*Former Major League Baseball player Dwight “Doc” Gooden is among the new class of stars hoping to get clean once and for all on VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab,” which chronicles their treatment at Dr. Drew Pinsky’s Pasadena Recovery Center.
The network officially announced today that the ex-New York Mets and Yankees pitcher, who has battled addictions to alcohol and cocaine, is one of nine stars set to appear on the show’s fifth season, which premieres June 26.
Several weeks ago, there were reports that his former teammate Lenny Dykstra surprised him on the set and tried to break him out of the facility.
(L-R) Lenny Dykstra, Doc Gooden and Daryl Strawberry back in the day
The New York Daily News reported that Lenny came in at around 10 p.m. one night as Doc was getting ready for bed. The two had lost touch years ago, so he was so shocked when Dykstra just popped up at the center – already carrying Doc’s suitcases.
Doc said Lenny did not like what Dr. Pinsky was doing to him and he thought the doctor was hypnotizing Dwight. “It was crazy. He was like, ‘Doc, you all right? I don’t like this. I got your bags,’ ” Gooden told WFAN.
Gooden was able to talk to Lenny and assured his friend he was fine, yet Lenny refused to let go of his bags. Asked if Dykstra already returned his things, Doc says “No” while laughing.
The Daily News reported that Gooden’s stay on the show was “short,” but he insists the experience was helpful and he now continues with Alcoholics Anonymous — with the goal of staying clean.
Also on “Celebrity Rehab” this season are Lindsay Lohan’s father Michael Lohan, actress Sean Young, the “Long Island Lolita” Amy Fisher, former Guns ‘n Roses rocker Steven Adler (making his second appearance in Rehab), actress Bai Ling, Survivor contestant Jessica “Sugar” Kiper and Baywatch’s Jeremy Jackson.
The patients will be guided through their 21-day detox by Pinsky, counselor Bob Forrest and resident technician Shelly Sprague.