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Many of you already know my feelings about Drew Pinsky, the so called doctor who ran "Celebrity Rehab" on VH-1 for a few years and now, having run out of C grade pseudo celebs to exploit, it seems he has turned to regular people and is now calling his show just "Rehab with Drew Pinsky". The premier aired last night.
So far 4 of his former patients have died of overdoses and I lay a certain portion of the blame for their deaths at his doorstep. His "treatment" is barbaric, inhumane, unethical, exploitative, extremely dangerous from a physical standpoint, and frankly shocking. For example, in the past, he took a patient on methadone for a decade at 130mgs a day off methadone cold turkey, causing him to have a severe psychotic break from reality (not to mention covering his room--literally--in vomit), and then, because they wanted to keep the guy on the show since he had a bad temper and would make for good TV, they SECRETLY put him on Suboxone (which wasn't revealed until the next season) to enable him to get through the show. He is one of the ones who is now dead.
Another example--he took a patient who had been on Xanax for years and pulled her off cold turkey. Within two days she had a grand mal seizure, which Pinsky promptly blamed on the fact that her ex husband had once hit her on the head TWO YEARS EARLIER (which had never caused a seizure or any other issues), rather than his insanely pulling her off benzos without a taper--something any doctor KNOWS can cause seizures and even death.
A third example--he pulled another patient off both benzos and suboxone--which she was taking as prescribed to combat her addiction to vicodin. He told her that "no one takes suboxone for more than two or three days", and she begged him to please please taper her off, and he refused.
He called MMT all kinds of awful names, saying that it "destroys your life" and "kills your soul"., etc. He also stated that he has NEVER heard of ANYONE recovering without the twelve steps--that they are essential to recovery, and he tries to drag people two days into major opiate withdrawals to these meetings, as though they are going to get anything out of it.
Now, with this new group, he so far has a heavy duty alcoholic who is already in DT's, and three opiate addicts who will be going through withdrawal Pinsky style for all to see.
This piece of human garbage should have had his license yanked a LONG time ago. The fact that he is still practicing is a travesty.