This is shocking, but it's good to see someone in Hollywood so devoted to maintaining sobriety from alcoholism. According to JustJared, Robin Williams has checked into a rehab facility in Minnesota, nearly 8 years after he first entered rehab back in 2006 for alcoholism. The actor is reportedly at the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center near Lindstrom, Minnesota, and is staying in the section of the center called "The Lodge" which is meant for those maintaining long-term sobriety. The news was confirmed by Williams' rep, who added that the actor will stay in the treatment center for a few weeks, and that he has not begun drinking again.
"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' rep told TMZ .
Williams has publicly shared his battle with addiction in the past: In addition to admitting alcoholism after his first rehab stint in 2006 (which was prompted by a relapse following 20 years of sobriety), Williams has also revealed that he was addicted to cocaine in the late '70s and early '80s, though he quit after the death of his good friend John Belushi and the birth of his first son.
The 62-year-old actor was photographed at a Dairy Queen in Lindstrom, Minnesota near the treatment center with an employee just this past Sunday:
It's great to hear that Williams is remaining devoted to maintaining his sobriety, and that he checked into rehab prior to any potential relapses, especially when you consider the amount of substance abuse issues that plague a major amount of actors in Hollywood. So, good on him!
Image: Lindstrom Dairy Queen/Facebook