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Alex O’Loughlin In Rehab For Prescription Painkillers

Alex O'Loughlin Rehab

Alex O’Laughlin, one of the stars of the CBS series Hawaii Five-O, is currently undergoing treatment for prescription painkillers which it appears as if O’Loughlin became addicted to after being prescribed the powerful medication for a shoulder injury.

O’Laughlin’s rep issued a statement to E! News in which he confirmed that Alex was receiving:

“…supervised treatment for prescription pain medication due to a recent shoulder injury…”

Fortunately for the show, O’Loughlin’s absence will not restrict them from completing their full season as planned due to the fact that they’re currently ahead of schedule. On the other hand, there doesn’t appear to be any word on how many episodes the Hawaii Five-O star will miss during his stint in rehab.

CBS issued a statement that read:

“We respect and support Alex’s decision. Everyone at CBS Television Studios and Hawaii Five-O wishes him well and we look forward to his return.”

At the least, it would seem as if Alex O’Loughlin made the appropriate decision when he checked himself into a rehabilitation clinic as pain medications are typically more powerful than human will power as they effect the central nervous system in such a manner as to distort ones’ perception of reality.

Prescription painkiller abuse in the United States has resulted in roughly 14,800 deaths attributed to overdose in the year 2008 alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report in which they claimed that the sale of these types of drugs has quadrupled.

Annual prescription painkiller deaths now exceed those of cocaine and heroin combined. With the incredibly high rate of mortality a clear indicator of the ease of access the United States general population has to dangerous prescription painkillers like Oxycontin and Vicodin, it should come as no surprise to find actors like Alex O’Loughlin who have found themselves in the death-grip of powerful pain medication.

What do you think about Australian actor Alex O’Loughlin’s decision to check himself into rehab for his prescription pain killer addiction?

Alex O’Loughlin in episode one of Hawaii Five-O:

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37 Responses to “Alex O’Loughlin In Rehab For Prescription Painkillers”

  1. Bruce Lee

    Congratulations my friend, you have taken the first step to a brighter future…

  2. Teresa Thomure

    It takes courage to admit you have a problem and seek help. I hope he can beat this=).

  3. Denise Brown-Latulippe

    Feel better soon you can fight this. It sucks when your in pain, you just want it to go away and so easy to become dependent on the medications that help you feel better!

  4. Lorna Hogan Murray

    Good for him and his family to recognize the need for help. I wish him a speedy recovery and will miss him on screen during any absences… He is a fabulously talented man and I love watching him act in every part he plays…

  5. Claire Eyles

    I think you should know what you're talking about, before throwing around sensationalist statements like "in the death-grip of powerful pain medication" Even someone using prescribed pain medication as directed, at recommended dosages, will still develop a physical dependence within 3 weeks, requiring the person to be weaned off them gradually, or undergo a safe medical detox. Dependence on prescription pain medication is not the same as being an addict at risk of death. Unless you can provide irrefutable proof to the contrary in Alex O'Loughlin's case, I suggest you stick to reporting the facts as they are known.

  6. Lila Madden

    I agree with theresa and I respect the fact that he got a hold of it now before he lost his full control over his situation.

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  8. Michelle Hartman

    the greatest accomplishment of anyone is to be able to face one's own truths, the 1st step keeps you going, no matter how many times you stumble. And having a 1000 eyes watching you does not prove helpful to the balance, so I hope Alex takes his own advice; "keep your head down and work hard."

  9. Teresa Parsons

    He is a great man anyway and to admit he has a problem with prescription pain meds makes him a greater man. I love to watch him & the cast. I have been in the same situatuation he is in. Multiple surgeries does this to you which I have had.

  10. Nancy Weddle Kerns

    Sure hated to hearr this about Alex, but I know he will do what he has to do to get better. It's very easy to let prescribed pain medication take you over.Can't wait to see you back in action. I've followed you in everything you've ever starred in(moonlight and hawaii50 being my favorites). If you can admit there's a problem then you can beat it. Good luck and you are in my prayers.

  11. Charlie Platt

    Good for you Alex! It's already been said how brave and courageous he is and truer words were never spoken. Pain pill dependence (regardless of how taken) can easily make one powerless and for him to recognize this, is braver than any of the daring stunts he seems to welcome. He is a great actor and I too have been a fan of all of his movies and TV series. Gosh how is Danno going to function without Steve? This is a great show and only because of the pairing of Steve and Danno. Hurry back Alex, your fans are behind you all the way. God Bless!

  12. Amy Feldman Ward

    I wish you well! It does take courage to admit the addiction and I am thrilled that you are getting help! I will miss you on Hawaii Five O! I have been a fan ever since I saw you on the first show you did as a vampire. You are great!

  13. Courtney Elizabeth

    Addiction can happen to anyone, but it takes the strongest and bravest to admit they have a problem and do something about it. In that case, I feel horrible that Alex had to go through this, but it makes him a stronger human being with experience. All I wish for is that Alex gets better quicker and stays safe. We love you so much Alex! And we're behind you 100%! You can beat this! Stay strong hun! xoxo

    PS: Take it from someone who knows, at a young age. There are going to be times when all you want to do is quit. You want to just lie back and let the weight of the world smuther you. But you, you are so much stronger than what I was. I waited three years before I HAD to quit, because my life was literally on the line. Don't let the world smuther you. You have the best thing to live for: your son. Have a picture of him on your bedside table, and look at him whenever you fell like your slipping away. And ask yourself, "Can I do this to my son? Can I leave him?" The answer is always No.

    Alex your so much stronger and braver than Steve. You've done the hardest gig you can ever find. And that's accepting and making an effort to get back to your old self. By admitting you have a problem is the very first step, to actually doing something about it, that is the hardest part. You can do this though. Your smart, handsome, talented.

    Of course, we will miss Steve McGarrett without a shirt and irritating Danno, but when you do come back–you and STEVE will be stronger than ever before.

    Love you so much hun! Please stay strong. We love you! xoxo

  14. Missy Reynolds

    When I first heard the news I was like NO, but I'm glad your seeking help and take all the time you need to recover. Just know your fans are awaiting your return back to tv.

  15. Bruce Lee

    what do you do when one leg is slowly rotting off and you know 100 percent that you will need those pks forever…

  16. Cecelia O'brien

    to the person who posted earlier – perhaps you should do a tiny bit of research yourself before criticizing the appropriate statement made here – it is very rare for a person taking a prescription pain meds as prescribed by the doctor to become dependent on the drug – dependency occurs when the time release features of the drug are over ridden by misues in how one takes the drug or if there is a previous history of coke and other opiate use. People who follow the doctors directions are unlikely to experience the euphoria and hence unlikely to become dependent. Now AOL may be that rare case where there was no prior history of recreational drug use or who followed the doctors orders carefully but yet became dependent. And if that is the case one has great sympathy for his bad luck. Relapse from dependency on pres pain killers is extremely common – some studies cite 90% relapse in the first year. And given that these drugs – when dependency occurs – are very dangerous both in terms of depression/suicidal thoughts and overdose – I'd say that "in the death grip" was an appropriate description. It is not sensationalistic to acknowledge how dangerous these drugs can be and the way they alter one's thought patterns and grasp of reality. Good for AOL that he has sought help and best wishes for recovery – work those steps!

  17. Denette Meeuwsen

    I enjoy watching Hawaii Five O. It is one show my husband and I watch together. Good luck Alex, you should be proud to admit you have a problem, and work to overcome it.

  18. Alice Hogg

    Someone that suffers from chronic pain and is required to take high powered pain medication to control their pain do over time develop a dependency to this medication. And the timing is about right – if you have be on highly addictive pain meds for a pain condition for more than 3-4 weeks you more than likely will need to be tapered off of them once they aren't needed for pain management anymore. The same dependency can happen with sleep aids and even some over the counter meds. As far as pain meds are concerned some chronic pain sufferers know that dependency is the price they pay to lead a normal life. Unfortunately what happens is, a person has and accident or injury and are give pain meds to help with recovery. That person's condition and pain improve yet they still have access to the medication and like that feeling it gives them. That is where it turns from a life giving medication to a life taking one. I do wish Alex the best… I'm glad he realized on his own that there was an issue and that he wanted to take care of it before it got out of hand.

  19. Jim Spillane

    To the person that said if the drug is used correctly under a doctor's care that they should not become addicted. Maybe not pschoogicallyl, but you can bet it will physilogically. I have cancer, have been on opiates, especially fentanyl, and I don't get high, but my body sure is hooked. I think he made a wise decision to try to kick. Good luck to him!

  20. Max Lawrence Hollister

    Perfectly said! You are 100% correct!!

  21. Max Lawrence Hollister

    You're not exactly right…the lowest dosage of hydrocodone is 5mg and is enough to cause euphoria. Every person reacts to drugs and food differently. Proof? Food allergies and Alcoholism. The problem is pharmaceutical companies, number one industry in the US, are the problem and the doctors who throw pain killers at patients because they believe the pharmaceutical companies. With that said, I do agree with the last part of your statement. They are very dangerous.

  22. Max Lawrence Hollister

    "Even someone using prescribed pain medication as directed, at recommended dosages, will still develop a physical dependence within 3 weeks, requiring the person to be weaned off them gradually, or undergo a safe medical detox." is exactly right, but prescription painkillers are extremely dangerous and are prescribed to way too many people. Who profits? The No.1 industry in the US, the pharmaceutical companies.

  23. Heather Abel

    I still think ur awesome alex. Good luck and speefy recovery. I admire u for getting help. Hawaii 5-0 isnt the same without u.

  24. Patsy Sanchez

    Alex I am proud of your decision to take care of your addition. I had a couple of nephews who are in trouble because of pain medication, finally one of my nephew got help and is doing great. I know you will do the same, you are a great actor I watch all your movies and Hawaii 5 0 and I am waiting to see you again in other movies. Please take your time to heal from this addition and may god be with you on this long healing process. Good Luck

  25. Jim Cheoros

    It's not easy, maintaining this level of beauty *cough*

  26. Annika Ternström

    I had no idea about this… I think it's a very good thing that he took the decission himself to go to rehab! I have personal experiences what medications can do to you, so I'm happy he made this choice — for his son Saxon! As a child you suffer the most when you know there's something wrong with your Mom or Dad… God bless you Alex for the right choice you made!

  27. Rhonda L. Rowan

    I respect him even more! His story might help other people with a problem seek help. He could have made the choice to hide it, but instead is speaking openly about it. I.admire that very much!