Working on Celebrity Rehab Alligns with my Values

November 14th, 2010 | Posted by Sherry Gaba in Addiction | Addiction Discussions | Alcohol Addiction | Celebrity Rehab

Now that Celebrity Rehab 4 is going to be airing, I notice I have butterflies in my stomach.  That familiar feeling that are people going to be judging me again for my work on Celebrity Rehab.  No one can judge me more than I sometimes judge myself for many things, but not this.  I totally have loved every minute working behind the scenes and in front of the camera during the filming of the show.  Like I have always said, the show plants seeds for the celebrities as well as the viewers.  It completely resonates with the work I do although it is television.

I believe celebrities are truly not all that different than anyone suffering from an addiction.  Although sometimes, there are “yes” people that surround them, they have the same pain any one of us in the disease has.  The celebrities this year worked on issues in a very deep and profound way.  For the first time, we explored childhood trauma in a very gut wrenching and real way and I am proud of every single one of them.

I have been accused of being a “fraud” by many including people who I thought were my friends and colleagues.  Dr. Drew once told me to get used to that because there is a lot of “jealousy” out there.  I don’t mind being open about this because I love what I do inside and outside  the set helping people get clean and sober and fulfill their wildest dreams.  That is why I wrote the book “The Law of Sobriety.”  Again, I have many people who love my book and perhaps I have helped them with the message.  Again, there are others who are jealous and diminish the time and effort I put into writing the book, but they are entitled to their opinions.  I know my truth, but I am also in recovery and can be hurt and feel the pain of others’ judgments like anyone else.  That is the price you pay when you are public.  I am sure many others out there in the public feel the same way, but I just speak what some can’t say.

When your values align with your true essence, you are doing the things you are good at and truly enjoy. You are making choices that honor your values. What are the moments in your life that have been especially fulfilling or rewarding? In those moments, you were aligned with your values. And in those moments, the energy of the universe filled you with drive and fulfillment and peace.  That is how I feel everyday because my work is my calling and my purpose, and I am so grateful that I get to wake up doing what I love each and every day.

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