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Parents' Guide to

Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Stars' cautionary tales best for older teens+.

TV VH1 Reality TV 2008
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 15+
age 13+

Very inspiring show. Drug and sex addiction is graphically displayed.

This is a show that shows the grim and harsh realities of drug addiction, alcoholism, and other harmful acts including self-mutilation, sex addiction, and abuse (both physical, psychological and sexual), all from real people and is graphically displayed, which can upset and disturb some viewers. It also reveals the people's past of how they've gotten themselves like they are, and intense thematic material is common throughout. Some scenes show the agonizing stages of drug withdrawal, its symptoms, which are triggered into physical and verbal throw downs between patients, and potentially harmful reactions which does show some patients pass out, have seizures, vomiting, suicidal attempts, and some characters don't make it through their addiction. Yet, it's a very inspiring show which can teach individuals about drug addiction and the serious yet potentially fatal consequences. Dr. Drew is one of the best, most experienced addiction Doctors in the world, specializing in drug and sex addiction, and his words of expertise and experience can inspire those who want to become just like him to help people with serious addictions.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Leading the recovery process is board-certified physician/talk show host/addiction expert Dr. Drew Pinsky, best known for his long-running radio program, Loveline. Steering clear of typical reality show shenanigans, Dr. Drew adds an air of credibility to the concept and seems genuinely interested in seeing these celebs through to the other side. Without his steady presence, it's not hard to imagine the show becoming exploitative rather than educational.

Still, it remains to be seen whether Celebrity Rehab is inherently helpful or harmful. After all, if it helps at least one person turn his or her life around, then it's served a definite purpose. But if not, isn't it just feeding the problem by giving the fame-starved a chance to be on TV?

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