Celebrity Rehab on Campus


Bob Forrest used to be a junkie. Now he's a lifesaver.

Forrest, a drug counselor to the stars on VH1's "Celebrity Rehab" and "Sober House," will bring his story to Harper College this month with a free lecture chronicling his journey from punk rocker to rehab expert.

He'll speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 in the J Theatre, Room J143 in Building J on the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. The event, "Bob and the Monster: A Former Junkie's Tale of Redemption and Renewal," is open to the public.

"This lecture will make the audience laugh and cry," Student Activities Chris George promises, "and it also will answer a lot of questions that people have about substance abuse and addiction."

He urges those struggling with substance abuse issues, or those going through it with a family member, to attend. Forrest is the lead vocalist and lyricist for two Los Angeles bands.

In his Celebrity Rehab role, he's counseled the likes of former pro baseball player Dwight Gooden, Lindsay Lohan's dad and Amy Fisher - the "Long Island Lolita" - aside the famed Dr. Drew Pinsky.

A documentary about his music career and battles with drug addiction was released in March 2011, and a DVD is expected this year. Forrest is slated to perform a song or two at the conclusion of his Harper appearance.

Press Contact: Erin Brooks, Media Relations Manager, 847.925.6159.