Why Did Robin Williams Return to Rehab?

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Actor and hilarious comedian Robin Williams voluntarily returned to rehab this week, looking to take advantage of the center’s continuing care services. A representative for the 62-year old actor confirmed he was indeed completing a short say with a facility in Center City, Minnesota.

“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,” said publicist Mara Buxbaum.

She went on to reveal that Williams needed to recharge mentally, physically, and spiritually after working on a movie set for more than 18-months straight. Feeling drained and perhaps a bit vulnerable, Williams “planned the visit as a respite.”

Robin Williams’ Not-So-Secret Battle

As one might expect, Williams has never been shy when it comes to talking about his own addiction. He openly admitted to struggling with a cocaine addiction back in the early part of the 1980s. Like most addicts, Williams lost his share of friends to the disease. After close pal John Belushi (right) died of an overdose in 1982, he experienced a “major wake up call.”

Unfortunately, the loss of Belushi was not enough to stop Williams from abusing cocaine and alcohol. The ultimate motivation toward sobriety actually came in 1983, after the birth of his son Zachary. The role of dad changed Williams, showing him it was time to give up alcohol and drugs altogether.

Though the actor had an astounding 20-years of sobriety under his belt, he suffered a jolting relapse in 2006 when he returned to drinking. Luckily, Williams caught himself, recognized he no longer had his addiction under control, and sought treatment shortly after the relapse.

Now fully committed to his sobriety, Williams reportedly recognized a few warning signs and knew it was time to focus on his health. He was reportedly excited to return to treatment for a bit of a “tune-up” and to get back into a solid 12-step regimen.

[Williams] was reportedly excited to return to treatment for a bit of a “tune-up” and to get back into a solid 12-step regimen.

What Happens After Rehab Discharge

After completing an in-patient rehabilitation program, the work isn’t over. Stopping the abuse of drugs and alcohol is not enough; sobriety is a lifelong pursuit. Those who are successful are the ones who continue to take part in recovery activities long after the treatment phase has ended. These activities are known as continuing care.

There are multiple forms of continuing care, including individual therapy, 12-step meetings, support groups, and check-ups. Some facilities also offer alumni events, allowing former patients a valuable opportunity to return to treatment, participating in structured programs created to strengthen, renew, and enrich recovery.


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