May 1, 2012

Dr. Drew, VH1 start new season of ‘Rehab’ production sans celebrities

Posted Tuesday, May 1, 2012

VH1 and Dr. Drew Pinsky have started production today on a sixth installment of “Rehab with Dr. Drew” to directly address alcohol and drug addiction among young adults, the largest group afflicted by addiction issues in the U.S.

“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,” Dr. Drew said in a media release today. “Rehabilitation and sobriety on the other hand are an arduous lifelong journey.”

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 Americans 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.

In the sixth installment of the Celebrity Rehab franchise, Dr. Drew will once again take viewers behind the closed doors of the rehabilitation process.

The journey is an often raw and unflinching look at the many faces of addiction. Dr. Drew shows those who watch that rehab is not a glamorous spa vacation for celebrities as often portrayed in the media but a profound life changing process that offers hope for a better life.

“Many of our young adult viewers have shared with us that Dr. Drew and our multiple seasons of 'Celebrity Rehab' have made them more aware about substance abuse. And a large number of them have asked for his assistance with their own challenges,” said Jeff Olde, VH1 executive vice president of original programming and production. “This season, the moment felt right to turn our focus from celebrities to young adults who could benefit under Dr. Drew and his team's expert professional treatment.

“In some ways, we felt that stripping away the celebrity layer could reach even more viewers and touch them in a different way.”

“Rehab with Dr. Drew,” will premiere in September 2012 with eight one-hour episodes.

Returning for their 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. Jennifer Gimenez will also be back as a resident technician. Gimenez was previously seen on season 5 of “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” and “Sober House” as the house manager.

Click here for additional information about “Rehab with Dr. Drew.”

Viewers can also find 'Rehab' updates on Facebook and on Twitter @VH1 with the hashtag #Rehab.


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