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celebrity rehab

The new season of Celebrity Rehab starts Thursday at 10:00pm. I watched the last season because I was curious about what goes on inside rehab. There is no special treatment or pampering for these celebs on this show. It's a bare bones facility but with professional and experienced rehab professionals.

What I witnessed was heart breaking and moving and inspiring. Not everyone made it, but most of them did. And to get there they had to examine every part of themselves that brought them to such a destructive place. And you can't watch people disect their own lives without looking at your own for similarities. So it's an experience of self exploration as well as inspiring to watch people start to take on, and in some cases, overcome their demons.

The surprising "celebrity" this season is Rodney King. I don't know if he was a drug addict before his infamous history changing public beating or if the trauma of it contributed to him becoming one after. But he is among the celebrities that will be fighting for his life. I will be riveted every Thursday night, without fail.


King was a drug addict before the beating. IIRC, he was on drugs that night and that was one of the reasons for the police chase that lead to the beating. His decision making ability was impaired and he led police on a chase instead of pulling over. I'm not talking about the appropriateness of the police actions here, btw, I'm just saying he had a problem before that incident and drugs were a contribuatory factor in that incident.
Interesting. They showed a clip of the doctor asking King what happened that night. He actually gives a moment by moment description, including what the cops said as they tasered him (things like "how do you like that?").