09/17/2012 05:53 am ET Updated Sep 17, 2012

'Rehab With Dr. Drew' Premiere: Ditching Celebrities, Dr. Drew Gets Real With Regular People Who Are Addicts (VIDEO)

Out with the celebrities and in with the regular folks who really need serious treatment and help. "Rehab with Dr. Drew" hopes to be able to provide help to normal people with serious drug problems. Viewers were introduced to the new group of patients seeking Dr. Drew and his team's aid with substance abuse, and there were definitely some severe cases.

"Finally I am getting a chance to show what Bob (Forrest), Shelley (Sprague) and I do normally — treat people like you and I, regular people. It turned out to be a very intense experience," Dr. Drew told Celebuzz. He went on to applaud the network for their ongoing support of the eight patients.

As he explained to both the patients and the network, what viewers will see on television is just the beginning of the process. But VH1 stepped up and continued to fund the ongoing treatment for Pinksy's patients long after the cameras stopped rolling.

It's easy to imagine there are no quick fixes for Deanna, who was deep into a heroin addiction, using 20 bags a day. She admitted that sometimes she marveled that she didn't overdose. She struggles with her 3-year-old son's father being in jail, and having a mother who refuses to believe she was molested as a child.

More painful truths and difficult recoveries lie ahead on "Rehab with Dr. Drew," Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on VH1.

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