The Hippocratic Oath is an oath taken by Physicians. One of the very first parts of this oath is First do no harm. Hopefully I don’t really have to explain too much of this. Basically the Physician puts the patients safety and life first.
Dr. Drew Pinsky is a Board Certified Internist and Board Certified in Addiction Medicine. This is from his Website. At first he had Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at USC but that is now gone.
Personally (and most of this is going to be personal) I believe Mental Health and Addiction needs to be treated together. Usually where you find one, you will find the other. If you don’t someone isn’t being honest. No one wakes up one day and says “You know what? I think I’ll take up Crack today. Yeah. Sounds pretty good. And after that maybe some IV drugs just in case the Crack isn’t fun enough”. Said no one ever.
There is always a reason. The problem is humans are either too afraid of the reason or honestly don’t remember the reason.
I admit there always exceptions to every rule. Some people are just f*cked up. They can’t be explained. But their numbers are few.
I admit that I watched “Celebrity Rehab”. I admit I watched “Celebrity Rehab” as an active Alcoholic. I would sit there and actually think I wasn’t as bad as some of people on the show.
But there came a time when I started to feel something in the pit of my stomach. Like rancid milk. I would watch a person unravel and think “there is more going on here than alcoholism. This person doesn’t need cameras they need psychiatric help”. It was before Mike Starr died from an overdose in 2011. He was the bassist for Alice in Chains. There was a much deeper, darker, pain in his eyes. And sometimes there was nothing in his eyes.
You can go to 100 meetings in a 100 days and it won’t do shit if you also have a Mental Illness that is not being treated or diagnosed. When I say “Mental Illness” that means anything from an Anxiety Disorder, Eating Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Schizophrenia, and Social Phobia. It does not mean you need to be locked down in a Psychiatric Facility for an unspecified amount of time.
What Dr. Drew did was exploit people who were no longer “famous”, who had addiction and mental health problems, who thought by being on television again it would revive their careers, and were emotionally ripped to shreds in the process. He made bad situations worse. Now some of these people might have died anyway. Some he could’ve done way more than he did, but he chose not to.
from Season 1 and 2 passed away at the age of 60 in 2011. He was found Unconscious with opiates and other drugs in his system. Addiction and Depression possible Bipolar.
Rodney King from Season 2 had Alcohol, Cocaine, Marijuana, and PCP in his system which authorities say contributed to his drowning in 2012. Addiction, PTSD and Depression.
Joey Kovar from MTV’s Real World: Hollywood was on the third season. At the age of 29 he died from “opiate intoxication”. He suffered from addiction and mental health issues exhibited on the show.
Mindy McCready died from a self inflicted gun shot wound at the age of 37 in 2013 she had both addiction and mental health issues including Trauma.
Joanie Laurer (Chyna) passed away April 2016 from an overdose. She had many problems. Gender Identity, Possible Bipolar, Addiction, and Trauma. She’s the one that bothers me most. Everyone watched. They watched and watched. They did nothing. She was in so much pain it was like electricity shooting off of her.
I wasn’t sure whether to laugh, cry, or throw something when I read the condolence Tweets from the very same people who ruined her. Were some of them hit in the head with too many chairs, that they forgot the reason why she wasn’t wrestling with WWE?? Then to have the balls to give a half assed condolence made me sick. You are partly to blame. Own it!
So has Dr. Drew really helped anyone but himself?
TO BE CONTINUED…….
Due to Dr. Drew’s appearance on the radio tonight I’m posting this again.