Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Celebrities Giving Rehab A Bad Name

DESTIN, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Repeat rehabbers like Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan have a drug counselor in Destin, Florida, up in arms.

Counselor Barnett Gilmer works at the Narconon Gulf Coast Rehabilitation Center and says the recent influx of celeb stints at rehab facilities is giving sobriety a bad rep.

Says Gilmer: “It’s minimizing the seriousness of the situation. Seeing celebrities like Lindsay Lohan back out partying right away after being in rehab for a week makes you realize not everyone is taking recovery seriously.”

Gilmer believes the public is also to blame, especially websites that have polls about who will relapse first or even croak from too much partying.

As he puts it, “Just look at Anna Nicole Smith. If someone had taken her to rehab, we might not have had this tragedy on our hands.”

He warns that rehab is really a life or death situation and doesn’t think people are treating it more as “a rite of passage.”

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