"Pretty close to a remission," Harper's doctor says.
David Drew Pinsky
September 4, 1958 in Pasadena, California, USA
Originally the MTV generation's version of Dr. Ruth, Dr. Drew Pinsky later became recognized as a sort of anti-"Dr. Feelgood," specializing in dramatic, televised treatment programs featuring substance abusing ex-rockers, former stars and fading models. Early on, "Dr. Drew," as he was affectionately known, dished helpful advice to millions of teens through his nationally syndicated radio show "Loveline," alongside comedic co-host Adam Carolla. Eventually he branched out into television with the series "Strictly Sex with Dr. Drew" (Discovery Health Channel, 2005) and the reality program "Celebrity Rehab" (VH1, 2008- ), where he spent 21 days with stars who battled alcohol and drug addiction, including actor Jeff Conaway, wrestler Chyna, and former "American Idol" (Fox, 2002- ) contestant Jessica Sierra. While spin-offs like "Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew" (VH1, 2009) failed to work in the long-run, Pinsky continued to find success sticking to topics more relatable to the average American on his current affairs program "Dr. Drew" (HLN, 2011- ). Even as some sang the good doctor's praises for his work, speculation as to the effectiveness of his televised treatments once again came into question after Conway became one of several former "Rehab" patients to die, in part, due to issues related to their ongoing addictions. Admired by some and reviled by others, there was no denying that Pinsky and his methods were part of the tabloidian celebrity culture zeitgeist of the new millennium. LessOriginally the MTV generation's version of Dr. Ruth, Dr. Drew Pinsky later became recognized as a sort of anti-"Dr. Feelgood," … More