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CC Sabathia

I'm Going to Rehab

... Issues with Alcohol

10/5/2015 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1005-cc-sabathia-GETTY-01NY Yankees superstar CC Sabathia has just announced he's checking into rehab for issues with alcohol. 

The 2007 Cy Young award winning pitcher just issued a statement saying, "Today I am checking myself into an alcohol rehabilitation center to receive the professional care and assistance needed to treat my disease."

"I love baseball and I love my teammates like brothers, and I am also fully aware that I am leaving at a time when we should all be coming together for one last push toward the World Series. It hurts me deeply to do this now, but I owe it to myself and to my family to get myself right. I want to take control of my disease, and I want to be a better man, father and player."

Sabathia says he has the full support of the Yankees organization and expects to return to the team next season and continue "playing the game that brings me so much happiness."

Sabathia reportedly made $23 million this season. 

The announcement comes months after TMZ Sports broke the story that Sabathia was involved in a street brawl outside of a nightclub in Toronto following a Yankees game. Sabathia had to be held back from hecklers who were saying the Yankees suck. 

Chet Hanks

I Was Wrong to Fight for 'N-Word'

... It Was the Cocaine Talking

10/1/2015 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Tom Hanks' son is waving the white flag in his crusade to use the n-word ... admitting he was off the rails due to drug addiction and the pressure of being Tom's kid.

A few months ago Chet Hanks -- who raps under the name Chet Haze -- ranted about his right to say the n-word whenever and wherever he wanted ... but now says, "It's not my place to speak on it and I'm genuinely sorry for the people that I offended."

The reason for his about face ... rehab. Chet says he's been getting treatment for cocaine addiction that got so bad his nose was clogged. He adds that being Tom Hanks' son isn't all silver spoons. In fact, he thinks that's part of the reason he got so screwed up.

NBA's Ty Lawson

I Didn't Need Rehab

... But I Did Learn Stuff

9/30/2015 3:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0930-ty-lawson-tmz-01Houston Rockets star Ty Lawson says he does NOT believe he's an alcoholic ... despite 2 DUI arrests this year ... saying he just made "two dumb mistakes" and didn't really need to go to rehab. 

Lawson just opened up about his stint at Cliffside Malibu, where he was ordered to complete a 30 day program stemming from his January DUI in Colorado, telling Yahoo Sports the experience was "eye-opening," but not completely necessary.

"I still honestly don’t think I would’ve had to go in there if it wasn’t court ordered. I just made two dumb mistakes. But I did take things from the [rehabilitation facility]."

As for what he learned, Lawson says ... he learned "what triggers are" and "what forces someone to drink."

Lawson says being around people at the facility who had bottomed out from booze gave him a new perspective on the dangers of drinking -- "I didn't think alcoholism got that bad. But it does."

"There were people who were pushed into [the rehab facility] by family, and then me, who was court ordered. Just to see that it can get that bad, that you can die. You may not see that as a person until you’re already there."

Lawson has a busy month ahead of him -- he's due in court in L.A. stemming from his July DUI on October 9th ... and his Colorado DUI case goes back in front of the judge on October 16th. 

Josh Duggar

Checks Into Rehab

8/26/2015 9:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0826-josh-duggar-instagram-01Josh Duggar checked into a rehab facility yesterday in the wake of his confession he was using the Ashley Madison website to cheat on his wife.

The Duggar family says it's a "long-term treatment center" ... but does not say what kind of treatment he's getting. While Josh's parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, have rarely admonished him ... they're directly ripping him now, saying ... "His wrong choices have deeply hurt his precious wife and children and have negatively affected so many others. He has also brought great insult to the values and faith we hold dear."

They added Josh's wife, Anna, is also getting counseling for her "heart and future" -- and they're praying Josh comes to "complete repentance and sincere change."


John Stamos

Out of Rehab

I'm Only Into Punch Now

7/24/2015 12:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0724-john-stamos-out-of-rehab-TWITTER-01John Stamos is still a fighter after completing a sting in rehab for substance abuse.

John spent 30-days in a live-in facility after his DUI arrest in Bev Hills last month. As we reported, we were told he had substance abuse issues that developed over a substantial period of time.

Stamos was so messed up when he was arrested he was rushed to the hospital.

It looks like rehab did him good. Welcome back, John.


Kim Richards

Done With Rehab!

... Takes Off Overnight

7/14/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0713-kim-richards-tmz-01Kim Richards made it a full month in rehab, and then bolted out of the joint in the middle of the night ... TMZ has learned, and the timing could be directly tied to her family.

Sources say Kim packed her bags, and left the Malibu facility over the weekend -- fleeing under the cover of darkness. Although she lasted more than 30 days ... we're told she'd had enough because she wasn't getting along with the staff, including the doctors.

The timing is interesting, since her whole family was across the pond for Nicky Hilton's wedding in London. As we first reported ... her sis Kyle is taking a tough love approach.

Things had been going well for Kim in treatment. She was all smiles when immediate family members came to visit her on July 4th weekend. 



'Buffy' Star Nicholas Brendon

Back in Rehab

After Bloody Window Smashing Incident

7/13/2015 7:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0710_Nicholas-Brendon_tmz"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star Nicholas Brendon has checked himself back into rehab after a bizarre incident where cops found him bleeding in an alley. 

According to law enforcement sources ... Brendon got into an argument on July 3 with a woman at her apartment, smashed a window with his bare hands ... and then bolted. Firefighters responded and found Brendon in an alley, bleeding from the hands.

0710_THE-BROKEN-WINDOW_subBrendon was transported to a hospital, but did not get arrested.  He checked himself into rehab 3 days later.

This latest incident and trip to rehab comes on the heels of several bizarre incidents involving Brendon -- including two arrests this year at comic book conventions.

John Stamos

Substance Abuse Issues

Built Over Time

7/11/2015 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0711-john-stamos-TMZ-02John Stamos has been in rehab for more than 2 weeks now ... TMZ has learned.

Stamos checked into a residential treatment facility on June 24, according to our sources. That was 12 days after his DUI bust in Beverly Hills.

Sources tell TMZ ... Stamos' issues are not a recent development. We're told he's getting treatment for a substance abuse problem that "developed over a period of time."

You'll recall ... when Stamos was arrested, the officers felt he was in dire need of medical attention and rushed him to a hospital. He was released the next day.

John Stamos

Checks Into Rehab

7/10/2015 5:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0710_john_stamos_tmzJohn Stamos is in rehab ... five weeks after he was arrested for DUI.

The 51-year-old actor is in a residential program for substance abuse. TMZ broke the story ... Stamos got busted in Beverly Hills on June 12.

Cops cuffed the former "Full House" star on the scene, but then rushed him to a hospital for treatment ... believing he was suffering from a serious medical condition.

People first reported Stamos' rehab stint.

He's scheduled to be in court for the DUI in September.

Kim Richards

Forced to Ditch Her House

… Before Rehab Return

6/8/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Returning to rehab was Kim Richards' best option because she's fallen on hard times, financially ... and had to pack up and leave her house. 

After Kim's disaster of a Mexican vacay ... we're told she returned to the house she rents in the Valley -- featured on "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" -- merely to box her belongings and put them in storage. Our sources say she could no longer foot the bill, especially with her 'RHOBH' gig so up in the air. 

Kim checked back into rehab earlier this week, and will remain there for the next 30-60 days. 

When she gets out ... there’s talk she’ll rent something smaller, like a condo, on LA’s west side. 

On the bright side of things ... Kim’s rental house was a magnet for bad luck. At least 3 people were attacked by her dog Kingsley there, and of course, there's the whole relapse thing

Change could be good.


Kim Richards

Kyle and Mauricio Won't Save You Anymore

6/2/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0601_kim_richars_kyle_richards_Mauricio-Umansky_TMZKim Richards has just lost 2 of the most important people in her life, because we've learned her sister Kyle and husband Mauricio Umansky have washed their hands of her ... ironically, to save her.

Sources connected with the family tell TMZ, Kim stayed in Mexico after her daughter's wedding and was perpetually wasted. We're told in the last few days, Kyle and Mauricio had a security guard fly down to Cabo and literally force Kim onto an airplane where she returned home to L.A.

Our sources say Kim has promised to re-enter rehab, but it's not flying with Kyle and Mauricio. We're told they feel they have done what they can do to save Kim, and the only thing left is tough love.

So, Kim is no longer their problem. If she ends up on the streets, then that's what has to happen. We're told things are so bad, Kyle and Mauricio feel Kim is actually in danger of dying. But they believe the only hope is for her to realize they will not be her safety net to constantly bail her out.

Very sad.

Kyle Richards

I Haven't Spoken to Kim Since

Mexican Wedding Disaster

5/28/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kyle Richards made it clear by what she said and what she didn't say ... her sister Kim is in crisis.

We got Kyle out in Bev Hills Wednesday, and she opened up and said she hasn't spoken with Kim since Kim's daughter tied the knot in Mexico over the weekend.

As we reported, Kim was off the rails, pissing off everyone and apparently under the influence of something. Kyle says everything's okay now, but the way she says it makes it painfully obvious ... she's protecting her sister who is way off the wagon again.

As far as we know, Kim is still MIA. She hasn't returned to rehab and the last she was seen was in Cabo.


Kim Richards

Under the Influence at Daughter's Wedding

Sober Coach Quits

5/26/2015 10:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0526-kim-richards-wedding-INSTAGRAM-02Kim Richards melted down at her daughter's wedding over the weekend to the point her sober coach quit, her daughter isn't speaking with her anymore and those present say she was either on drugs or alcohol.

Multiple sources tell TMZ ... Kim was clearly under the influence of something, although no one seems to know what. Our sources say whatever Kim took or drank, she did so in private, but when she interacted with people at the wedding she was "a mess."

We're told Kim was saying horribly nasty things to her daughter, Brooke, right after the wedding. We're told Kim was cursing out the groom's family and was generally belligerent. The bride has vowed she won't speak with her mom again.

As for the sober coach ... we're told she couldn't control Kim and left Mexico immediately after the wedding. 

Our sources say Kim is still in Cabo and she's gone radio silent. The rehab facility gave her a pass to attend the wedding but gave her a deadline to return Monday, which she has not done. 


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