Dr. Drew Pinsky (known familiarly as Dr. Drew) is the pre-eminent expert on drug addiction and alcoholism in this country. He is most famous for his TV show Celebrity Rehab, whose patients boast a relapse rate below 80%, and a death rate below 15%.
AddictionMyth sat down recently with Dr. Drew for an intimate conversation conducted entirely by mental telepathy.
AddictionMyth: First of all you are my HP, so I want to thank you for the strength you give to me daily. It’s really an honor to be communing with you. In your interview on Huffington Post, you quote a patient: “I can’t even tell when I’m bullshitting anymore.” You acknowledge that drug addicts are notorious liars. Does the lying precede the addiction? Could it be that the addiction itself is a lie?
Dr. Drew: Perhaps I hadn’t really considered that. But these people really are suffering, and that’s no lie.
AM: Your show Celebrity Rehab has a death rate around 13%. Do you think that your promotion of the 12 Step brainwashing cults as ‘treatment’ for addiction can actually create devastating addiction for the actors on the show, who are told to believe that they are powerless?
DD: I doubt it. Why would someone willingly believe they were powerless? That’s just crazy. If they really were just acting they would deserve an Oscar for their performance!
AM: Why do you think that choosing a god and praying to it to remove your ‘character defects’ is a valid medical treatment? How does this work exactly?
DD: Well that I don’t know exactly. I’m a doctor not a priest.
AM: Is is possible that addiction is completely fake, and you are being played for a fool by some, and brainwashing others into a deadly self-deception?
DD: Lol perhaps but I’m makin’ major bank!