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Sober House
Format Reality
Starring Drew Pinsky
Jennifer Gimenez
Bob Forrest
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 9
Executive producer(s) Dr. Drew Pinsky
Running time 60 min.
Production company(s) Irwin Entertainment, Inc.
Distributor RDF Rights[1]
Original channel VH1
Original run January 15, 2009 – Present
Preceded by Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew
Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew
External links
Official website

Sober House is a VH1 reality television show. It is a spin-off of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, and premiered on January 15, 2009. Filming of Season 1 took place between late July and early August 2008.

Andy Dehnart of Reality Blurred called the series "more harrowing, compelling, and entertaining" than its parent show. Producer John Irwin concurs that Sober House is "more compelling than Celebrity Rehab. It really is where the real work begins with these guys."[2]



Sober House is a continuation of Celebrity Rehab, in which celebrities with substance addictions transition from a drug-rehabilitation center to a less structured, drug-free, sober living home. The home is run by House Manager Jennifer Gimenez and rehab tech Will Smith, a former stuntman. Bob Forrest serves as the head counselor. Dr. Drew Pinsky provides outpatient counseling to the recovering addicts during their time in the house.[2]

The production employs a camera crew for each cast member. Producers filmed 2,500 to 3,000 hours of footage for the nine 43-minute episodes of the first season. The camera crews are instructed not to interfere with the cast, but to alert producers if they observe unsafe behavior. This policy is what led to the calling of the police on Steven Adler during the first season.[2]

As with Celebrity Rehab, the cast members are paid for their appearance on the show.[2]

Recurring cast

The following are staff of the Pasadena Recovery Center, where the series is filmed. Casts for individual seasons are seen in sections for those seasons.

  • Jennifer Gimenez - The House Manager of the sober living facility. She is a model and actress, and a recovering addict herself, who first met Season 2 resident Tom Sizemore four years previously when they were both in treatment for substance abuse.[3]
  • Dr. Drew Pinsky - MD, addiction specialist.
  • Bob Forrest - The Head Counselor during group sessions.[3] He is also Chemical Dependency Program Director at Las Encinas Hospital.[4]
  • Will Smith - Technician described as the "muscle" of the facility.[3]

Season 1


Celebrity Alumnus of
Nikki McKibbin Celebrity Rehab, Season 2
Mary Carey Celebrity Rehab, Season 1
Seth Binzer Celebrity Rehab, Seasons 1 and 2
Steven Adler Celebrity Rehab, Season 2
Andy Dick Celebrity Rehab, Season 2
Amber Smith Celebrity Rehab, Season 2
Rodney King Celebrity Rehab, Season 2


Ep # Total Title Airdate
1 1 January 2009 (2009-01)
The patients arrive at the sober living facility. Jennifer Gimenez, the manager, explains the rules to them. Steven Adler comes to the house under the influence of drugs, and in possession of heroin
2 2 January 2009 (2009-01)
The house holds a barbecue for the friends of the participants. During the barbecue, Steven becomes noticeably aggravated, going to an upstairs bathroom when the power goes out. A heroin-caked tin foil pipe and a lighter are found in the bathroom after he leaves. After he continues to act in a combative manner towards the staff and the camera crews, Jennifer calls the police and asks them to remove him from the house. 
3 3 February 2009 (2009-02)
The police arrive at the facility and take Steven into custody due to his possession of heroin. The next morning the residents question Jennifer's decision to call the police. All of the residents, excluding Rodney King, go to a nightclub where their sobriety will be tested. Everyone back at the facility in time except for Seth Binzer, causing the others to fear he relapsed. He arrives an hour and a half after curfew, and states that he has remained sober throughout the night. 
4 4 February 2009 (2009-02)
Andy Dick joins the house after four days of sobriety, and shares a room with Seth. Against the advice of Jennifer and the rest of the housemates, Amber attends a party, where she relapses on alcohol and calls the house saying she will not be back in time for the curfew. 
5 5 February 2009 (2009-02)
Amber comes back to the house after a night of binge drinking. Meanwhile, Mary Carey is having trouble with her boyfriend, David, who constantly criticizes her. Seth becomes increasingly disturbed when David calls him a "has been", causing him to relapse. He abruptly leaves the group, causing unrest in the house. Seth communicates via MySpace to the housemates, in the form of increasingly disturbing messages. 
6 6 February 2009 (2009-02)
Seth relapses, sending via video messages to the rest of the cast. Rodney goes for a ride with Dr. Drew, showing him the location of his infamous beating and recounting the night's events. Later, the cast learns Seth went into a hospital and may be in serious condition. 
7 7 February 2009 (2009-02)
Seth returns to the facility after waking up in the hospital a few nights earlier. Nikki learns that two people in her life have died. Mary is at odds with her conscience when deciding whether or not to host Swingfest. Meanwhile, the housemates go paintballing, during which Jennifer's true feelings come out when Seth shoots her in the leg with a paint ball gun. Seth gives Jennifer some crack he finds in his shorts.[5] 
8 8 March 2009 (2009-03)
Rodney is eager to start his own sober living facility until he arrives at his house and is discouraged by the devastation wrought by his drinking. Mary breaks up with her David, to the delight of the cast. Nikki sings her song "Inconsolable", and Steve Adler may have fallen off the wagon again. Andy travels around town to make amends to the people he has hurt during his drunken binges to wary reactions. 
9 9 March 2009 (2009-03)
Andy makes amends to his son, Lucas, who bore the worst of his drinking. Dr. Drew remodels Rodney's home, much to his delight, and motivates him to stay sober. Amber faces the real world with severe anxiety but works her way through it to get her own apartment. Steve is busted for marijuana use and has to go back to the hospital. Seth's new song is picked up by legendary producer George Clinton, and has a new resolve to stay sober, thanks to a fellow band member also in recovery, and the addition of two new bodyguards to keep him on the straight and narrow. Mary and Nikki both face uncertain futures. 

Season 2

The second season of Celebrity Rehab Presents Sober House premiered March 11, 2010. The five alumni of Celebrity Rehab 3 arrived at the sober living facility one week after completing their drug rehab treatment depicted during that series.[3]


Celebrity Alumnus of
Dennis Rodman[6] Season 3
Heidi Fleiss[6] Season 3
Seth Binzer[6] Season 1, 2, Sober House 1
Jennie Ketcham[6] Sex Rehab
Kari Ann Peniche[6] Season 3, Sex Rehab
Kendra Jade Rossi[6] Sex Rehab
Tom Sizemore[6] Season 3
Mike Starr[6] Season 3


Ep # Total Title Airdate
1 10 March 11, 2010 (2010-03-11)
As the patients settle in, Jennifer Gimenez finds a crack pipe in Tom's luggage. Dennis refuses to sign the agreement required of all patients, which would preclude him from remaining. Kari Ann tests positive for methamphetamine, and becomes abusive toward Jennifer in a way that Dr. Drew recalls as the behavior she exhibited when under the influence. 

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