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Celebrity Roundup: August 17, 2012

Bobby Brown checks himself into rehab, Russell Brand advocates for abstinence-based recovery, and Creed singer Scott Stapp will release a memoir about his addictions.

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By Sam Lansky

08/17/12

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After a rough spring, Bobby Brown is back in rehab: The legendary R&B crooner and the ex-husband of the late Whitney Houston has faced his own battles with addiction, and his rep confirmed in an official statement that Brown had checked himself into a “confidential rehabilitation center” to pursue treatment related to his alcohol use. Here’s hoping that this leads him to a new edition—of his sobriety.

Despite the popularity of methadone as a treatment for heroin addicts, actor/comedian (and Katy Perry’s ex-husband) Russell Brand, a former junkie himself, has come out swinging against methadone treatment: “We might as well let people carry on taking drugs if they're going to be on methadone," he said. Brand advocates for abstinence-based recovery, saying that while abstinence can be painful, “at least it’s hope-based.” 

Creed frontman Scott Stapp may be better known for his inspirational Christian post-grunge anthems than for being a legit rock-and-roll bad boy, but the reformed singer is planning to tell all in a new memoir which will detail his battles with alcoholism and drug addiction. “My memoir reveals never before released details about my life and the challenges I've faced before coming to grips and finding sobriety,” he explained in a statement. 

Despite having a plea of not guilty entered by her attorney at the initial hearing several weeks ago, former adult film star Jenna Jameson pled guilty to charges of DUI at her pretrial hearing on August 16 in Orange County, stemming from her car accident in May where she was arrested under the influence of alcohol, Ambien, and Suboxone. She was sentenced to 3 years of informal probation and an alcohol education program—not that the bestselling author of How to Make Love Like a Porn Star needs any more education.

Joe Simpson, father of singers Jessica and Ashlee Simpson and one of the rare celebrity "dadagers," was charged this week with misdemeanor DUI stemming from his August 4 arrest in Sherman Oaks, which saw him voluntarily blowing a .12 after having “a few glasses of wine with dinner.” A source claims that Joe “learned a very important lesson from it all.” Maybe next time he’ll take the field sobriety test instead.

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