Gerard Butler in rehab

Gerard Butler checked into the Betty Ford Center in California to get help for his growing dependence on prescription drugs, according to TMZ. The problem apparently started back in 2006 after the actor finished shooting 300, in which he played the physically-demanding role of King Leonidas. “There was definitely a period of adjustment and physical pain because I stopped training. That was the worst thing I could have done,” he later said in an interview. His struggle with pain worsened after a horrific surfing accident late last year while filming a scene for his upcoming movie Of Men and Mavericks — Butler was thrown off his surfboard and held underwater by massive waves and then pummelled on the head by more water after finally surfacing. Although he recovered, his reliance on pain medication grew so he decided to check himself in before it turned into a full-blown addiction. TMZ is reporting that Butler has been at the clinic for the past three weeks and is planning to check out later today.

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  1. Julie • February 24, 2012 @ 11:44 AM

    Didn’t he used to be an alcholic? hmmmm

  2. Danielle • February 24, 2012 @ 12:36 PM

    Good for him to take action before it got out of hand.

  3. Brian • February 24, 2012 @ 3:56 PM

    I’m proud of him. He’s a great actor and I hope he gets better soon

  4. C-Dub • February 24, 2012 @ 4:15 PM

    Let that be a lesson, keep working out. It helps.

  5. Janet • February 24, 2012 @ 8:40 PM

    Lazy pig

  6. Nobody Important • February 25, 2012 @ 2:23 AM


  7. Rita • February 25, 2012 @ 2:27 AM

    I commend his actions about getting much needed support!

  8. Tayderhead • February 25, 2012 @ 6:08 AM

    Geez, he went surfing, found himself under water and then another wave bopped him on the head? One excuse to ride high on drugs is as good as another I guess. How many waves did he ride when he was drinking too much? He needs to get both sides of his mouth talking together when he speaks.

  9. The Intolerant • February 25, 2012 @ 6:41 AM

    “Whatever you do, don’t put the blame on you.
    Blame. It. On. The. Wave…yeah!”

  10. TheTruth • February 25, 2012 @ 12:20 PM

    I heard it takes a good, long while for the dependency on Viagra to slowly come off. I heard that… not personal experience *looks side to side*

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