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Dr. Drew Pinksy: Corey Haim Should Have Done My Show

Dr. Drew Pinksy: Corey Haim Should Have Done My Show

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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Filed Under: Corey Haim, Drew Pinsky
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Dr. Drew: Celebs Shouldn't Rush Rehab | Drew Pinsky

Dr. Drew: Celebs Shouldn't Rush Rehab

Originally posted 07/01/2008 09:15AM

When it comes to alcoholism and drug dependency, celebrities often looking for a quick fix says Dr. Drew Pinksy.

Stars often choose supposedly intense abbreviated programs in exclusive environments to rid them of their demons – but the addiction specialist insists such regimens often do not tackle the problem properly.

"If you had cancer, you would drop everything," Pinsky tells the Associated Press. "You would take whatever time it needed to do the treatment and do what it takes to get out on the other side. Here's a disease that is more dangerous, and we can't get people to take three months."

The host of radio's Love Line and VH1's Celebrity Rehab claims that substance abuse has reached a crisis point in Hollywood.

"Today, in the celebrity world, we're seeing an addiction epidemic," he said. "I don't like treating celebrities ... they're very, very difficult."

Filed Under: Drew Pinsky
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Dr. Drew: I Meant No Harm to Tom Cruise

Dr. Drew: I Meant No Harm to Tom Cruise

Originally posted 06/12/2008 03:15PM

Dr. Drew Pinsky issued a tempered apology to Tom Cruise on Thursday after the therapist raised questions about the actor's mental health.

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Tom Cruise and Dr. Drew Launch War of the Words

UpdatePosted 06/12/2008 02:20PM

Tom Cruise and Dr. Drew Launch War of the Words

Originally posted 06/12/2008 01:20PM

Tom Cruise is at odds with Dr. Drew Pinsky after the therapist raised questions about the actor's mental health.

Pinsky, the host of VH1's Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, speculates in an interview with Playboy that Cruise's Scientology beliefs could be a result of childlhood "neglect."

"A lot of people in the public eye who behave strangely have mental illness we can learn from, and much of it is based on childhood trauma, without a doubt," says Pinsky. "Take a guy like Tom Cruise. Why would somebody be drawn into a cultish kind of environment like Scientology? To me, that's a function of a very deep emptiness and suggests serious neglect in childhood – maybe some abuse, but mostly neglect."

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