Mindy McCready and Dr. Drew

Country music fans were shocked to hear that singer Mindy McCready ended her own life this week at the age of 37. McCready had struggled with alcohol and depression in the past. She’d attempted to take her own life four times prior (source).

Dr. Drew and VH1

Dr.-Drew-Pinsky-Host-of-Celebrity-RehabIn 2009, McCready starred on Dr. Drew Pinsky’s VH1 show Celebrity Rehab. On the show, Pinsky, a certified doctor of internal medicine and addiction expert, attempts to rehabilitate celebrities with addictions.

Unfortunately Pinsky cannot rehabilitate everyone. Since the show began in 2008, five of the participants have died: Mike Starr, Joey Kovar, Rodney King, Jeff Conaway, and now McCready.

Backlash for Dr. Drew

Pinsky is feeling the backlash. People argue that he profits off celebrity misfortune, he doesn’t really care about them and that his treatments are reckless.

Representatives from the Pinsky camp were quick to fire back:

“I can tell you Dr. Drew went above and beyond with Mindy, he wanted to help her but she didn’t really take the help. He was very good to her, but it all proved too much. It was the perfect storm – losing [McCready’s] boyfriend who she loved, her kids being taken away, then rehab and coming home to an empty house. It was a tragedy, but for people to try and blame him is wrong.” (source)

There is some indication that Pinsky and McCready maintained contact after her time on the show. He did provide her with access to renowned physicians when she left.

Can we blame Drew?

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Those afflicted with addiction can either get help or continue struggling with the problem. McCready chose to get help from Pinsky, but he’s not a miracle worker. This is a worst case scenario.

McCready’s death is tragic, especially because she leaves children behind. It raises sad truths about the singer’s life, not an examination of the methods used on a television show.

McCready’s appearance on the show was an attempt for help. If you or someone you know would like to seek help in ending their problem with drugs or alcohol, our friends at ARCpoint Labs can help.

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Photo Credits: Celebrity Rehab and US Weekly

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47 Comments to “Mindy McCready and Dr. Drew”

  1. ARCpoint Labs of Irving 23 February 2013 at 6:53 pm #

    Such tragic news in the wake of this horrible event. It’s too often we lose these celebrities, and can only hope her family and fans find support.

  2. TITLE Boxing Club Blue Springs 24 February 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    People are quick to place blame when there isn’t any. Tragedy happens.

  3. This is sad. I am sure Dr. Drew did all that he could.

  4. TITLE Boxing Club Prairie Village 24 February 2013 at 8:41 pm #

    It makes you wonder if he truly has the patients best interests in heart. I choose to believe that he does.

  5. The Hydeman Company 25 February 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    Very sad news. I don’t like how it has turned into a blame game though.

  6. Title Boxing Club of Peoria 26 February 2013 at 6:50 pm #

    I was a fan of Mindy’s musically and I watched her on Dr. Drew. It is really sad that she could not get straight. I hope her family finds peace in this dark time. So sad.

  7. Arcpoint Labs of Richmond 26 February 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    Such a tragedy. It is always sad to hear about anyone being taken too soon when they could have just asked for help.

  8. TITLE Boxing Club Brandon 27 February 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    It’s always a shame when someone takes their own life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family.

  9. Fletcher, Rohrbaugh, & Chahine 27 February 2013 at 7:22 pm #

    Such a terrible story watching this talented young woman growing up. She seems to have been troubled for a long time, and blaming anyone is only taking away from the real story. How can we help educate about depression, among loved ones?

  10. AAMCO Transmissions & Total Car Care 28 February 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    It is sad that they are blaming him for what she did. He did take the Hippocratic Oath…

  11. TITLE Boxing Club Brookfield 28 February 2013 at 9:25 pm #

    This is a very sad story. So much talent wasted.

  12. ARCpoint Labs of Jackson 1 March 2013 at 7:44 pm #

    This has become a trend in todays society. I really hope it ends soon and never starts again.

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