Nicholas Brendon In Rehab After Arrest: ‘Buffy’ Star Battles Addiction, Depression After Child Molestation [Video]

Nicholas Brendon has entered rehab after numerous arrests. Known for his role on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the 44-year-old actor chose a California treatment center for help with “depression, alcoholism and substance abuse problems,” reported People.

Brendon’s rehab decision follows three arrests in five months for criminal mischief, grand theft, and public intoxication. Nicholas’ Facebook page included a statement noting that he was fully aware of the challenges that he faces and wants to get long-term treatment.

In February, Brendon left his wife, Moonda Tee. They had been married for only five months. The following month, he revealed that he linked his substance abuse to child molestation memories and depression.

“Earlier today, with the support of his professional team, his friends, and his family, Nicky entered a rehabilitation facility in California to treat his depression, alcoholism, and substance abuse problems. He’s taking the steps necessary to better his health and give himself, and his fans, the gift of a healthy lifestyle,” read Brendon’s Facebook page.

“He has been aware of his problems for some time- and with each new challenge, he gained a greater understanding of what needed to be done to overcome these obstacles and move forward with his life. Since his arrest last October, Nicky had tried several treatment methods- from therapy, to outpatient services- only to realize recently that he needed to take an extended break and treat the underlying issues of his illnesses.”

Known for attending fan events, the Facebook statement also revealed that Brendon will not be present in June and July.

“Nicky will not be attending any events during the months of June and July- but has plans to return to the circuit in late summer after he has successfully completed his treatment program. We ask that this page be filled with positive messages as we support Nicky on his road to recovery,” wrote Andrea Albin on Brendon’s Facebook page.

Brendon was arrested with some serious charges in the past year, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The Tallahassee, Florida, arrest came with charges of property damage and criminal mischief, while previous arrests included grand theft and malicious injury to property. Nicholas has been in rehab in 2004 and 2010.

With regard to Brendon’s revelation about memories of being molested as a child, the issue of child molestation and how it impacts victims as they grow up has been in the news due to the 19 Kids And Counting Duggar family scandal, as the Inquisitr reported.

Anna Duggar and Josh Duggar left their home in Washington, D.C., after the publicity over Josh’s alleged molestation of five underage girls when he was a teenager. Although the Duggars said that Josh and the girls had received some counseling, the question remains about whether those victims, like Nicholas, will be affected as they grow older.

What do you think about Nicholas Brendon’s revelation about rehab? Do you think it’s positive that he’s being so candid about his memories of child molestation, and could it help others? Post your comments below.

[Image Via Nicholas Brendon / Facebook]