Sex Rehab follows 8 individuals, some of them semi-well known, as they struggle with their inner demons that led them to have sexual addictions that threaten to ruin their lives. They include a film director, two former porn stars, a pro surfer, a rock drummer, two models, and a beauty queen. Now, this is a fairly typical reality TV series from VH1, so don't expect dramatic brilliance on the level of some shows like Intervention. But I was pleasantly surprised at the depth of the therapy and the development of the relationships between the patients. Some of them respond better to therapy than others (Kari Anne comes off as completely nuts, but then she was also secretly on drugs during filming), but you really get to know each one as the series progresses. Dr. Drew and Jill are very perceptive and compassionate therapists and really change the patients' lives for the better. This series is not perfect, and is sometimes hampered by the youth-oriented reality TV style that the VH1 producers are known for. The biggest sign of this is the editing, which left out some interesting stuff in favor of wasting time recapping previous episodes and previewing future events in a repetitive fashion. Maybe the fact that most reality shows promote sensationalism, sex and drugs makes this show so refreshing and rewarding, because it promotes real relationships, self-improvement and self control. It ends up overcoming its own stylistic limitations and is very worthwhile. Nearly everyone who participated had their lives changed forever. If that isn't worth watching, I don't know what is.
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