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Rehab With Dr. Drew’s Jennifer Gimenez Talks a “Jaw Dropping” Scene and Moonlighting on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills — Exclusive
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Jennifer Gimenez at the Opening of Kyle By Arlene Too on July 21, 2012

In Hollywood, celebrities often wear several different hats. Some act and play music. Others star on reality shows and design clothing lines. But perhaps no one’s gigs are more different than Jennifer Gimenez, who helps supports patients on the brink of death on Rehab With Dr. Drew while also being an ally to BFF Brandi Glanville on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with Jenn, who opened up about keeping her sanity working both jobs and clued us in about a major spoiler coming up later this season on Rehab.

Wetpaint Entertainment: How does treating this group of “regular” addicts differ from treating celebrities?
Jennifer Gimenez: It’s really different. They’re not doing the show for their careers or for any other ulterior motive. They have nothing left and nothing to lose. They’re raw, they’re real, and they’re very, very sick.  They’re what I call Level 10 Hope-to-Die alcoholics and drug addicts.
Can you explain what you mean by that, a Level 10 alcoholic or addict?
Someone who’s Level 10 literally cannot stop using once they’ve started. They’ve lost themselves entirely — mentally, physically, emotionally. There are no more “yets” in their life, as in “Well, at least I haven’t done this yet”or “I’m not so bad; I don’t do that, yet.” They’re desperate. But the good news is that’s the best place to be in for someone who wants to get sober. They need to be willing to go to any lengths.
Considering they’re that sick, is a month of treatment enough?
There’s so much aftercare needed. They were in for 21 days, which is when we shot the show, but many of them went into sober living and aftercare with Dr. Drew and Bob. I’ve been involved with some of them now, and it’s a good three months later.
Can you describe the toughest moment of filming?
You will see something that will shock you. There is something coming up that has happens between a patient and me and it’s just… jaw dropping. You think you’ve heard it all, but you haven’t. It ended up being a therapeutic experience for both of us, but it was very brutal and very intense.
You also appear on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Is filming that show and filming Rehab like night and day?
Well, actually the shooting schedule crossed over for a day or two there. There were two days where I worked on Rehab for 18 hours straight, then had to go shoot a scene for Housewives.  But that’s just my life. I adapt. Compared to what I do on Rehab  — which is help people decide if they want to live or die — Housewives is actually where I get to let my hair down. I get to dress up and put on my heels and just kind of go with it. There’s drama, of course, but it’s much different.
At the end of the day, I’m blessed to be able to do both and do my job as a counselor at the KLEAN treatment center and pursue an acting career. And I know none of it would be possible if I hadn’t gotten sober.

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Jennifer Gimenez On Episode 3 Of Rehab With Dr. Drew: “The Sick Can’t Lead The Sick”

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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 had battled demons on her own, and she offered up her insight and some behind-the-scenes details about Erika and her positive drug test, and the trap of “enabling someone into a grave.”

Let’s start with one of the final moments of the show. When you were testing Erika for drugs, were you really expecting her test result to come back positive?

Well, her boyfriend was there earlier, and she was acting odd, it went on for a long time and I was kind of monitoring what was going on. Her behavior was very erratic and she was not herself. The fact that the boyfriend was there and she had already been saying “I love him but he does drugs with me,” you know, and you see her on the phone with him, he was calling her all the time, wasted, you’re like, okay this guy is ill. Dr. Drew made the point that he’s a good guy but he has a bad addiction. She’s at a point right now where she just wants to use, and he’s part of her drug.

Did you believe him in the course of their couples therapy when he came around and agreed to go to meetings with her after his initial protests and denial that he was an addict?
He’s definitely lost and he’s definitely sick, and his denial is so sick that you could hear the lies in them, when he was like “Okay, out of the last three nights, I’ve drank a couple times…” If you say you had a drink, you probably didn’t just drink A drink, you probably drank a lot of drinks. Or you probably drank and did drugs. You know that there’s always more to the story. So he’s in denial of himself and his disease.

He seems to have some power over her, is that the age gap, do you think? Or is it just that she needs someone to care for her?

I think it’s a bit of both. They met and they were both using and drinking and it just continued on a downward spiral, so it’s not a healthy relationship. And either they both get help and take this journey together, or they go their own ways separately, because again, the sick can’t lead the sick into a positive place. So I think there are a lot of issues with Erika, and she’s our main focus, and she has a lot of childhood issues going on which will be seen, but a girl that’s only 22 dating a 44-year-old, that says a lot right there.

And she kept justifying that by saying he acts like he’s 27, which is when Dr. Drew made the interesting and actually pretty funny point, asking her “How would you feel if I acted like I was 27?”

Again, she is so young and so naive in some ways, that she can’t see the truth yet, and what is the right and healthy way of being in a relationship. In general, we all suffer from that kind of stuff, we all have issues, but with Erika because she uses and drinks and has so much childhood trauma, she is only role-playing and she thinks that that looks healthy to her, when in reality it’s not healthy for either one of them.

This whole episode actually started with her describing her suicide attempt, I was wondering if you could talk a little about how she dealt with that element in therapy too.

Most addicts or alcoholics tend to get to a point where they’re like what’s the point in living? And the fact that there was that thought in her mind that she so quickly reacted to while intoxicated, she was like “I was using that night, so why should I live?” Not only did she really want to complete that task of trying to end her life, but she had that hopelessness, that spiritual malady that she’s suffering from that’s asking “What’s the point in me living?” and yet there’s this beautiful girl who can’t see her self worth. You see in the first episode where she’s using with him, and then she starts crying — that’s such a typical thing for addicts to feel like. Her hopelessness is starting to show and it’s very apparent how deep-rooted her issues are. I don’t think her boyfriend is the center or the root of her problem, I think he’s just another problem. He’s just not giving her that positive environment she needs, so she’s dancing that dance with him.

Earlier this season when we saw Eric shoot up in front of his mom and his aunt, you said that resonated with you because your family couldn’t really stop you when you knew you wanted to use. So in this episode, we meet Drewbee’s father who not only watched his son using, but he provided him with the drugs as a sort of portion control. I’m wondering how that situation affected you.

It was so hard to watch that part, so many parents or loved ones who have an addict or alcoholic in their life do that, they condone it or enable them. Do we enable them into a grave? That was a really strong statement when I first heard that. And people do. Fist and foremost, this man is a father who absolutely loves his son, but secondly, he is also in recovery himself. How far is he going to go just to keep his son alive and keep his heart beating? There’s that excruciating pain of trying to watch him justify why he does it, and it’s just because he wants to keep him alive. I think at this point, I hope it’s an awakening for his father. Someone like Drewbee who is a level-10 addict, needs to completely crash on his own in order to get up, because he knows how to manipulate his mom and dad. When they stop enabling him — they call it detaching with love — then he can start to get better. I talk about this a lot but when I was down, my friends had to walk away from me. My mom, thank God, she got into family group and Al-Anon and stuff like that, but she gave me boundaries and enforced them and I was like Hold up! And all of a sudden I realized what I was doing was not okay anymore. No one was playing with me. Addicts are intelligent, they know how to get away with things. Once they realize they’re not getting away with things they’re like “Oh s—! How am I going to do this?”


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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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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.


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


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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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Rehab With Dr. Drew To Premiere On Sunday, September 16

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Rehab WIth Dr. Drew Premieres September 16

Dr. Drew and his expert team of doctors and counselors are returning to the small screen is just a few short weeks, and this time, their target has changed. Though Drew and his team at the Pasadena Recovery Center have focused their efforts on celebrities in the past, this sixth season of his VH1 series will instead turn the cameras on regular folks who are battling addiction and journeying to sobriety. Rehab With Dr. Drew will feature old faces like Shelly Sprague, Bob Forrest, Jennifer Gimenez, and Dr. John Sharp, as well as eight previously unknown patients who desperately sought their help. This brand new show premieres on Sunday, September 16 at 8 p.m ET/PT. For more information, read the press release below.

“REHAB WITH DR. DREW” RETURNS TO VH1 TO HELP YOUNG ADULTS
WITH THEIR ADDICTION ISSUES
Premieres Sunday, September 16 at 8 PM ET/PT

 


For me, there are no finish lines. No recovered, just recovering.
– Bill Clegg, Ninety Days



LOS ANGELES, CA (August 22) – VH1 and Dr. Drew are back together for a sixth installment of “Rehab with Dr. Drew,” premiering Sunday, September 16 at 8 PM*. Featuring patients straight out of the VH1 adultster demographic, Dr. Drew faces eight of his most challenging patients to date all with hardcore addictions ranging from heroin to prescription pills to alcohol.

According to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an estimated 23.1 million American who were 12 or older needed treatment for drug and alcohol abuse that year, while only 2.6 million received treatment in a specialty facility. Another source, the 2009 Treatment Episode Data Set, which gathers information on persons admitted to publicly funded treatment programs, shows the age group with the highest admissions was 25 to 29 years at 15.2 percent followed closely by the 20 to 24 years age group at 14.9 percent.

In the sixth installment of the Celebrity Rehab franchise Dr. Drew once again takes viewers behind the closed doors of the rehabilitation process. From heartbreak to hope, we follow Dr. Drew and his patients on their difficult and deeply emotional journey to sobriety. A raw and unflinching look at the many faces of addiction, Dr. Drew shows us that rehab is not a glamorous spa vacation as often portrayed in the media, but a profound life changing process that offers hope for a better life.

“Addiction is a disease that doesn’t limit itself to celebrities but reaches across all economic, social and racial boundaries with lasting and profound effects of not only of the patients but also their families, friends and co-workers. Rehabilitation and sobriety on the other hand are an arduous lifelong journey,” said Dr. Drew.

Dr. Drew is the host of “Dr. Drew” on HLN and the nationally syndicated late night radio show Loveline as well as a respected practicing MD, board certified in internal and addiction medicine, who is staff atHuntingtonHospitaland assistant clinical professor of KECK USC School of Medicine.He is the author of theNew York Times best sellerThe Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism is Seducing America(Harper Collins) andCracked: Putting Broken Lives Together Again(Harper-Collins.) Dr. Drew co-authored the first academic study on celebrities and narcissism that was published in theJournal of Research in Personality(Elsevier)in September 2006, and is the first systematic, empirical scholarly study of celebrity personality.Dr. Drew hosted VH1?s “Sober House” and “Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew” and can be seen on MTV’s “Teen Mom” and “16 & Pregnant.”

Returning for a sixth season to assist Dr. Drew are counselor Bob Forrest and resident technician Shelly Sprague. Also returning this season is Dr. John R. Sharp, M.D. Dr. Sharp is a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School, and the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles. His expertise is in the integrated treatment of depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, attention deficit disorder, and addiction. Dr. Sharp has been recognized as Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and of The Academy of Psychosomatic. He maintains an active private practice in Boston and Los Angeles. Jennifer Gimenez will also be back as a resident technician. Jennifer was previously seen on season 5 of “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” and “Sober House” as the house manager.

For additional information about “Rehab with Dr. Drew” visit the official VH1 Rehab with Dr. Drew site at Rehab.VH1.com and on VH1 Mobile each week following the show’s on-air premiere. Viewers can also find ‘Rehab’ updates on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/VH1 and on Twitter @VH1 with the hashtag #Rehab.

“Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew” is produced by Irwin Entertainment. Executive producing for Irwin Entertainment are John Irwin, Damian Sullivan, Joel Rodgers and Rob Buchta. Dr. Drew Pinsky and Howard Lapides also serve as executive producers. Jill Holmes, Tom Huffman and Jeff Olde are executive producers for VH1.


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