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Drew Pinsky and his staff at the Pasadena Recovery Center in Pasadena, California. Drew, is a reality television show that aired on the cable network VH1 in which many of the episodes chronicle a group of well-known people as they are treated for alcohol and drug addiction by Dr.I don't think it helps anybody and it makes entertainment out of people's possible death, and that's pathetic and it's stupid." In March 2009, columnist Drew Grant called for an end to the series because of its "warped sense of priorities", opining that the practice of assembling celebrities with serious drug addictions with others that, according to Grant, either do not suffer from addiction or whose addictions are self-diagnosed, like Rachel Uchitel and Gary Busey, for the purpose of creating entertainment, serves to encourage the "celebrity narcissism" which Pinsky himself has criticized.Not all substance-abuse specialists have been critical of the show. Mary Oxford, staff psychologist for the Menninger Clinic, praised it for removing the stigma surrounding addiction in the general public, and demystifying the process of treatment, Sierra, Binzer, and Carey agreed to enter a transitional sober living home in the season finale.
VH1 aired a reunion special detailing the patients' lives since filming.
Jeffrey Foote, a clinical psychologist and substance abuse expert, stated, "The velvet-glove confrontational stuff Pinsky does is what works for TV, but it's not what works for patients." The web site for Foote's Center for Motivation and Change uses a clip from Celebrity Rehab to demonstrate poor techniques.
Foote added, "The dramatic confrontations seen on the show are actually more likely to drive less-severe substance abusers, who are by far the majority, away from seeking treatment." Critics also maintain that the patients' needs and the show's needs constitute a conflict of interest, with Dr. Mariani, director of the Substance Treatment and Research Service at Columbia University stating, "The problem here is that Dr.
Although Conaway was able to maintain sobriety from alcohol and cocaine, he continued to abuse analgesics for his back pain, and would re-enter treatment in the show's second season.
Binzer also appeared in several episodes of the second season for his relapses, as well as the Sober House spin-off series.
We're trying to get her to stay with it once and for all." Season 2 of Celebrity Rehab premiered on October 23, 2008.