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Celebrity Rehab 3 
23rd-Feb-2010 11:12 am
Man what a powderkeg this bunch of people are. If you don't watch the show, I actually recommend this show.

If you haven't seen the show, I'm listing a few spoilers, so read with caution.

It's a reality show that depicts what happens when celebrities are overcome by addiction.

The bottom falls out for them as readily as it does for poor street addicts. For some, the fall is harder and steeper. An example: Tom Sizemore. He pulled down $5 million a picture and wound up homeless. For a while, he and Heidi Fleiss lived the high life: spacious mansion in L.A., A-list parties, lavish clothes and jewellery. And drugs. Lots and lots of drugs. Heidi got addicted to Crystal Meth. Tom Sizemore; you name it. Coke, heroin, crank, booze, pot and acid. I think he did ecstacy as well. He rattled them off in such a quick succession. He came into the treatment centre with a horrifyingly spacy, high as a kite girlfriend. She uses with him. The relationship will never work with this girl unless she goes into treatment herself.

When Tom Sizemore and Heidi Fleiss were together, he split her head open during a drug induced rage. She has the misshapen face of someone who has been beaten too much. She now lives alone, isolated, with 20 large parrots.

Mackenzie Phillips is on the show. She admits that her father and her had an drug-induced incestuous relationship that she deeply regrets now. It's terrible what drugs will do to a person. How the monkey on the back can strangle a person with its tail. She blames herself way too much. A father should not be showing his daughter how to shoot up and take advantage of her sexually while passed out. She says it turned consensual, but she was never sober when it was going on. It's just not the same.

I watch how people with millions and millions of dollars get reduced to street people level because of their drug use. One by one, losing their trappings of wealth. The car, the jewels, lastly the house. Then becoming homeless, begging for drugs. Crashing from friends' to friends' house, as Tom Sizemore has been doing. The bottom is an equal opportunity space. Ask Claus van Damme.

One person who just showed up this episode is a person I just can't stand. A former Miss Teen winner who got addicted to crack. Her name is Kari-Ann and she's a brat. You can't just blame it on the drugs. This girl has no manners at all. No please and thank yous. Throwing stuff and people. Being combative and hurling insults. She had some horrible things happen to her. But that doesn't excuse throwing water in the face of a staff member who tried to help her.

When she demanded a particular brand of smokes from the staff, she was such a bitch about it that I thought Dennis Rodman was going to get up and smack her. Mackenzie just stared at her in disbelief. She finally got the brand she asked for, but she did not say thank you. She called the staff stupid.

Celebrity Rehab pumps up the drama to be sure, but it's instructional drama. Anybody who has had a jones for drugs or knows someone who joneses should watch this show.
23rd-Feb-2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
I've seen the show, but unfortunately, it reinforces my view of addicts as folks that never grew up. Like bratty kids whose parents give them everything, they expect that the world is arranged for their convenience and the rest of us can serve or get the fuk away...
23rd-Feb-2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
Having been married to an addict like that until recently, I can definitely see your point. (My own behaviour hasn't been the healthiest at times, either.) But yeah... real life is often more complex...
(that Kari-Ann creature, though, I would just ignore until she learns some goddamn manners. She sounds fucking atrocious.)

Edited because I'm jetlagged and can't spell.

Edited at 2010-02-23 06:42 pm (UTC)
23rd-Feb-2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
One of my older brothers, Terry passed last yrs form a lifetime of heavy Drinking. Honestly, even in his 60's he never grew past perhaps a highschool junior Emotionally. If he hadn't had a "knack" for slot machines he'd probably ended up Homeless. It'd drive me and my younger brother nutz that the folks would spend so much time catering to his self-created problems...
8th-Mar-2010 11:45 pm (UTC)
She's pretty bad. She starts to calm down as the series goes on but she is still pretty unmannered.
8th-Mar-2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
The show deteriorates from there asDennis Rodman's wife asks for a divorce.
9th-Mar-2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, these Addiction shows as well as "Hoarders" have reinforced what family experiences(my fraternal grandmother, my two older brothers, esp Terry)that a lot of mental illness is caused by developement problems. The brain remains at different stages of Childhood while the body matures. Grandma never emotionally left the pre-teens(which was fine in her day. Women who acted childish were considered "Womanly", esp in Catholic cultures). The only difference between Terry and a 9 yr old was his body and the types of toys and size of the mess...
23rd-Feb-2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
Haven't seen this series (but did see series 2, which was disturbing enough.) Now that I'm in Australia again, I'm not likely to... but yeah, the more I see of that stuff, the more I think, "I really am too old for any more of this shit."
8th-Mar-2010 11:45 pm (UTC)
I agree completely.
24th-Feb-2010 01:06 am (UTC)
It was watching the first season where I was telling Dan I wanted to work at a place like that. "They need nurses, right?" "Er, I guess so." "So a nurse can do the counselling or something, get the NP and do that, right?" "Yeah, I guess. But maybe you want to be a counsellor or something? You'd be good at it." "BUT I AM IN NURSING SCHOOL!" "Yes, you are..."

Fast forward: "I don't want to be a nurse, I want to be some sort of therapist or psychologist!" Dan: "..."

I've watched so many lives destroyed by addiction.
8th-Mar-2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, me too. It's sad but I think it makes a case for legalization of drugs. There is a pilot program in Vancouver where they give out clean needles and prescriptions of heroin and it's been amazing how many have said they had enough and go into treatment. It's so much better than watching them die like dogs on the streets.
24th-Feb-2010 10:10 am (UTC)
I really love this show, as it shows more reality of addiction than others I've seen. I've watched other years, as well as the sex addict show, and post rehab show.

Kari Ann is so annoying. I really wonder if she's "acting" this way to get more fame. She was on the sex addict show and was kicked off, and got someone fired from the staff. She threw a vase at the staff member and the staff grabbed her. It was really sad.

8th-Mar-2010 11:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I saw that episode too. She claimed she threw it at "the wall." It didn't look like she was aiming at the wall. But she was heavily addicted to speed at the time. She was out of her mind. I'll excuse that—once. Not twice. I think they at the show are thinking the same thing.
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