Dr. Drew Seeks to Help Non-Celebs

Dr. Drew Seeks to Help Non-Celebs

By Anna David 08/23/12

Celebrity Rehab loses the celebrities and adds some intensity, as Dr. Drew tells The Fix.

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The new season of Celebrity Rehab will premiere on VH1 on September 16—and hawk-eyed viewers will note a difference between this and previous seasons: no celebrities. "Over the course of the five seasons of Celeb Rehab, we were flooded with calls, emails and letters from viewers asking if we could do a show featuring non-celebs, so that is what we did," host and creator Dr. Drew Pinsky exclusively tells The Fix. "Treating non-celebrities is what I've been doing for the past 30 years in my day-to-day life." About this season's addicts, Pinsky says, "It's the most intense group I've treated, either on TV or off, and this is the most powerful and moving season to date. I hope viewers will tune in and get the message I have so desperately been trying to get across: addiction is a deadly disease but with treatment there is hope." The new season will focus on eight of Pinsky's "most challenging patients to date" and will include his standard Rehab support team: Bob Forrest, Shelly Sprague, Dr. John Sharp and Jennifer Gimenez. A sneak peek of the show is can be viewed on VH1.

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Anna David is the New York Times-bestselling author of multiple books about overcoming difficulties and coming out on the other side: the novels Party Girl (HarperCollins, 2007) and Bought (HarperCollins, 2009), the non-fiction books Reality Matters (HarperCollins, 2010), Falling for Me (HarperCollins, 2011), By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and True Tales of Lust and Love and the Kindle Singles Animal Attraction (Amazon, 2012) and They Like Me, They Really Like Me (Amazon, 2013). Find Anna on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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