Robin Williams checked himself into a rehab facility last week, however the actor didn’t suffer a relapse. He entered what is called a ‘renewal’ facility in order to work on many of the common issues addicts face.
The 62-year-old is reportedly at Hazelden’s Dan Anderson Renewal Center in Minnesota–a facility said to focus “on common issues faced in recovery—spiritual fitness, emotional balance, healthy relationships, grief, meditation, and more…and [provides] a safe environment to map out personal paths to a more joyful, deeply satisfying recovery.”
A source claims Robin Williams planned this time at the facility and that it wasn’t a last-minute decision to check in. The same source says a visit to this renewal center isn’t much different from attending a yoga retreat. He will stay for one to two weeks as a means of ‘recharging.’
Apparently this center provides outings or daily time off for its patients, because word all over the small town where this facility is located is that Robin Williams showed up at their Dairy Queen. Some believe that’s how the media learned he was a patient there.
— Dairy Queen (@DairyQueen) July 1, 2014
“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,” Williams’s rep said in a statement to the press.
Robin Williams has been sober for eight years and takes his sobriety very seriously. The Crazy Ones star suffered from cocaine and alcohol abuse after 20 years of sobriety and checked himself into a rehab facility for addiction care back in 2006.
“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,” his publicist at that time said in a statement.
When Williams came out of rehab following his 2006 stay he spoke with Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America. The actor told her that at first he thought he could handle his addiction, however found that not to be the case.
“That’s the bottom line,” he said during that interview. “You really think you can, then you realize, I need help, and that’s the word…It’s hard admitting it, then once you’ve done that, it’s real easy.”
Kudos to Robin Williams for checking himself in for this time of renewal. Perhaps this will make the difference between relapsing and continuing steadily on a road to recovery. As anyone familiar with addiction knows–there is no cure. However people can live long successful lives abstaining from the demons–whether they be drugs, alcohol, or even sex–that prohibit them from living happy, productive, and fulfilling lives.
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