updated 03/09/2011 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 03/09/2011 AT 12:20 PM ET
Stars like Janice Dickinson and Dennis Rodman have appeared on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew to fight their addictions to alcohol and other substances, but Michaele Salahi, a star of The Real Housewives of Washington D.C., wanted to appear on the reality show for a different reason.
“Michaele doesn’t have an addiction,” her husband and Housewives costar Tareq Salahi tells PEOPLE. “She’s leaning on Dr. Drew to help treat her [multiple sclerosis], which has been directly affected by our ordeal with the White House. What she needs is help managing her stress and her illness.”