‘Celebrity Rehab’s’ Detractors Don’t Faze Sherry Gaba

HollywoodNews.com: Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew” has certainly had plenty of detractors throughout its run. The deaths this year of “Celebrity Rehab” alumni Jeff Conaway and Mike Starr didn’t help. And now, with season five of the popular VH 1 show just launched, Forbes’ Kiri Blakeley calls the show the place “celebrities go to die” and questions whether there’s been even one instance of a “Celebrity Rehab” star having a successful recovery and career comeback.

“Yes, I would say there have been those who’ve been successful both in their careers and in staying sober,” replies the show’s Sherry Gaba. “Mackenzie Phillips wrote a book. Janice Dickinson is still sober. Steven Adler recorded in-between rehabs and wrote a book.” (But — ouch — Adler is now back on the show.)

Gaba, a psychotherapist and life coach who has worked at several well-known rehab centers (populated by the famed), in addition to her work with Dr. Drew, points out that the well-known folk on “Celebrity Rehab” all “leave with a discharge plan. The seed is planted, the therapists are lined up, the sober living quarters are recommended. But if they don’t follow through, well, that happens every day across the country to people dealing with addictions, regardless of their status, their economic situation, their age or color. It’s due to the nature of the illness.”

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