Dr. Drew: “I’m not an expert on sex addiction, I surrounded myself with … people who were”

Dr. Drew Pinsky has responded to Sex Rehab cast member Duncan Roy’s criticism that Dr. Drew didn’t know anything about sex addiction by admitting that he didn’t know much about sex addiction.

“I learned a lot about treating sex addiction while working on the show. Knowing that I’m not an expert on sex addiction, I surrounded myself with a team of people who were. I’m leading the team, I’m organizing the team, but I’m not the expert,” Drew told Benoit Denizet-Lewis.

He doesn’t address any of the other criticism directly, including that he parroted what the real expert said in order for the producers to make him look like an expert. But he did admit that Kari Ann tested positive for drugs. “Kari Ann was a terribly complicated case. We were doing everything we could. She came off as much more disruptive (on TV) than she did during treatment. You can argue that we gave her too many swings at the plate, but I was encouraged by the experts to give her more time and another chance. I was always suspicious that she was more of an addict than we knew, and that she might have been using speed. But she was also on Adderall, and that made her toxicology inconclusive about whether she was using.”

Denizet-Lewis, the author of America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life, previously wrote that he likes the show because Dr. Drew is “not out to make fun of sex addiction, nor does he misrepresent what the addiction is about. This is an achievement in itself. The vast majority of television shows and movies that depict recovering sex addicts get just about everything wrong.” He also says that accurately depicts “the emotional upheaval and confusion common to sex addicts in inpatient treatment.”

Dr. Drew Responds to Sex Rehab Cast Member’s Claims and Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew [Benoit Denizet-Lewis]

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