to helping others avoid or escape the same plight.
On and off-screen, she wins the respect
of her patients by her sincerity and candor.
Shelly Sprague, perhaps best known as the no-nonsense resident technician on VH1's Celebrity Rehab With Dr.
Drew, or occasional chemical dependency expert for KCBS News, is herself a recovering addict. Her life in
sobriety is defined by her dedication
Shelly has been there and done that: from mental health patient to mental
health worker, plus everything in between; including, dancer,
hairdresser, singer, teacher's aide, wife and mother.
Currently opening a private outpatient program, her non-televised resume also includes Program Manager of Aurora Las Encinas
Hospital's chemical dependency residential treatment unit, followed by a brief stint as Assistant Program Manager at Pasadena
Recovery Center. Shelly arrived by a long, twisting path from her first job in treatment back in the mid-nineties. After just
two years in the field, Shelly left her position as counselor at Spencer Recovery Center– where she herself had been for treatment
years earlier–to return to school and start a family with her husband.
As a new mother, Shelly soon went back to work–as a receptionist, personal assistant, stylist, hairdresser, even nightclub cashier,
volunteering to help open the Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts, all while taking college courses online. Before joining the
staff at Las Encinas, her last job was at an elementary school, working primarily with five to seven-year- olds with behavioral
issues–a perfect segue into Celebrity Rehab.
Shelly had decided early in her own recovery that she wanted to work in the chemical dependency field, inspired partly by her respect for Dr. Drew, as a longtime fan of radio's Loveline. Though she's since moved on from her mentor's side, Shelly's still studying, still learning, still dedicated to giving her patients a fighting chance against their disease.
She and Bob Forrest formed Hollywood Recovery Services in May 1, 2010 with the blessing of Dr. Drew.
About Hollywood Recovery Services
We believe trust and attachment are the essentials to beginning a journey in recovery. We are dedicated to provide an honest, authentic, and genuine treatment environment that gives patients a unique opportunity for treatment provided by people who truly understand addition.
We see addiction as a primary social epidemic destroying the lives of millions across the nation. Our vision is to provide a bridge from the perils and pain of active addiction to a new, sober, productive life. We help our patients meet this challenge by supporting them through the difficulties of early recovery. In our 12 years of experience working on the frontlines of addiction, we find most patients suffering from addictive disorder, relapse in the first 90 days of recovery. We see an important need to provide a program specifically designed to support patients through this initial phase of treatment and recovery.
What is Hollywood Recovery Services
The mission of HRS is to provide unique, quality, out patient chemical dependency services. We have decades of experience working
with patients from Crisis Intervention Management to aftercare. We stand by our commitment to provide a special and innovative
- Treatment Services
- Assessment and referral
- Case Management
- Group Counseling
- Individual Counseling
- Family Counseling
- Addiction Recovery Lectures (for patients and their families)
- Aftercare Program