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Mackenzie Phillips -- Addiction Counselor

6/26/2011 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Celebrity Rehab" alum Mackenzie Phillips is in the process of becoming a certified drug and alcohol rehabilitation counselor ... TMZ has learned. 

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Sources connected to the actress tell us ... Phillips -- who famously struggled with substance abuse for years --- is roughly half-way through a certification program and hopes to use her experience to help struggling addicts acknowledge and defeat their demons. 

We're told Mackenzie's progress will be captured for a new reality show called "No Relapse" produced by powerhouse reality company 44 Blue ... and sources connected to the project tell us the show is already getting, "Strong interest from multiple networks."
 

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31.

Observer999    

Best of luck to her, I wish her well.

1133 days ago
32.

Sandra     

Hope she does well as she is a survivor!!

1133 days ago
33.

RonBurgundy    

That would be like Mel Gibson counseling abused women.

1133 days ago
34.

nof    

For every 100 child stars that slip into obscurity and/or outright die from the stress and pressure of it all -

There's a Mackenzie Phillips -

Telling the truth about her life -

And about who she is -

Who she's become -

I've always loved this chick -

And always will -


Nof

1133 days ago
35.

makeitstop    

I thought this was wonderful until I read the plug about the reality show.

1133 days ago
36.

RJ Hunt    

I'll drink to that...and even shoot a lil smack...All for Mac!!!!

1133 days ago
37.

Lizzie    

Hoooooooooooray!!!! I wish "Mac" allllllllll the BEST!!!! MAX, MAX, MAX, MAX, MAX, MAX, MAX!!!!!!!!!!! Hey little tiny, Harvey,
how's the temp waaaaaaaaaay down there!!!!!!!!

1133 days ago
38.

dd    

I think she'll be great at it, good job!

1133 days ago
39.

Kàt    

Way to go! I wish you all the best, and much happiness. You have been to hell and back, to hell and back, to hell and back... well it's time that you actually emerge from the pits of hell and show this world what you are made of. We have all the faith in the world in you! You will be saving a number of poeples lives I'm sure.

1133 days ago
40.

Bubbles The Chimp    

Oh. This will go well.

Yeah Right!!! She is far from a recovering addict.

1133 days ago
41.

Tony C    

Way to exploit people with addiction! I think it is great if she just gets certified and helps without any camera's around. Try that for a change.

1133 days ago
42.

irish35    

A lot of addicts become drug and alcohol counselors. It makes sense. I think that their having this experience in their own lives, and knowing that you can beat it, that you can live clean and sober gives them an edge over someone who is just book learned and College degree in this field. Although she did have to take courses and has to get her certification. I think she will be great as a D&A counselor.

1133 days ago
43.

Rider    

You don't televise and exploit addiction treatment and support.

1133 days ago
44.

PokerStar    

I hope she can help someone. Her father really messed her up.

1133 days ago
45.

anni    

She seems like a very nice girl, but, I think she did this before. She got 'sober' and went on the talkshow circut telling everyone about it, but started using during. She would sit all screwed up telling people she was sober. There is a trust problem with her and the public.

1133 days ago
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