Kathie Lee & Hoda: Dr. Drew Pinsky Interview
Dr. Drew Pinsky has been helping celebrities get sober through his long running series Celebrity Rehab and now he is helping regular folks all around the country. They are real people with real addictions and can be seen on Rehab with Dr Drew, which premieres on September 16 2012 on VH1. Kathie Lee and Hoda were joined by Dr. Drew to talk about the new show.
Dr. Drew: Rehab with Dr DrewReview
Kathie Lee said it is hard to watch sometimes. Dr. Drew said it is hard to watch and is the problem of our time and people need to confront it head on and look at it for what it is. Drug addicts do drugs and this is a disease that kills. He said the people they use on the show aren’t decided by him. He has always wanted to do everyday people because that is what he does on a daily basis and he wanted to show that celebs and regular people are the same and when you watch you can tell there really is no sense of a difference.
Dr. Drew: More People Die From Addictions Than Cancer
Kathie Lee said he says in one episode more people are dying from addictions than most cancers. Dr. Drew said when people die while under his care for addiction, it is like being an oncologist treating cancer. It is a deadly disease and if you have an addiction bad enough where you need to see him, than most cancer patients have a better prognosis than his patients. He said that addiction affects every family in America in one way or another.
Dr. Drew: Family History or Bad Incident?
Dr. Drew said it is a combination and there is a genetic potential. He said he has treated over 10,000 patients in his career and he has only seen a handful of patients where he didn’t see a family history of addiction, but to have addiction turned on and activated to the point where they need to see him there is 100% probability of childhood trauma, like sexual abuse or neglect.
Dr. Drew: Lost Hope?
Dr. Drew said he has never lost hope for himself, but many times he has lost hope for a patient and he will be damned if three years later that person doesn’t come up to him and say they know he had to kick them out of treatment and they weren’t ready to hear what he had to say and now they are in a graduate program to become a psychologist and that gives him hope to do more.
Dr. Drew: Attempts to Become Sober
He said it is not typical for someone to be treated and they stay sober. It is typical that people that are comprehensively and properly treated will be in and out of treatment and finally stay with it. Dr. Drew said that people think of doing treatment and getting off the drugs and getting involved in the 12-step, but the reality is if you have a bad addiction, you have to contemplate leaving everything in your life including your sense of your self and starting over. Every aspect of your life must be rebuilt, including your friends and your circles.