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Gerard Butler

In Rehab [Update]

2/24/2012 1:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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12:04 PM PST --
Gerard's manager, Alan Siegel tells TMZ, "Gerard left Betty Ford early this morning and he's healthy."

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Gerard Butler
is being treated for substance abuse at the Betty Ford Center ... TMZ has learned.

Butler's problems were triggered by the physical demands of shooting "300" in 2006 (see video below of Gerard preparing for the role). We're told the actor began struggling with pain management, and the problem became exacerbated while filming "Of Men and Mavericks," when Butler was badly hurt on December 18 during a surfing accident.

We're told Butler realized he was relying too much on prescription drugs and decided to head off a full-blown addiction by entering Betty Ford three weeks ago.



Sources tell TMZ ... Butler also developed issues with cocaine, but the root problem appears to be the injuries and pain management.

We're told Butler will be leaving Betty Ford later today.

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46.

greg    

cocaine is a hell of a drug.rich mans drug huh? imagine the amount those actors dudes buy if i was rich i know how much i would buy none ill buy women though ha ha.

882 days ago
47.

Glenda in Texas    

What goes around, comes around... says Blanket Jackson.

882 days ago
48.

Johnny Carcinoma    

He's probably just suffering as a result of watching his post-300 movies. I know I am.

882 days ago
49.

colfrmb    

I think it takes at least 3 weeks just to get most drugs out of your system let alone learn the behaviors to keep yourself healthy. Hope it works.

882 days ago
50.

Seldombinlaid    

Glad to see he recognized a problem, and took care of it. It takes a big person to do that on their own.

882 days ago
51.

shewentwhoa    

not him!!!!! I love him

882 days ago
52.

wisey    

So hes a coke head, but injuries are the root of the problem?

For some reason Im guessing the root of the problem is he loves coke.

882 days ago
53.

Dan Frederiksen    

the story sounded pretty innocent up until 'issues with cocaine' :)

882 days ago
54.

Daneen2fabulous    

Oh at least he's not hospitalized for "exhaustion"....

882 days ago
55.

Mel    

I wish Gerard Butler all the best. I have worked in a pharmacy and have seen first hand people addicted to pain killers. I have also had prescriptions drug problems and sought help last year. It hard to do especially in the public eye.

882 days ago
56.

kim    

GOOD!!! HE REALLY NEEDS THE HELP AFTER ALL HE'S IS DEALING WITH THAT "S T U P I D" "B I T C H"...

882 days ago
57.

TMZer    

The cocaine would explain the major weight loss. I think he was better looking when he had some meat on his bones!

882 days ago
58.

Throwback kid    

I guess this wimp couldn't have played football? It was painful filming a make believe Hollywood movie where he needed painkillers? Try playing a sport that causes pain all the time Gerard, Oh boy, another pampered Hollywood make believe tough guy

882 days ago
59.

Stilts    

Abusing drugs and drink...It's a Scottish hing, ye wouldnae unnerstan... Git weil ma Paisley buddy...

882 days ago
60.

Reyna38    

im sad to hear of this news.. he is a wonderful actor.. i came too fall in love with him after watching Dracula 2000.. and damn it .. he is too find.. he looks older than his age.. amd im 40 and look 25.... so to Gerald please take care... cus one day im going to take you out to dinner and have my way with you ........ lol... ok maybe lunch ..

882 days ago
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