Battling a drug addiction for years, Chris Webber was angry when he found out that DJ AM — the guy who got him into rehab — died of an overdose.
“I was grateful he saved my life, but he got mad at me for wanting to leave rehab once or twice. (After I heard he died) I thought, 'Why did he care?’ ” Webber said in an interview conducted less than a week after he got out of rehab.
The 22-year-old Webber, who has been hooked on prescription pain pills for almost a decade, was part of an MTV series called “Gone Too Far,” which was hosted by DJ AM and featured interventions for addicts around the country.
Three days after the series wrapped production, DJ AM was found dead — ruled an accidental death from drugs.
MTV mulled whether to air “Gone Too Far,” weighing whether broadcasting the series would be in bad taste or even send a mixed message. The cable channel has decided to show the eight episodes — each week highlighting a different drug intervention.
“Gone Too Far” will premiere at 10 p.m. Monday.
The series gives an addict’s friends and family members cameras and asks them to document the addict’s behavior and how it harms relationships.
Then DJ AM steps into the fray and offers advice with the help of drug counselors.
DJ AM and MTV helped Webber get into a center in Palm Springs, Calif., where he stayed 52 days. Webber says DJ AM was a source of strength for him.
He was still in rehab when he got the news that DJ AM had died.
“I’m not angry at him now. I know how powerful the disease is,” Webber, who is attending support meetings, said. “Every day is a struggle. Sometimes it is a minute at a time.”
Despite its host dying from drugs, the series will still be an inspiration for many, Webber said.
“It just shows you that people who have been in recovery for 11 years can go too far. It will be such an inspiration. ... He saved (others) who took part in the show. I’d be dead if it weren’t for DJ AM.”
Other highlights for the week of Oct. 11-17:
“Army Wives” (10 p.m., Lifetime). Change is in the wind for the wives and their husbands when a general pays a visit.
“Mary, Queen of Shops” (9 p.m., BBC America). A sassy British retail guru comes to the aid of failing businesses in this new reality show.
“Ugly Betty” (7 p.m., ABC). The ugly duckling swims over to a new night and time.
“Sorority Wars” (9 p.m., Lifetime). A pledge makes her mother and would-be sorority angry when she changes her mind about what club she’s joining.