Bam Margera Heads To Rehab After Dr. Phil Intervention

By Kelly Burch 08/07/19

Dr. Phil got in touch with Margera and his family, then met for a three-hour intervention this past Monday.

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Former Jackass star Bam Margera is reportedly on his way to rehab—again—after a personal intervention with his wife, mother and Dr. Phil. 

Margera, 38, has been in rehab many times, most recently in January. Then, he checked himself out after a few days. Over the weekend Margera posted a now-deleted Instagram video in which he trashed his mother and wife, Nikki, while asking Dr. Phil for help. 

“Dr. Phil, I need your help in a big big way,” he said in the video. “My family is in shambles. It’s worse than it’s ever been, ever. I’ve disowned my mom. Nikki I can’t stand.”

In the video, Margera blamed Nikki and his mother for his erratic behavior. 

“When people say Bam might be going crazy, fucking a, maybe they’re right,” Margera said. “The only person who I will believe on the planet is Dr. Phil.”

The Intervention

According to TMZ, Dr. Phil got in touch with Margera and his family, and met for a three-hour intervention on Monday (Aug. 5). That ended with Margera agreeing to go to rehab. 

Margera’s mother, April, was cautiously optimistic. 

“There are many, many addicts who have tried this over and over,” she told TMZ. “I think [former Jackass co-star Brandon] Novak said he was in there like 14 times. It might take several times. This may not be it. Every time I’m hoping this is it. It’s gotta be. We’re at the end of our rope.”

April explained that her son was having a tough time overall, and lashing out at the people closest to him. 

“I think he’s just really having a bit of a mental breakdown… both chemical and physical,” she said. “There's a lot of stress on him. He takes it out on the people he knows will sit here and take it. It’s awful. His mind is just racing, and we’re trying to get him help.”

Margera’s former Jackass co-star Steve-O, who is in long-term recovery, posted on Instagram urging his friend to get help. 

"It couldn’t be more clear that all of this isn’t OK, and I hope you’ll join me and Novak in recovery before your son loses his dad,” he wrote. “And, by the way, none of this looks cool (which is a good thing, because it’s humiliating myself that motivated me to commit myself to a program of recovery). It’s time to give up the fight, and join the winning team. I love you, brother..." 

April said that this is just one example of the many people who are trying to support Margera. 

“He has a whole legion of family and friends,” she said. “There are many many people who are behind supporting him, but right now he is his own worst enemy, and he doesn’t like himself. If he doesn’t like himself he’s doing to treat others really badly. This is not who he is.” 

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