Rachel Uchitel Speaks on Celebrity Rehab Stint, Battle With "Love Addiction"

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In a rare TV interview, Tiger Woods' famed mistress Rachel Uchitel spoke on the Today Show about her addiction to love and how that led her astray.

Appearing alongside her Celebrity Rehab mentor, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Rache promoted her stint on the VH1 program and explained why she went on it.

"I knew that I needed help," Uchitel, who claims she went on the program to deal with her love addiction. "And I wanted to get it from Dr. Drew."

Love Addict

Uchitel she needs help ... and had some lip injections.

The 35-year-old all-pro mistress also said she was being treated for addiction to Ambien and other prescribtion medications, which she did not identify.

Dr. Dew said Rachel Uchitel's condition is partly triggered by traumatic events in her past, such as the premature deaths of her father and fiance Andy.

She was set to get married before he perished in the 9/11 attacks.

"People think it is a moral issue if somebody falls in love, all over the place," Uchitel said. "It is not, it is a disease and disorder; you feel like you have a hole in your heart and are waiting for a knight in shining armor to come and save you."

In her case, that knight must be married and famous.

"But it is not an excuse for anyone's behavior. You get stuck in relationships that are not right; you put a mask over somebody and pretend they’re somebody they’re not. You get disappointed when they don’t react the way you want."

Pretty much what happened with David Boreanaz.

Fortunately, "I'm a completely different person now than I was before I went on the show," Uchitel said of the "most intense" Celebrity Rehab season yet.

The show premieres Wednesday. Don't miss it.

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