Artie Lange Is Seven Months Sober & Home From Rehab

By Kelly Burch 09/13/19

Lange took to Twitter to announce his return home and his intention to start touring again.

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Comedian Artie Lange is home from rehab, sober and ready to begin touring again, he announced on Twitter. 

Lange posted a photo on Tuesday (Sept. 10) that showed him looking healthier than he did earlier in the year. 

“Great to be home!” Lange wrote. “7 months 14 days sober but one day at a time. Lots of new stories to tell.  Will announce some new tour dates on Friday. Thanks for the support. Love you all.”

Lange, who was a fixture on The Howard Stern Show, has had a long-time battle with addiction. Lange was arrested in February for violating his parole by testing positive for cocaine and morphine. The parole was the result of 2017 possession charges. 

Sober Living Home

At the time, Lange’s representative said that he would be entering treatment. "It's time,” the rep said. In March, it was reported that Lange was in a sober living home in New Jersey. In April, a friend posted a video of Lange working on a garbage truck to Lange’s twitter account. 

“We heard from Artie this morning, HA! -> “It’s true i’m working to satisfy my drug court program. I work with great people. Nothing wrong with a little hard work. Love you all and can’t wait to be back on stage,” the accompanying post read. 

In May, Lange posted a video of himself pumping gas at a New Jersey station. 

“I gotta pump gas for 10 more days and then I’m satisfying the program I think. If this gets back to Howard, tell him I love him. I love him to death and I miss him,” Lange said. “I gotta pump gas! I’ll be back onstage soon, though. I promise."

Violating Parole

However, later that month Lange was arrested for again violating the term of his parole. 

“Lange is non-compliant. Consequently, he will be taken into custody by officers from the Essex County Sheriff’s Office. He will be returned to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark,” an official said at the time

Initial reports were that Lange would be in treatment throughout the summer. However, in late August a source told Radar Online that Lange would be in rehab indefinitely. 

“Artie is doing well and staying sober,” the source said. 

Radar reported that Lange could still face charges in relation to drug possession or his parole violations. 

Lange’s former co-host Howard Stern opened up in May about how difficult it has been to watch his friend grapple with drug addiction. 

“What’s happening with Artie makes me very sad. We’ve lost touch, and that’s my doing,” he said. “I got my fingers crossed for the guy. And it wasn’t a clean break. It was many years of wanting Artie to get help. I know that a lot of fans want me to talk about Artie and feel it’s a cop-out for me not to. I’ll take that. I don’t want to do anything that would rock his boat.”

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Kelly Burch writes about addiction and mental health issues, particularly as they affect families. Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.