Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Melanie Griffith Enters Rehab

Well this isn't surprising: amidst reports that her marriage was on the rocks because of her love for the booze, Melanie Griffith has checked herself into rehab. The 52 year old actress is currently staying at the famous Cirque Lodge, the Utah rehabilitation facility known for helping slebs like Lindsay Lohan, Eva Mendes and Kirsten Dunst battle their various addictions (or in Dunst's case, depression). The news comes on the heels of rumors that Melanie's husband, Antonio Banderas, gave her the ultimatum of either quitting the alcohol or their marriage. Guess we know which one she chose.
As for MG's spokesperson they are insisting that the stay is merely another step on her long road to recovery. Her rep Robin Baum tells Star magazine, "She is there to reinforce her commitment to stay healthy. This is part of a routine plan that was designed between her and her doctors years ago."
The actress has had a long battle with addiction to both alcohol and drugs. She has been in rehab twice before including her most recent stint in 2000 for an addiction to painkillers. Friends remain hopeful that third time is the charm though. One insider tells Star magazine "Melanie's struggling right now, but Antonio has been checking in on her as much as he is allowed, making sure she gets back on her feet." As for Griffith she has been outspoken in the past about her troubles, saying that "Overcoming addictions is tough but it can be made easier if you have someone that can offer support. My husband and family supported me so much through this journey and continue to do so."
Addiction is, for lack of a better word, a total bitch. Rich, middle class, poor, it doesn't matter. Addiction does not discriminate. It takes a brave person to battle their troubles publicly. It takes an even braver person to admit that they need help. Although there is no speedy recovery here's hoping that Melanie remains strong in her convictions and show those demons whose boss!

In other news, Cecil B. Demented=Must See.


Keith said...

I do wish her the best.

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