him and everyone jumped into their vans — our fear was that Drewbee was going to go down the wrong block and something terrible would happen. I jumped into a van with one of the executive producers and Will got in his van and we were frantically looking for him. I mean, he just wanted drugs. Finally, I see Drewbee and I jumped out, still out of breath from running, and I said to the producer “Don’t ever underestimate me again!” I’m an addict. I knew where I would run if I was him. So I just went out there and tried to talk to him and say “If you’re gonna leave, lets just get back to the center safely so you can discharge.” By law we can’t make them stay. And so I told him, I just don’t want to see you die, and if you leave today, you’re going to die. And he came back because he trusted me.

That was a crazy hour, I was so scared for him while he was out there, it only takes a second for the wrong thing to happen.The statistics for staying sober once you leave rehab are really slim. In a group of eight patients, you’re lucky if two remain sober. The chances of them relapsing are really high. And then if you leave treatment? You’re gonna use. It’s been proven. And because Drewbee is such a hardcore user, the chances of him not using are basically zero.

Was it that his head trauma affected his reasoning and didn’t allow him to come around to the process the way everyone else did?

I think it’s partially the head trauma, but I’ll be honest, it’s just the addict in him. His disease is that strong. He wouldn’t have been there if he didn’t want it a little bit, but the only requirement for relapse is desire. And his desire was there. He’s been in treatment, I think it’s twelve times, and it hasn’t worked. He has a problem staying strong as most addicts do.

When you were chasing Drewbee through the streets, did you realize he would likely end up in a hospital and not back at rehab?

No, once I brought him back — the disease was telling him to leave rehab and find drugs or alcohol, rational thinking no longer exists —  so in that mode, I was thinking maybe he was just having a moment. I wasn’t thinking anything besides “I hope he doesn’t die before I find him.” I was just determined to find him, and I couldn’t believe I found him. When we came back, at the doctor’s suggestion they sent him to the hospital and they did the right thing. But let me just say, there were about six to nine vans out looking for Drewbee on the street, we were all on a mission and were very concerned for him. My primary purpose was just to make sure he wasn’t going to die.


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Jennifer Gimenez On Rehab With Dr. Drew Episode 9: Stop Fixating On The Problem, Start Getting Into The Solution

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Each week after 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 has battled demons on her own, to find out her insider’s perspective on family weekend. (Due to a technical glitch, our interview is a little short this week.)

I know you developed a close relationship with Jasmen, so could you share how she felt upon hearing that her alcoholic father relapsed during family weekend?

Once Jasmen found out her dad drank, it was a let-down. And that goes back to her childhood and the whole idea of “I want to believe my dad and I want to believe his actions will speak louder than words.” He flew all the way out to change things, and then you just see the severity of his alcoholism. He took one sip and that sip led to a whole bottle. You could see it in her eyes during the therapy between her husband and Dr. Drew, when he says “I have a confession, I bought the alcohol,” you can see her anger and disappointment. No matter what, Jasmen should not be drinking, so this was a great example of being uneducated against the effects of alcoholism. Millions of family members out there say “Why don’t you just not drink?” or “Why don’t you just have a sip?” and I guess ignorance is bliss, because alcoholism is a disease and that sip will lead to the entire bottle. There’s so much awareness being brought up at this point and I hope Curtis has taken notice at this point. We weren’t here to tell him “You’re the bad person,” we were here to tell him this is why this can’t happen and now you’re educated.

At one point during the conversation about Jasmen going to sober living, when Curtis was resisting the idea, Dr. Drew said something like “he’s the reason you could die.” Like, the fact that Curtis didn’t want her to continue treatment could be the end of her success. That had to hurt to hear.

Dr. Drew has such an amazing way of executing things, but that is true. We had these kinds of conversations all the time in treatment. We would say it to that person, “This person is going to help you die.” It’s hard for the family to hear but it’s the truth. It’s not about being friends with these people, it’s about saving their lives. My objective there was not to be everybody’s friend, it was to be the voice of reason and to help them to live while we were there. I think it was great that Curtis finally got to see that and understand that.

Deanna is another patient you’ve said you had a good relationship with, so I’d love to know if she spoke with you about her relationship with her mother which seemed to get cleared up and repaired somewhat during the weekend.

You’re talking about the different types of approach that families take with the addicts they love and all these dynamics were just portions of the full sessions, the full two days we spent with them all, there were a lot of ups and downs in those two days, and you’d see the kindness of the family members mixed with other emotions. Deanna’s mom was very, very scared. A mother or father wouldn’t have flown out here to be by their child’s side if they didn’t love them, and you get to see that here. You get to have compassion for her because she was so scared. She said “I’ve tried everything, I’ve tried kindness,” but the harsh stuff her mother said, can I condone it? No. But you get to have more compassion for her when you realize, wow, her mom was at a desperate place. She didn’t know what else to do. That was a really great moment for Deanna and her mom to begin the forgiveness process. It was also important to remove Deanna from the problem, she was so fixated on that problem and we talked about it for weeks. No one ever, ever, ever, deserves to be abused by anyone, but it happens. It’s a horrible thing. But we had to get her away from that and start the healing process. Let’s stop being fixated on the problem so we can get into the solution. This was a great start for them.


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Pic Of The Day: Jenn Gimenez Rocks A Housewives Red Carpet

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Jennifer Gimenez On The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills Red Carpet

Jennifer Gimenez is one busy woman. Not only does she put in time on Rehab With Dr. Drew, but she’s also going to be featured on the third season of The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills on Bravo, which stars her real-life BFF Brandi Glanville. In this shot from last week’s red carpet premiere event for the Housewives, Jennifer stunned in a gorgeous black gown. For more photos from the event, click here.


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Erica Speigelman,Eric Adams,Jennifer Gimenez & Judah Friedman


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Exclusive! Jennifer  Gimenez clears up the rumors, dishes on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Jennifer Gimenez from Rehab with Dr. Drew and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Jennifer Gimenez was the target of an internet rumor recently that  claimed her BFF Brandi Glanville kicked her out of her home and forced her into  treatment for an alleged drug problem.  But Jenn is speaking out, clearing up this far-fetched claim, and is also  dishing on the upcoming third season of Real Housewives of Beverly  Hills!

Jenn tells Starcasm exclusively that not only did Brandi never kick her out  of her home to get treatment, she has never kicked her out period. “She  never kicked me out. Brandi and I have been friends for 15 yrs I lived with her last October until a  few months ago. I moved out because it was time. She and I needed each other  last year. It was great for both of us.”

Brandi is the one, along with Jenn’s mother, who forced Jenn into treatment  back in 2005 after her drug use took control. At the time, Jenn was living alone  in apartment, but when her best friend  and her mother realized that she needed help, they confronted her and sent her  to a treatment center. “She and my mom  where the last two people in my life in 2005 and didn’t want to see me die,” Jenn explains. “We are like sisters.  We’ve been through thick and thin together.”

Jennifer Gimenez at The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 3 Premiere
^ Jennifer Gimenez at The Real Housewives of Beverly  Hills Season 3 Premiere.

Jenn, who will celebrate 7 years of sobriety in January, got clean after  treatment and headed to a sober living facility. Since then, she has gotten certified as a group counselor and rehab technician. Jenn has put  her knowledge regarding drugs  and addiction to good use alongside Dr.  Drew on Sober House and Celebrity Rehab, and is now on a new series titled Rehab, which airs every Sunday night on Vh1. Jenn is also the  spokesperson for the Klean Treatment Center in Los Angeles and co-hosts their live radio show  every Sunday.

Jenn is currently spending her time working on a new memoir about her life  and co-hosting Healthline. As if that weren’t enough to keep her  busy, she begins filming Birthday  Cake, the follow-up film to Groom’s Cake (which  won the award for Best Comedy at 8 out of 9 film festivals), next month. Of her  character in the flick, she says, “I’m kind of like that fly you can’t kill in  your house!” Jenn also will be seen in the 2013 horror flick Chastity  Bites.

Jennifer Gimenez with the cast of 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' in Las Vegas

^ Jennifer Gimenez (2nd from the left) along with The Real  Housewives of Beverly Hills cast members Camille Grammer, Lisa Vanderpump,  Brandi Glanville, Marisa Zanuck, and Kyle Richards.

Starting Monday, Jenn will be appearing on Real Housewives of Beverly  Hills for the all new third season which she tells us is “juicy.” Jenn has been friends with Brandi for so long, so it’s only right that Jenn  would appear alongside her on the show. “I was in her wedding and was her  first friend to hold Mason in hospital,” she reveals, adding that Brandi “is a  great friend, mother, and woman.” Jenn even walked the runway for Brandi when  she launched her new clothing line Brand B, and during the cast’s trip to Vegas,  Jenn was spotted alongside Brandi, Camille, Kyle, Lisa, and Marisa.

In addition to getting to hang out with her friend, Jenn has also formed some  new friendships during her time on RHOBH. “I love, love, love Yolanda,” she tells us of the newest ‘Wife cast on the show. As for who she keeps in touch  with when the cameras aren’t rolling, Jenn told us she’s closest with Lisa and  Yolanda. “I love Lisa. I keep in touch with her. I have also seen Kyle.” Regarding the other newbie, “friend of the housewives” Marisa Zanuck, Jenn  says she is a “sweet girl.”

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