January 17th, 2012
03:18 PM ET
Giving recovering stars a break from showing their struggles with addiction on national TV, Dr. Drew Pinsky is taking the "celebrity" out of his VH1 reality show and is opting to work more with everyday people.
Pinsky's new program is tentatively being called "Rehab with Dr. Drew," and will "follow the real-life experiences of young adults who are struggling with addiction as they undergo the same detoxification and treatment plan at The Pasadena Recovery Center" that was featured on the "Celebrity Rehab" version, a statement says.
The idea is to reflect the struggles of the network's core demographic, and so "Rehab with Dr. Drew" will focus on 20- and 30-somethings who are trying to get clean and gain a fresh start.
Pinsky says in the statement that he's "excited" to be able to continue to educate the TV audience about "the deadly disease of addiction."
“The stigma and shame associated with drug and alcohol addiction prevents many from getting the help that they need,” he said. “It is my sincere hope that this show will encourage people who are struggling to seek the help. Treatment works and there is hope and recovery is possible.”
"Rehab with Dr. Drew" is slated to bow on VH1 this summer.
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