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Dr. Drew Doesn't Think Charlie Sheen's Sobriety Will Last (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Oct 17th 2011 5:30PM
Dr. Drew Pinsky is a favorite guest of 'The Wendy Williams Show' (weekdays, syndicated on Fox). Williams, who is a former cocaine abuser, has always been fascinated with celebrity addictions, and a couple of weeks ago offered her couch as a "safe place" for Charlie Sheen, who appeared sober and healthy. Today she got Dr. Drew's perspective on Sheen's recent recovery.

When Williams asked Dr. Drew if he believed Sheen is now sober, he carefully said, "I believe he's abstinent right now." He went on to explain that if Sheen is an addict, and that all signs point to the fact that he is, then "he will go back. That's just the way addiction works."

Sheen told Williams that he quit cold turkey, which Dr. Drew doesn't believe possible, even after Williams reminded him she quit cocaine cold turkey. "You're not an addict, then. You were just using a lot of cocaine," he said. Dr. Drew further explained that the difference is that an addict needs treatment to stop because of "a disturbance in the brain motivational system" and suggested that Sheen is probably taking medication to help him abstain. "My eye tells me it's the medicine," he said of Sheen's sobriety.

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