Dr. Drew's Advice on Addiction and Abuse Video

Dr. Drew is one of the world's leading authorities on addiction and abuse, and Better sat down with him to discuss his recent shows, his take on social media, smoking, and much more. You don't want to miss this.
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Audra Lowe: He’s the head doc at Celebrity Rehab and Sober House on VH1. Well now, Dr. Drew Pinsky, the nationally known addiction expert is talking about another kind of addiction, smoking. Better sat down with Dr. Drew to talk about that and celebrity sex addicts also, his own kind of addiction. Dr. Drew is taking a little time off Celebrity Rehab to battle another addiction, smoking. Dr. Drew Pinsky: It is just amazing to me. There can still be 46 million of us out there that smoke in spite of the clear knowledge that it is a cause of heart disease, stroke, and cancers of various types. Audra Lowe: He says creating resources and support is essential. Dr. Drew Pinsky: Don’t try to do this alone. You need help. But trying to a culture key alone is not likely they’d be very successful. Audra Lowe: One new resource Dr. Drew is lending a support to is Facebook. Dr. Drew Pinsky: My philosophy in the use of media, since I very got involved, I early got involved with it as a young man. I’ve always felt like media was a very powerful negative force in our culture. It just always made sense to me that anything that could be so powerfully problematic should be able to be use in a positive direction as well. Audra Lowe: The smoking habit is pervasive in his patients. Dr. Drew Pinsky: There is data that suggest that smoking is the entry level drug to other more other serious addiction. So, all of my addicts do smoke and they did start with tobacco. Audra Lowe: Dr. Drew says, you can count on another season of Celebrity Rehab but he doesn’t know who’s checking in. Dr. Drew Pinsky: I don’t get involved in a casting for Celebrity Rehab. I can’t very well say, “Hey, you’re an addict type. Wait until the camera heats up, I can treat it.” I would have to take them to treatment right then. Audra Lowe: He does stay in touch with his former celebrity patients. Dr. Drew Pinsky: I do stay in touch with all of them. I give them all an opportunity to stay in touch with me. Some of them don’t, Dennis not so much. His people stay in touch with me but he, not so much but just about all the rest of them I have contacted some point or another. Audra Lowe: The doctor thinks Tiger Woods rehab was legit. Dr. Drew Pinsky: Now, Tiger was admitted to one of the highest qualities sex addiction treatment program in the country. He met the criteria for admission. He has all the earmarks of it, that severe shame, the severe consequences on important people, on his career and then loss of control. That’s sex addiction and when you see it, if you watch our sex rehab program, it’s not so. Audra Lowe: And celebs checking into rehab and the negative perception that gives to rehabilitation is one reason Dr. Drew decided to do a show. Dr. Drew Pinsky: When people came to me to do Celebrity Rehab, I thought, interesting but it never happen and I was sort of loosely interested until one day, Bob Forrest, the guy with the red hair in the glasses, plopped down in my office and said, “You know? I am so sick and tired of our treatment being trivialize as some sort of spa adventure. I’m sick of our patients. We treated a lot of celebrities back then being thought of as being in some sort of publicity campaign when we know how sick and what misery they’re in.” He goes “We need a TV show where we show that sometime on. Bob, you really you think so? I was still unsure and I said, “All right, I keep moving forward if you think we should, he said, “We got to do it.” And it turned it out to be a good thing. Audra Lowe: The head rehab doc says, he tries to stay balanced but he’s not immune with his own addictions. Dr. Drew Pinsky: I have to watch out from my work-aholism. Right now, I’m not so balanced. I spend time with my family everyday, workout everyday and try to get enough sleep. I practice medicine. I try to at least three or four times a week, just keeping your priority straight and having adequate structure to your life and I did a lot of therapy of my own too to sort of be c

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