[12/19/08 - 06:01 AM]
VH1 Maintains Its Sobriety with 'Celebrity Rehab Presents Sober House'
The series, due on January 15, will feature "Rehab" alums Rodney King, Nikki McKibbin, Steven Adler, Amber Smith, Seth "Shifty" Binzer and Mary Carey as well as comedian Andy Dick.

[via press release from VH1]

VH1 Maintains Its Sobriety with 'Celebrity Rehab Presents Sober House'

"Celebrity Rehab Presents Sober House" Premieres Thursday, January 15 at 10pm*

VH1.com To Sneak Peek The First Episode Beginning Friday, January 9

NEW YORK, Dec. 19 -- At the end of the first season of VH1's "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew," each cast member was given the opportunity to spend three months living in a sober house as they transitioned from a rehab facility to the real world and many of them quietly took advantage of the opportunity. The cast from season two are also being given that same opportunity ... and this time it will be filmed.

"Celebrity Rehab Presents Sober House" is an eight-episode, one hour series that is set to premiere on Thursday, January 15 at 10pm*. Moving into the Sober House will be Rodney King, Nikki McKibbin, Steven Adler and Amber Smith from Season 2 of Celebrity Rehab, Seth "Shifty" Binzer and Mary Carey from Season 1 and comedian Andy Dick who will join the show a few episodes in.

Returning from "Celebrity Rehab" to help Dr. Drew in the Sober House is counselor Bob Forrest and program assistant, William Smith. Joining them will be resident "house mother," Jennifer Gimenez who has battled her own drug and alcohol demons. Jennifer, an actress in her own right who has starred in such films as Blow and Vanilla Sky, will live at Sober House to keep everyone on the clean and sober path to a healthy and successful life.

For two seasons, "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" chronicled celebrity patients as they underwent an intensive 21-day detoxification and rehab program through group and one-on-one therapies as well as non-traditional therapies like art and music.

Dr. Drew is a board certified addictionologist, the Service Director of the Chemical Dependency Program/Residential Treatment Center at Las Encinas Hospital, a staff member at Huntington Memorial Hospital, continues to run a private practice and is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Keck USC School of Medicine. He once again gives viewers an unflinching look at exactly how the rehab process works and what it feels like for participants. Dr. Drew hopes to use his celebrity patients to humanize the process and show viewers that treatment is a viable way to break the cycle of addiction.

"Celebrity Rehab Presents Sober House" will chronicle the dramatic, unscripted experiences of a group of celebrity addicts as they make the transition back into the real world full of the people and things that once led them into a life of addiction. The sober living house is an interim step on the path to sobriety where addicts can live in a supervised sober environment with structure and rules, i.e. mandatory curfews, chores and meetings. It's a place where addicts, most of which have spent the better part of their life in the throes of an addiction will learn how to essentially start their lives over from the ground up. In some cases, the addicts change everything from their jobs to their friends and for some they make the very difficult decision to eliminate the people they love who are toxic to their sobriety.

Throughout the course of their stay, the Sober House cast members will have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Drew in both one on one and group sessions in an effort to understand and advance their experience to its fullest potential. Although not living at the house, Dr. Drew and his staff will keep a watchful eye over all that goes on.

In the end viewers will witness the struggles of these celebrity patients as they experience the pressures of daily life with their sobriety hanging by a thread, forcing many of them to act out in various ways as they strive to find recovery and the road to a much happier fulfilling life.

Featured throughout the series will be several songs from the group, The Script, (Epic/Phonogenic) who are currently the biggest breaking new band of 2008 in both the UK and their native Ireland. Songs featured, will be off of their self titled U.S. debut album which is currently available digitally and will be released in stores on March 17. Viewers first heard their music when their song, "Before The Worst" was featured in the super trailer for "Celebrity Rehab Presents Sober House" during the season finale of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.

Additionally, VH1.com will launch a sneak peek of the first episode on Friday, January 9 before the on-air premiere. Subsequent episodes will be available on VH1.com following their on-air premiere. For more information on "Sober House," please log onto http://www.vh1.com/shows/dyn/sober_house/series.jhtml.

"Celebrity Rehab Presents Sober House" is executive produced by John Irwin and Damian Sullivan for Irwin Entertainment. Dr. Drew Pinsky and Howard Lapides are also executive producing. Jeff Olde, Jill Holmes, and Noah Pollack are executive producers for VH1.

VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with TV series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in 95 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital channels and services including VH1Classic, VH1 Soul, VH1 Mobile, VH1Games and extensive broadband video on VH1.com. Connect with VH1 at VH1.com.

*all times ET/PT

  [december 2008]  


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