The other day, a friend and I were playing the “which professional on Celebrity Rehab would you be?” game. You know… kind of like “which Sex & the City character are you most like?” or “who would you want as your partner on Dancing with the Stars?” — but a little less mainstream. In fact, I’m lucky to have friends that will tolerate this “game,” since my husband is not a fan of the show (to say the least) and always answers “none of them.” Grr.
Anyway, while discussing Bob Forest, we decided that we wouldn’t want to have to hunt patients down when they left treatment AMA. Do addiction counselors really do that? It’s TV-rehab, so I’m guessing probably not, but I have no experience in this domain so I don’t really know. I can’t say I’ve ever seen a psych professional ever go searching for a patient, though. In fact, I’m pretty sure it would be viewed as inappropriate. I’m trying really hard to envision the ED-version of Bob’s driving into the dessert to get Heidi back into treatment… but I’m having a hard time imagining my dietitian (or therapist, or anyone else) driving to my house (or local laundromat?) to make sure I didn’t skip lunch. It would never (even in a million years) happen.
There are lots of things that professionals do in Celebrity Rehab which I’ve never heard of before:
- Actually going out and finding patients that leave treatment AMA.
- Having patients stay at your house for a night if they leave sober living.
- Have your house re-decorated while you’re in treatment.
- Going to the veterinarian with you if you have to put your dog down.
- House calls (or hotel, in Seth’s case) to visit former patients and convince them to come back to treatment.
- Setting up random activities to help patients find themselves (ballet lessons for Mary, a benefit concert with School of Rock for Mike)
Just to name a few. Again, I know it’s VH1 and not exactly “real life,” but wow — where can I find a treatment center that will redecorate my house while I’m gone?