06:58 PM EDT 10/21/2013
Originally posted 09/24/2013 06:45PM
Returning from a Caribbean vacation two years ago, Dr. Drew Pinsky felt as if he had been hit with a nasty tropical disease, with chills so violent he went to the hospital.
The illness passed, but at the urging of his wife he went for a follow-up examination that turned up something else: an elevated PSA, a sign of potential trouble in his prostate. He was treated for prostatitis, an inflammation of the prostate, but not getting better, he reluctantly had a biopsy.
"Lo and behold, I have cancer," Pinsky, 55, tells PEOPLE exclusively. "I was doing Lifechangers" – a daytime show on The CW – "and my HLN show was going. My wife and I had this great relationship, very active sexually. This could screw everything up. It was a terrible feeling."
Originally posted 02/19/2013 12:55PM
On Sunday night, when news hit of Mindy McCready's apparent suicide, Lisa D'Amato got a phone call from actress Mackenzie Phillips, a cast mate on season 3 of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.
"We were just trying to put it all together, figure out what happened," D'Amato tells PEOPLE. "Mackenzie doesn't know either. The one thing about Mindy is that she was very much seeming to be fine and perfect on the surface, but she was battling a lot."
McCready, 37, became the third person from their season to die, joining musician Mike Starr and reality star Joey Kovar. "I'm just numb," says D'Amato. "She was such a beautiful, warm-hearted, giving, lovely woman."
Originally posted 02/18/2013 01:15PM
Mindy McCready's tragic suicide on Sunday makes the country singer the fifth person who has starred in Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew to die in the past two years.
"I am deeply saddened by this awful news. My heart goes out to Mindy's family and children. She is a lovely woman who will be missed by many," Dr. Drew Pinsky told PEOPLE in a statement. "Although I have not treated her for a few years, I had reached out to her recently upon hearing about the apparent suicide of her boyfriend and father of her younger children. She was devastated."
He continued: "Although she was fearful of stigma and ridicule she agreed with me that she needed to make her health and safety a priority. Unfortunately it seems that Mindy did not sustain her treatment."
Originally posted 02/23/2012 05:30PM
It's still just Kate plus eight.
Kate Gosselin revealed Wednesday on Dr. Drew's Lifechangers that she's still single, though she's open to the idea of dating.
"I am lonely," says the former reality star mom, 36. "I clean up the house, put kids to bed, and there I sit. Ideally I would find that person – I don't know if I feel ready for that."
Asked if she has a love life, she replied: "No. I'm too busy. I think a lot of my friends, who are being constructive, say, 'Gosh, who are you going to meet that is going to be able to deal with eight kids?' My answer is always if they can deal with eight kids in our situation, it probably will be the person."
Originally posted 05/31/2011 08:30AM
Although Jeff Conaway, who died on Friday at the age of 60, often spoke of his longtime battle with drug and alcohol addiction, he "was a terribly complex case with chronic pain, opiate addiction and severe childhood trauma," says Dr. Drew Pinsky, who had worked with the actor over the past few years.
Conaway's family has waived their HIPAA privacy rights, to allow Dr. Pinsky to talk to PEOPLE about Conaway's medical history.
"One of the deeply moving aspects of Jeff's case was the profound trauma he suffered during childhood," says Pinsky. "He described these events on [Celebrity Rehab], but viewers somehow did not really understand the profound, painful grinding quality of what he lived through."
Originally posted 05/21/2011 10:15PM
Jeff Conaway needs all the help and well-wishes he can get, according to Dr. Drew Pinsky.
The former Taxi actor, who was hospitalized earlier this week, is "not doing well today suddenly," Pinsky Tweeted Saturday evening. The doctor later described Conaway's state as "tenuous."
Pinksy – who previously worked to help Conaway with his addiction to cocaine, painkillers and alcohol on Celebrity Rehab – visited the actor Friday.
"Just visited Jeff Conaway. He is stable & looks like he will recover from his pneumonia," Pinsky wrote Friday evening. "Not an OD like press is alleging & certainly not dead."
However on Saturday, Pinsky said that Conaway, 60, had taken a turn for the worse. "[He is] still considered critical with #sepsis. Many people die from septic shock. yes, he is VERY tenuous," wrote Pinsky. "My hopes & prayers r with him & his family! … Yes, we all need to pray for him."
Originally posted 01/31/2011 11:45AM
Charlie Sheen has made a career of playing down his real-life bad-boy tendencies by playing them up on screen.
That may be good for the actor's career but, according to Dr. Drew Pinsky of VH1's Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, it's not a good strategy for addiction recovery.
Sheen "is not a cartoon character bad boy," the internist, 52, tells PEOPLE. "This is somebody with some character [and] logical flaws that make him like to be a bad boy, but ... [he] has a life-threatening illness."
Originally posted 01/26/2011 03:30PM
It's been five months since graduation for season 4 of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew was taped in August, but Dr. Drew Pinsky will host a live reunion with the cast Wednesday (10 p.m. ET) on VH1.
Of the patients seen on the show – socialite Jason Davis, former supermodel Janice Dickinson, actor Eric Roberts, singer Leif Garrett, Keyshia Cole's mom Frankie Lon, actor Jeremy London, reality star Jason Wahler and party planner Rachel Uchitel – Pinksy says, "I'm still seeing some of them. Some are drifting, some are more engaged than ever."
While treating celebrities for drugs and alcohol has become a specialty for Pinsky, he's also hoping to reach people before the have a chance to become one of his patients.
Originally posted 01/07/2011 12:50PM
Lindsay Lohan may be out of rehab now – but is she out for good?
Dr. Drew Pinsky, of VH1's Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, says the answer may depend on how she embraces what he refers to as "the next stage in treatment."
"The way the treatment works is you step down," the TV personality and internist, 52, tells PEOPLE. "You don't go from intensive treatment back to your life, so it's not like it's all over."
Originally posted 03/11/2010 01:30PM
Corey Haim apparently made a fatal mistake when he recently told Celebrity Rehab's producers he had no interest in participating, the show's host, Dr. Drew Pinsky, tells PEOPLE.
Pinsky, an addiction-medicine specialist, says that friends and associates of the former child actor – who died Wednesday at 38 – have told him for years that Haim needed help with recovery. Pinsky says he gave them his phone number but Haim never called.
Pinksy adds that although Haim has been to rehab facilities several times, "he wasn't embracing treatment in any real way" and was only fooling himself when he told his show's producers "I do not need help."
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