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14 Celebrity Parents Who Went to Rehab for Their Family's Sake

Eric Dane - the Newest Celeb Parent to Go to Rehab

Drugs and alcohol abuse doesn’t just hurt a person physically and mentally, but it affects all those around them. The biggest victims (in the smallest packages)? The children of the adult abuser.

Now most, if they are haunted by drug or alcohol habits can do so privately, but if you happen to be famous? Well, your struggles become public fodder.  And when it goes public, you know that their troubles haven’t gotten pretty bad. Fortunately, many seek help in a quest to get their life together and to be there for their kids. And that help generally comes in the form of rehab.

Here are 14 celebrities who have battled the bottle or have dabbled dangerously with drugs and went to the pros to kick their habits so they could be a better person, performer and last but not least…parent.


  • Eric Dane 1 of 14
    Eric Dane
    Just a couple weeks after the it was announced that the Grey Anatomy star would be expecting his second child with wife Rebecca Gayheart, word spread that he is currently in rehab for an addiction to prescription drugs. Good thing he is addressing these problems sooner than later!
  • Brooke Mueller 2 of 14
    Brooke Mueller
    Charlie Sheen's ex-wife and the mother of his twins has been reportedly been battling an overwhelming drug addiction. She's been in and out of treatment and now apparently wants to go to an ‘extreme' rehab facility in Mexico but supposedly she "lost her passport."
  • David Arquette 3 of 14
    David Arquette
    After David and his wife Courteney Cox split up, David went to rehab for issues with alcohol. People stated that, "He is dealing with a broken heart. He can't handle all the changes in his life, " but seems to be doing better.
  • Kate Moss 4 of 14
    Kate Moss
    Kate Moss' daughter was born in 2002 and just three years later Kate Moss checked herself into rehab for her use of cocaine.
  • Scott Disick 5 of 14
    Scott Disick
    After a violent outburst, Kourtney Kardashian's boyfriend and baby daddy went to rehab for his drinking issues.
  • Britney Spears 6 of 14
    Britney Spears
    2005 and 2006 and 2007 went to Promises saying, "I truly hit rock bottom. Till this day I don't think that it was alcohol or depression. [...] was like a bad kid running around with ADD." She also was admitted into the hospital in 2008 for using an illicit substance but has since seemed to have gotten her life together.
  • Colin Farrell 7 of 14
    Colin Farrell
    When Colin Farrell's first son James was just two years old Colin went to rehab for prescription and recreational drug addiction. He was in rehab for a month.
  • Kim Richards 8 of 14
    Kim Richards
    The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star was admitted into a rehab facility for her drinking problem.
  • Charlie Sheen 9 of 14
    Charlie Sheen
    Charlie Sheen has famously been in and out of rehab facilities for years now. With young twins (and three other children), let's hope that he is able to get his act together one of these days.
  • Melanie Griffith 10 of 14
    Melanie Griffith
    Melanie went to rehab for issues reportedly stemming from using prescription drugs after a neck injury. "Overcoming addictions is tough but it can be made easier if you have someone that can offer support," Griffith wrote on her Web site . "My husband and family supported me so much through this journey and continue to do so."
  • Robert Downey, Jr. 11 of 14
    Robert Downey, Jr.
    Robert Downey, Jr. didn't get his life together in time. While in the midst of his issues with drugs (which included cocaine, marijuana and heroin) his wife left him and took their son Indio with her. After going to jail and doing several stints in rehab, Robert Downey Jr. has finally conquered his demons.
  • Courtney Love 12 of 14
    Courtney Love
    When her daughter Francis was ten and twelve Courtney Love went to rehab. Her daughter lived with her grandmother while Love was in the hospital. But Love never repaired the damage with her daughter, with restraining orders and Francis legally severing ties with her mom.
  • Billy Joel 13 of 14
    Billy Joel
    In the past, Billy Joel has gone to rehab for alcohol abuse issues. And it sounds like they could be unresolved, pal Elton John recently stated that he needed to go back.
  • Whitney Houston 14 of 14
    Whitney Houston
    Singer Whitney Houston has been in and out of rehab and checked back in last May, this time at an out-patient rehab facility.
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