Robin Williams has entered rehab. The actor has not gone back to drinking and/or drug use, but checked himself into Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center near Lindstrom, Minnesota, as part of an ongoing process of sorts.
According to TMZ, Williams is part of a program at the facility called The Lodge. The program helps patients maintain long-term sobriety. Williams will reportedly be staying at The Lodge for the next “several weeks.”
A rep for the actor tells TMZ:
“After working back-to-back projects, Robin is simply taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud.”
Robin Williams’ rehab stay is something that keeps him focused and motivated. He struggled with addiction to alcohol and cocaine in the 70′s and 80′s, but he was sober for over two decades after quitting “cold turkey.” Williams relapsed in 2006 and entered rehab promptly. He has not had any slips since then, but he still checks into rehab to participate in these lengthy programs that are geared toward his sobriety success.
According to Mail Online, Williams, 62, has been proactive when it comes to taking care of himself. If he knows that he needs to continue to work on his sobriety, that is what he is going to do. It sounds like this latest rehab stint was something that Williams planned, but it is possible that he was feeling vulnerable and decided to head back in for treatment. Either way, it is great to see him taking good care of himself.
Robin Williams has spent a good deal of time in rehab, but it has helped him become a better person. The actor has watched some of his colleagues suffer from addiction, many of them unable to get the help that they need for one reason or another. Williams’ pal, John Belushi, died from a terrible cocaine and heroin overdose. Williams was once asked about Belushi’s death, which he called a “huge” wake-up call.
Hollywood isn’t as easy as people seem to think. There are many actors, singers, and models who have problems far beyond what they publicly display. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Men Of The Strip star, Nate Estimada, committed suicide a couple of weeks ago. The “Midknight Cowboy” seemed so happy, but he was battling inner demons that few — if any — knew about.
Getting help might seem weak to some people, but it’s actually the best thing a person can do. Helping yourself can save your life, and Robin Williams seems to understand that completely.
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