Episode 3

Season 2 Ep 311/6/2008

It's day four of Celebrity Rehab and the patients have finally begun to emerge from the painful sickness of withdrawal. Now the real work can begin. Dr. Drew believes it is important at this point to start exploring the feelings that move drug addicts to use in the first place. One of the first steps in doing this is figuring out what sort of community the current group of patients is forming. Will they bond over their common illness, or will emerging conflicts have a splintering effect?As rehabilitation progresses, emotions begin to surface for the celebrities under Dr. Drew's care. Rodney King addresses the guilt he feels at not being a continuous part of each of his three daughters' lives. Sean Stewart identifies with the notion of an absentee father from the perspective of the child and relates that he struggled with feeling abandoned whenever his famous father, Rod Stewart, would go on tour. Dr. Drew says that part of the process of overcoming addiction is learning to forgive, so healing can begin and healthy relationships can emerge.Gary Busey's unruly behavior has already proved to be difficult for the rest of the group to handle. When the other patients' efforts to get through to Gary are stymied, Dr. Drew meets with Gary to see if any of the criticism is being processed. Gary admits that he doesn't feel cared for by the rest of the group, but insists it doesn't bother him. However, it is because of this feeling that Gary is beginning to gain some perspective. He has realized that he needs to talk less and listen more.Tawny Kitaen discloses to the group that Julie - not Tawny - is in fact her real name. Dr. Drew is surprised and meets with Tawny individually to dig deeper. Tawny explains that when she was a young child, her parents split and her family was forced to go on welfare. The humiliation from being in that situation inspired Tawny to adopt a new identity, complete with a different name. But now with Dr. Drew's help, she is ready to deal with her past and let go of the shame that she has associated with it for years.Dr. Drew suspects that there's more behind Rodney's addiction than just the guilt of being an absentee father. Specifically, Dr. Drew thinks that Rodney might be harboring resentment because of the brutal beating he received from the Los Angeles police in 1991. In an effort to gauge whether or not Rodney has processed his feelings, Dr. Drew sits down one-on-one with Rodney and asks him to relate the story of the beating. In chilling detail, Rodney recounts the confrontation and even confesses that he thought he was going to die. Shocked and disgusted, Dr. Drew can't help but feel sorry for Rodney, who has been wrongly cast in most people's eyes as an angry psychotic. But Rodney is philosophical. He recognizes the significance of the event both on his life and our culture.After a tough few days of therapy, Dr. Drew decides to reward the patients with a fishing trip to remind them that they can still have fun while getting sober. The trip provides a stark contrast between the personalities on each boat, captained respectively by the laid-back Rodney, and the mischievous Gary, who capsizes his boat. Gary, Steven and Sean are sent sprawling into the drink and a panicked Steven is forced to confront a distressing situation for the first time since getting sober. Recognizing the therapeutic value of the incident, Dr. Drew points out that the situation would normally inspire Steven to use, but instead he's here with his peers in treatment.Back at the Pasadena Recovery Center, many of the other patients take particular exception to Gary's claim that he is not an addict. Following Dr. Drew's assertion that admitting you're an addict is crucial to recognizing addict behavior, Steven confronts Gary about his persistent denial. However, Dr. Drew shares with the group that Gary has a condition related directly to injuries caused by his motorcycle accident, of which, the lingering effects have left Gary lacking impulse control, empathy and the ability to manage addictive tendencies. Steven is incredulous, but Dr. Drew insists that it is important for Gary to feel a part of the group. Gary admits that he didn't think the other patients would be interested in hearing about his condition. On the contrary, many of the others are sympathetic to Gary in light of this revelation and are able to admit that even Gary has good qualities.