Monday, January 16, 2012





PASADENA, JANUARY 16, 2012 --  Eleven years ago on Martin Luther King Day the Pasadena Recovery Center opened it's doors and admitted it's first client.  Founded by psychiatrist Dr. Lee Bloom, his daughter, Alison Triessl and his son, Michael Bloom, the Pasadena Recovery Center has always been dedicated to providing compassionate, comprehensive and affordable treatment to those suffering from chemical dependency.  Today marked the center's 11th anniversary and to celebrate the occasion a special luncheon was held.  Distinguished guest speakers Dr. David Smith, founder of the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic and noted expert on addiction, and Dr. Matthew Torrington discussed advances in addiction treatment with 50 plus guests who gathered at the center.  

David E. Smith, MD, FASAM, FAACT, has been pivotal in gaining acceptance for the concept of addiction as a disease, and is a Fellow and Past President of the American Society for Addiction Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology. He is an inaugural Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and serves as Chair of Adolescent Addiction Treatment at Newport Academy, Medical Director of Center Point, and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the founder of the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic.  Dr. Smith has authored and co-authored over 350 professional articles and over two dozen books, including It’s So Good, Don’t Even Try It Once: Heroin in PerspectiveThe Physician’s Guide to Psychoactive Drugs, Drugfree: A Unique, Positive Approach to Staying Off Alcohol and Other Drugs, and Clinician’s Guide to Substance Abuse. He is the founder and publisher of The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.

Pasadena Recovery Center is a leader in the field of treating clients with dual diagnosis - individuals suffering from chemical dependency and other emotional or behavioral issues.  The center offers inpatient and outpatient treatment programs as well as a comprehensive family program.  

TV viewers may recognize the Pasadena Recovery Center as the backdrop for Vh1's hit reality series "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew."  All 5 seasons of the series were filmed on location at the center and the just announced 6th season will also be filmed here this summer.

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Photos by Valerie Allen
L-R  Michael Bloom, Alison Triessl, Mrs. Tobie Bloom, Dr. David Smith

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Vh1 and Dr. Drew Check Back Into Rehab

via press release:
VH1 and Dr. Drew Check Back Into Rehab
This Season Of Rehab Will Expand To Assist Young Adults In Need of Drug And Alcohol Treatment
PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 14, 2012 -- VH1 is once again partnering with Dr. Drew Pinsky to lead a group of addicts through the difficult process of getting clean and sober. The new season of "Rehab with Dr. Drew" (Tentative title) will not feature celebrities with substance abuse issues, but instead follow the real-life experiences of young adults who are struggling with addiction as they undergo the same detoxification and treatment plan at The Pasadena Recovery Center as utilized in "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew." "Rehab with Dr. Drew" is set to premiere in the summer of 2012 on VH1 with eight one-hour episodes.
Over the years, many viewers have reached out to VH1 seeking assistance from Dr. Drew for their addiction issues. In this installment of the 'Rehab' franchise Dr. Drew and VH1 have decided to expand the benefits of the program to adults who are in dire need of treatment. The goal of the series is to treat a group of young adults in their twenties and thirties who are struggling to get clean and sober and give them guidance to get their lives back on track.
"This show has always resonated with our viewers but we feel this expanded format will hold up a mirror to our core audience and hopefully give them some new insight to this disease that touches almost everyone - whether they are struggling with addiction themselves or know someone who is," said Jeff Olde, EVP Original Programming and Production.
"I am so excited to once again have the opportunity to educate viewers about the deadly disease of addiction. More than 85 million Americans are affected by addiction, whether they've faced the disease themselves or have supported family members or friends through a substance abuse issue. The stigma and shame associated with drug and alcohol addiction prevents many from getting the help that they need," said Dr. Drew. "It is my sincere hope that this show will encourage people who are struggling to seek the help. Treatment works and there is hope and recovery is possible."
Dr. Drew is the host of the nationally syndicated late night radio show Loveline, the daytime talk show "Dr. Drew's Lifechangers" on the CW Network and the evening show "Dr. Drew" on HLN. He is a respected practicing MD, board certified in internal and addiction medicine, on staff at Huntington Hospital and assistant clinical professor of KECK USC School of Medicine. He is the author of the New York Times best seller The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism is Seducing America (Harper Collins) and Cracked: Putting Broken Lives Together Again (Harper-Collins.) Dr. Drew co-authored the first academic study on celebrities and narcissism that was published in the Journal of Research in Personality (Elsevier) in September 2006, and is the first systematic, empirical scholarly study of celebrity personality. Dr. Drew hosted VH1's "Sober House" and "Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew" and can be seen on MTV's "Teen Mom" and "16 & Pregnant."
Full episodes and extra scenes from "Rehab with Dr. Drew" will be available at and on VH1 Mobile each week following the show's on-air premiere in the summer of 2012.
"Rehab With Dr. Drew" is executive produced by John Irwin and Damian Sullivan for Irwin Entertainment. Dr. DrewPinsky and Howard Lapides also serve as executive producers. Jill Holmes, Tom Huffman and Jeff Olde are executive producers for VH1.
VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with TV series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in 99 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital channels and services including VH1Classic, VH1 Soul, VH1 Mobile, and extensive video on Connect with VH1 at

VH1 admits non-famous people into 'Rehab with Dr. Drew' - From Inside the Box - Zap2it

VH1 admits non-famous people into 'Rehab with Dr. Drew' - From Inside the Box - Zap2it

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Celebs Attend OnStar Tweet House at CES Las Vegas

WAYNE BRADY (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), GREG GRUNBERG (, MACKENZIE PHILLIPS (Celebrity Rehab) and JOEY FATONE attend the OnStar The Tweet House annual “It Won’t Stay in Vegas” party during CES  at the Stirling Club in Las Vegas.

Wayne Brady - actor, singer, comedian and television personality, known for his work as a regular on the American version of the improvisational comedy television series Whose Line Is It Anyway?,

GREG GRUNBERG at OnStar Tweet House CES Las Vegas

Greg Grunberg, best known for starring as Matt Parkman on the NBC television series Heroes, is also an accomplished technology entrepreneur and social geek with over 1.4 million followers on Twitter.
Mackenzie Phillis and Greg Grunberg at OnStar Tweet House at CES Las Vegas

Greg Grunberg, Wayne Brady and Joey Fatone at the OnStar Tweet House at CES Las Vegas

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Celebrities To Shine At 2012 CES

Tweet House to Host Annual "IT WON'T STAY IN VEGAS"

Celebrities To Shine At 2012 CES: Las Vegas - The stars usually comeout for International CES, and the 2012 e...