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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show's overall goal is to help people overcome their addiction problems, though there's a voyeuristic quality to the show.
Positive Role Models
The celebs are iffy role models at best, although a few do prove themselves worthy with a genuine desire to turn their lives around. While several of them try to skirt the rules, those who do are penalized rather than glamorized.
Violence & Scariness
A few verbal shouting matches, but nothing physical.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One celebrity is a porn star; another admits to having appeared in pornographic films in the past. Blurred images of porno DVDs are shown, along with sexual toys like dildos. Several females dress suggestively on a regular basis.
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Words like "bitch" and "ass" are audible, while more serious cursing (including "f--k," which is used regularly) is bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Several brand-name presciption drugs are mentioned, including Zoloft, Vicodin, and OxyContin.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
As its title suggests, the show is rife with discussions about substance abuse and includes graphic scenes of celebrities using and abusing alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, prescription drugs, and crack. While in treatment, several celebrities also smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while this reality series could theoretically serve as a cautionary tale for older teens by shining a harsh light on the consequences of substance abuse, the content veers into adults-only territory -- especially in the earliest episodes. Viewers will be introduced to a porn star who brings her own dildos to rehab, an actor who's consumed so many prescription pills that he's barely conscious, and an American Idol reject with a cocaine addiction. If your teens watch, make sure they're taking away the right messages.
Is It Any Good?
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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