Do you think Brooke Mueller and Charlie Sheen are better together — or apart?
Charlie Sheen and wife Brooke Mueller battled substance abuse addictions before their marriage two years ago, and relapsed most recently last Christmas. Although they love each other, is it healthy for two abusers to stay together? “If Charlie and Brooke are committed, then it’s better to work though it to become a tighter family and team,” Celebrity Rehab and Sober House psychiatrist Dr. Charles Sophy tells HollywoodLife.com, “It’s also important for them to look back and see they’ve had this pattern before. They have to get it together or they will continue like this.”
Brooke, 32, has checked out of TWO rehab facilities in the last few months. After leaving both The Canyon rehab facility and Two Dreams Outer Banks, she’s now being monitored at her home in Los Angeles. Similarly, Charlie, 44, unwillingly checked himself into a rehab facility on Feb. 23.
Dr. Sophy believes the couple should stay together for the sake of their 9-month-old twins Bob, and Max. “It’s a lot better for their children if Brooke and Charlie to stay together,” says Dr. Sophy and author of Side by Side.”They can help each other and support each other.”
Our expert recommends that Charlie and Brooke each stay in separate rehab facilities for three-to-six months, and then should undergo couples therapy to fix their marriage. “First they need to be peeled apart,” advises Dr. Sophy. “It’s good that they are starting at the same point by both entering rehab around the same time, because they need to have the same goal in mind. After the individual treatment, there is couples work, out-patient treatment, and meetings together to work on their relationship.”
Ultimately though, Dr. Sophy believes Charlie and Brooke can – and should – save their marriage. “They need to take time to get clean and get solid and then make a clear decision about their future,” he says. “Seventy percent of marriages where both individuals were addicted, the couples were able to work their marriages out. But the first three to five years are the toughest; it’s like starting over again. There IS hope – it just comes down to the commitment of the individuals.”
– Chloe Melas
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