Actor Robin Williams has checked into a rehab facility which helps patients maintain their long-term sobriety.
Robin Williams, 62, is in a rehab facility in Minnesota following a lifelong struggle with addiction, TMZ is reporting. However, the good news is that he is not staying because he has fallen off the wagon. Read on for all the details on his current stay and on Robin’s troubled past.
Robin Williams In Rehab: Staying In Sober Living Facility
Robin is staying at the Hazeldon Addiction Treatment Center near Lindstrom, Minnesota, according to TMZ. Robin is staying at one of their facilities called “The Lodge,” which is a place for those getting sober for the first time or looking to redouble their commitment to sobriety by engaging in their specialized 12-step program.
According to the Hazeldon website:
“Lodge Program participants who have years of recovery come to tune up spiritually, do inventory step work, focus on issues of sponsorship, and recommit to their program of action. Other particularly useful and valuable ‘Living Sober’ Lodge Program topics include meditation, challenges in long-term sobriety, and the source of our spiritual malady.”
In a statement released to TMZ, Robin’s rep says: “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 Quit His Addiction Following The Death Of His Friend John Belushi
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Robin suffered from a cocaine addiction; he was a close friend of John Belushi — who died of an overdose — and Robin has said that the death of his friend is what prompted him to quit.
In 2006, Robin entered a rehab facility in Newberg, Oregon, due to a problem with alcohol. At the time, his publicist stated that “After 20 years of sobriety, Robin Williams found himself drinking again and has decided to take proactive measures to deal with this for his own well-being and the well-being of his family.”
Given all of that, we dearly hope it’s true that Robin is simply recommitting to his sobriety, and we are so happy that he is taking these positive steps.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Are you glad that Robin is taking this preemptive measure? Let us know.
— Amanda Michelle Steiner