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Mackenzie Phillips goes from celebrity rehab to addiction counselor

Susannah Breslin is a blogger and writer. She covers all things culture, from celebrities and Hollywood to movies and style. She's written for Harper's Bazaar, Details, Salon, Slate, Esquire.com, and The Frisky.com.

Just say no relapse

Mackenzie Phillips has really turned her life around. After celebrity rehab, she's helping people with addictions.

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Mackenzie Phillips has proven Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew really works, because not only is she clean and sober, she's on her way to becoming an addiction counselor. Now she's spreading the word and taking her sobriety on the road with a new reality series, No Relapse, which follows her work counseling addicts.

Currently, Phillips is working on getting certified as a drug counselor. At the same time, her journey is being shot for a No Relapse TV show pilot. No word yet on whether Phillips will be working with average Joes and Janes with substance abuse problems or using her life experiences to help out other stars struggling with the illness.

Phillips grew up famous, the daughter of John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas, and she appeared in American Graffiti as a teenager. On One Day at a Time, she played the rebellious older sister of Valerie Bertinelli. In later years, she revealed she was doing drugs from a young age, and in 2008, she was arrested for cocaine and heroin possession at the Los Angeles International Airport.

Phillips had already been sober for several months when she checked into Celebrity Rehab 3. She continued her sobriety while there, and these days it appears she's planning on turning her sobriety, not her addictions, into the next step in her professional career.

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