If Miley Cyrus ever feels like purging her soul on the next season of VH1′s Celebrity Rehab, Dr. Drew’s got a cot with her name on it.
Now that Miles has replaced Lindsay Lohan as Hollywood’s newest high-profile eff-up, celebrity drug counselor and addiction specialist Dr. Drew is sharing his two cents on how the Hannah Montana star, who put the “Ho” in “Wholesome,” can get back on the rails.
“We know that she’s going to be acting out now because her family’s in trouble, so it’s not unusual to see depression manifesting as various kinds of acting out behaviors,” Drew told Access Hollywood Monday.
The singer’s parents, Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus, filed for divorce in October.
The starlet, 18, sparked a firestorm of controversy on Friday after footage of her smoking the legal substance salvia from a large bong surfaced online. She was subsequently slammed by anti-drugs groups for being a bad role model to her impressionable fans.
Dr. Drew just sees “a child in trouble.”
“Adolescents don’t get depressed the way adults do. They don’t get sad and cry and withdraw. They often act out and become irritable, they act out with drugs and… get in trouble and she seems to be suffering,” Drew explained. “If I had a child that was doing that or if I was advising a parent, I would say get professional help immediately. This cat is out of the bag. This is a child who is in trouble and who is suffering and this is her way of trying to manage that. Get professional help.”
Meanwhile, conservative kook Bill O’Reilly took aim at Cyrus’ bong smoking incident on his show Monday, calling Miley “pathetic” and declaring that “her days of being a positive role model are gone.” We suppose this great nation will just have to find another pole-dancing, lap-dancing former Disney star to look up to. Heavy sigh..