The most listened to doctor in America, Dr. Drew is the host of the nationally syndicated radio show 'Loveline' where he has been taking calls from listeners since 1983. Many people do not know that Dr. Drew is an internist who is board certified in addiction medicine, sill runs a private practice, and is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Keck USC School of Medicine.
Dr. Drew and Vh1 teamed up for the first reality TV series to depict the process of overcoming addiction. Now in its third season, 'Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew' was critically acclaimed by the addiction community for pulling back the veil of secrecy about what goes on in rehabilitation programs. 'Sober House', which chronicles the sober living process, began airing in January 2009 and is now in it's second season. 'Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew' will look at the struggles and treatment of those dealing with serious sex addictions.
When he's not traveling the country speaking at college campuses, Dr. Drew enjoy playing sports, working out and spending time at home with his wife Susan and their triplets.
Dennis Rodman is retired from the NBA where he won five championships, led the league in rebounds for a record 7 consecutive years, and was twice voted NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Known as one of the original "Bad Boys" of the league, he also developed an outlandish persona of multi-colored hair, dozens of tattoos and earrings and garnered the nickname, "The Worm." As his career wound down, however, he soon became more famous for his wild behavior--affairs with Madonna, a drunken marriage to Carmen Electra that was annulled after 10 days, and out-of-control parties that often ended with the arrival of the police. In 2008, he was arrested for spousal abuse. He is a binge drinker who feels he has his alcohol abuse "under control". For Dennis, it was either rehab or jail.
Heidi Fleiss became a well-known public figure in 1997, when she was convicted for running a prostitution ring with a stable of wealthy and famous clients all over the world. After serving almost two years in prison for tax evasion, she continued to prosper from her reputation as a madam. Her drug use did not become widely known until she pressed charges against her former boyfriend, Tom Sizemore, for domestic violence and abuse. Their drug use together then became public
record and after Tom was convicted, Heidi moved to Nevada, where she lives alone with dozens of parrots, owns a laundry business, and harbors an addiction to crystal meth.
Joey Kovar worked as a personal trainer and aspiring actor in Chicago when he was cast on The Real World: Hollywood in 2008. His "big break" fell apart though when he became uncontrollably drunk and high on drugs during the show. His behavior became so outrageous that he was asked to leave the program. It was this very public fall that brought Joey's long struggle with addiction to light. It soon became known that Joey had been abusing massive amounts of alcohol, cocaine, ecstasy, meth and, as part of his bodybuilding, steroids since he was a teenager and had come very close to death through an overdose.
Kari Ann Peniche held the Miss Oregon Teen USA and the Miss United States Teen USA titles. When nude photos of Kari Ann appeared in Playboy, she was stripped of her United States title. Kari Ann became a patient on VH1's Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew when word of her addiction and her sexual abuse as a minor was publicized. She was removed from the show early because of her erratic behavior. Soon afterwards it was learned that her bad behavior was caused by her drug
addiction to crystal meth, which Dr. Drew felt should be addressed immediately. Had they been aware of this from the beginning, Dr. Drew would have had her tackle her drug addiction before tackling her sex addiction.
Lisa D'Amato had worked as a model since the age of 12 but didn't really reach a larger audience until she appeared on a season of America's Next Top Model, where her drunken antics, including talking to a backyard bush and angry rants, short circuited her run on the program. As she began to pursue a career as a hip-hop singer, she found she couldn't shake the image of having a substance abuse problem. Although Lisa admits that she uses any almost type of drug substance put in front of her, she doesn't feel she has a problem that she can't control.
Mackenzie Phillips, the daughter of John Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas, and a teenaged star from her roles in American Graffiti and the popular sitcom One Day at a Time, is probably better known for her very public battles with drug addiction over the last 30 years than her acting and singing. Near fatal overdoses, numerous stints in rehabilitation facilities, and most recently, an arrest at the Los Angeles Airport in 2008 as she attempted to board a plane with heroin and cocaine have left many wondering if she can ever get clean. Mackenzie has a 22-year old son.
Mike Starr was the original bassist for the popular 90's rock band Alice in Chains from 1987 to 1993, when he was asked to leave the band by the other members. Mike's problems with drug
abuse took a dark turn and from that year on he has faced a mounting variety of drug possession, DUI and property destruction charges. A veteran of 30 stints in drug rehabilitation facilities, Mike's drugs of choice include heroin, methadone, crystal meth, cocaine and pot.
Mindy McCready is a country music singer whose four albums have sold over 3 million copies, while 12 of her singles have appeared on Billboard's country singles charts. With her success has come very public relationships, including an engagement to actor Dean Cain, an underage affair with Major League Baseball star, Roger Clemens, and a very violent association with aspiring country singer, Billy McKnight. Although she was arrested and jailed for trying to buy OxyContin with a false prescription and attempted suicide with an overdose of drugs and alcohol, Mindy
believes her only true addiction is to violent relationships.
Tom Sizemore has appeared in almost 80 films and was, at one time, considered one of the hottest actors in Hollywood. He is best known for his roles in war films such as Saving Private Ryan, Pearl Harbor and Black Hawk Down. His long battle with drug addiction has been well documented but six years of sobriety were broken during his relationship with Heidi Fleiss, a relationship that ended when Heidi Fleiss pressed charges against Tom for domestic abuse. Since then, Tom has been
arrested and served time for many different drug charges.