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The Celebrity Therapist

Last week on Celebrity Rehab, you saw me and Dr. Drew
and everyone else who has been working with Jason Davis very passionately try
to convince him to transfer to an in-patient facility. He refused. In his
one-on-one session with Dr. Drew, he also confessed that he really likes to
stir up trouble, get people upset and then sit back and watch the sparks fly.
He said sober living simply isn’t exciting enough for him. And that, of course,
is why we are all so worried for him.

            Even when you’re a millionaire, even
when your hobby is starting up companies (as Jason says his is), real life just
isn’t exciting every moment of very day. If you need to be constantly,
endlessly stimulated, real life is not going to satisfy you. That’s why Jason
is a heroin addict–when real life isn’t enough, he can move into high life,
party life, and take himself far outside of real life. If he can’t kick his
addiction to endless excitement, he’s never going to be able to kick his drug
habit either.

            One of the points of therapy in rehab
is to help us learn to live in the real world, as it is, without the need to
constantly stimulate ourselves. Sometimes the real world is exciting all on its
own. Sometimes it’s not. We have to learn to accept it both ways.

            The Law of Sobriety can really help
with this. It’s about finding your true passion and learning how to make that
the focus of your life, rather than seeking endless (but transitory) excitement
and stimulation. It’s also about learning to be grateful for the life you have.

            Last week, Jason sat in a room full
of people who all told him how much they cared about him and wanted to give him
the best possible chance for a full, sober life. That’s a lot to be grateful
for. I’m sorry he didn’t see it that way.

              Sherry Gaba, LCSW, is a Licensed Psychotherapist and Recovery and Life Coach on Celebrity Rehab on VH1 and author of “The Law of Sobriety”.  To learn more about Sherry’s workshops, book signings, teleseminars, upcoming speaking engagements, and coaching packages, contact Sherry at sherry@sgabatherapy.com.  Areas for Psychotherapy include Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Thousand Oaks, Malibu, and Calabasas.  Life and Recovery Coaching can be done by phone anywhere.

 

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