On last night's premiere of Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew, eight (minor celebrity) patients who love sex, masturbation, and porn checked into treatment for their sexual compulsions. Their stories lead the viewer to ask, "Am I a sex addict?"



In an interview with Dr. Drew about the show, Rich Juzwiak pointed out that the show will make people wonder if they are sex addicts. Dr. Drew responds:

[W]hen it comes to sexual addiction, really you have to look at how deeply embedded in trauma that frequently is. Not everybody has trauma. People have periods of their lives where these things come up, and they might get carried away, let's say. That does not an addict make. That's just like when someone binge drinks for a while and then stops.

In this clip, the Jeff Spicoli-esque surfer James Lovett talks about masturbating until he is in pain. He also tells Dr. Drew that he has never contracted an STD, but upon a physical examination, he learns that he has HPV in his throat.


Adult film actress Penny Flame discusses how she has issues with emotional intimacy. When she entered rehab, her bags were searched for drugs and sex toys. She had several vibrators, dildos, and a pair of knee pads confiscated. Other rules in sex rehab are detailed in a a celibacy contract that each patient signed. It calls for no pornography, no seductive behavior, appropriate dress, dress, and worst of all, no masturbation.


What's odd, to me anyway, is that this sex rehab is co-ed. I would think that this would make the entire process difficult, if not impossible.


But perhaps the constant platonic interaction with the opposite sex is part of the treatment.