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

Sherry Gaba, Drew Pinsky

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.”

Gaba feels that the team keeps improving. “As the years have gone on, I think the team has learned what is needed.  There is a lot more therapy going on,” she says.  “This season we brought a couple more therapists, and brought in more recovery coaching.”  That’s where her book, “The Law of Sobriety” comes in, as Gaba notes she became increasingly aware that newly-sober clients needed to be able to plot and look forward to their next steps in life.

“My book is a manifestation of the show,” she says.

This season’s group ranges from the notorious — Amy Fisher, Michael Lohan — to Sean Young.   Blakeley wrote that she’s hoping the recovery and career comeback can work out for Young, the show’s first bona-fide movie star.
As far as complaints about exploitation of the clients ,Gaba says, “These people made a choice to be on the show.  They want to do it, and most of them hope to make a difference.  When Mackenzie Phillips went out and talked about the incest in her past, and Amber Smith, the super model, talked about all the stuff she’d been through — it made it easier for a lot of people to talk about experiences in their own lives and get help.

“I, too, feel very blessed and proud to be helping people.”

Shawn & Mark Declare Selves Friends for Life

Shawn Johnson & Mark Ballas“Dancing With the Stars” winner and Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson tells us now that the ABC show is a memory, it’s back to gymnastics training for her. 
“I’m not sure yet what’s next,” says the 4’10” 17-year-old. “I’m going to get back into training and see where that takes me. For now I’m taking a little break and going on vacation, but also Mark and I are doing a bunch of events where we’re dancing,” she adds, referring to her on-air dance partner, Mark Ballas. “We just did a charity event hosted by Kristy Yamaguchi to help underprivileged kids. That was a lot of fun.” 
Ballas, meanwhile, says, “This summer is all about music for me. I’ve been a guitar player for 12 years so I’m playing with my band Ballas Hough Band. We’re going to go on tour,” Ballas says of his band with fellow “DWTS” pro Derek Hough
When asked if he’ll be back on “Dancing With the Stars,” Ballas responds, “If they ask me back for season nine, I’ll be back. It just depends on the cast.” 
For now, the duo is having fun celebrating their reign as dance champions. “I felt like we had a chance, but we were still shocked that we won,” recalls Ballas. “We had a great time from start to finish and we laughed a lot so I think that really helped with our partnership. Definitely we’ll be friends for life.” 

HARD CORPS: Dr. Drew Pinsky’s VH1 show “Celebrity Rehab” has commenced filming of its third season for debut in early 2010 — and he tells us already this has been one of the most challenging seasons so far. Small wonder. The cast is full of hardcore drug problem repeaters. “We’ve got a whole new batch. It’s intense. Some of these people are very sick,” Pinsky says of the celebrity patients including Mackenzie Phillips, Heidi Fleiss, Tom Sizemore, Dennis Rodman, Mindy McCready, Lisa D’Amato, Mike Starr of Alice in Chains, Joey Kovar from “The Real World Hollywood,” and Playboy Playmate Kari Ann Peniche. 

 

“We just had a bunch of alumni come back to help the new bunch confront their denial,” adds Dr. Pinsky. He believes celebrities are definitely more susceptible to addictions. “Yeah, I did some research on that and we were able to show very clearly that because of who’s attracted to becoming a celebrity, they tend to be more likely to become addicts.” 
While it’s very early on in their recovery process, for now Dr. Pinsky says they’re just trying to determine who’s there for the right reasons. “I think they believe that they can manipulate the cameras when they come in but we don’t allow that,” he claims. “We have to get the real stuff going or we have to kick them out. They either work or they don’t. This is a really tough group so we’ll see how they do.” 

HUNK ALERT: Kellan Lutz is already feeling the love thanks to his hit movie “Twilight.” Just last week he was pictured running with his shirt off while female fans everywhere drooled. So far, though, the attention doesn’t seem to be going to his head. “It’s more humbling than anything. It’s nice to have support from the fans,” says the exceptionally handsome one-time Abercrombie & Fitch model, who’s also in the 2010 reboot of “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” Lutz , who recently finished the “Twilight” sequel, “New Moon,” tells us that after a much-needed break, the cast will reunite again to begin the third film in the vampire franchise, “Eclipse,” in August. “It’s always great not saying goodbye. We have a lot to look forward to with shooting the new movies.” 

RACIAL REALITY: Casting is underway for “The Color of Love” with producers eager to find the ideal bachelor for the forthcoming reality show that can’t help but bring out racial contrasts. He should be 28-40, attractive, charismatic, full of energy, biracial — half black and half white – with a history of dating white and black women. And of course, he should be in the market for a meaningful relationship.

 

                                            With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster