Bam Margera Enters Rehab

By Victoria Kim 01/16/18

Margera's decision to enter rehab comes on the heels of his arrest for driving under the influence.

Bam posing with Johnny Schillereff and two friends.
Bam posing with Johnny Schillereff and two friends. Photo via Instagram

Bam Margera is finally getting help for his drinking issues. About a week after his first ever DUI arrest, the former Jackass star and professional skateboarder chronicled his first day in rehab with a few posts on Instagram.

On Friday (Jan. 12) he posted a photo of himself with Johnny Schillereff, founder of Element Skateboards, and wrote in the caption, “Thanks to [Johnny] of Element Skateboards for checking me into alcohol rehab today. No phones here, see y’all soon.”

Since then, Margera has posted two more photos from rehab—where he says he is allowed to use his phone for one hour per day—amid promos for his merch line and throwback photos. He showed off his bathroom—“Rehab privileges, having my own bathroom, I can piss and floss simultaneously”—and a picturesque beach sunset—“After a yoga session on the beach.”

Last Sunday morning (Jan. 7) Bam was arrested in Los Angeles for driving under the influence. He was spotted talking on his cell phone by California Highway Patrol officers, which led them to notice “signs of possible intoxication.” 

The CHP officers stopped Margera and conducted “standard field sobriety tests,” then arrested him for driving under the influence of alcohol. He was out on bond by the afternoon. 

According to his mother April—who fans may remember being playfully tormented by her son on his MTV reality series, Viva La Bam—Bam is doing better and determined to move on from that night. 

“He feels a lot better. He had a bad night,” she told Page Six. “He’s embarrassed by it. He’s mad at himself for being stupid. Now he just wants to pick up the pieces and move forward for himself and for his family.”

From an outsider’s perspective, Bam had a pretty good year in 2017. He traveled around Spain and refocused on skateboarding after a years-long hiatus, and became a father in December.

He admitted to Jenkem magazine that he struggles the most with drinking. “I never had any pill problems and I’ve never tried heroin in my life, but it’s been a real struggle for me to stay off the alcohol,” he said in a 2017 interview from Spain. 

“But as long as you’re surrounded by good people and you have something to do, you’ll be good. Like in Barcelona I wake up and my mission is to skate all day. I know being in Spain is the best place for me right now to not drink.” 

April Margera, who also appeared with Bam on the VH1 series Family Therapy with Dr. Jenn, said Bam has been working on bettering himself, and is on the right track.

“Don’t be so quick to judge other people,” she told Page Six. “Everybody has a different story and everybody is going through different things. It’s not an instant fix."

She continued, “He’s been seeing therapists. There are going to be hiccups when you’re battling addiction. You’re not going to be 100% successful the first time. He’s getting a handle and the upside of this thing. He’s learning as he goes.”

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