Bam Margera Back To Rehab For Third Stay In A Month

By Paul Gaita 08/27/19

Sources told TMZ that Margera voluntarily entered the facility on August 22 and was intent on staying sober with this visit.

Bam Margera with Johnny Knoxville
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Nikki Margera

Bam Margera reportedly returned to a rehabilitation facility to seek treatment for dependency for substance abuse issues, which was the third such check-in in less than a month.

TMZ claimed that the former Jackass and Viva La Bam star entered a new treatment center on August 22, one day after being seen drinking at a bar at Los Angeles.

Margera's previous attempts were the result of a meeting with television personality and psychologist Dr. Phil that was part of an intervention by his wife and mother. Margera entered a treatment facility as part of the conversation, but left soon after, and was arrested on trespassing charges at the Luxe Hotel in Los Angeles. He then checked into a second facility, but reportedly left over cell phone restrictions.

Sources told TMZ that Margera voluntarily entered the facility on August 22 and was intent on staying sober with this visit. Footage of Margera drinking at a bar in Los Angeles was posted on the TMZ website on the same day.

Past Visits

Margera has been to rehab facilities on numerous occasions in the past few years, including three stints in 2018 and early 2019 alone. He checked out of a facility after a few days in early January 2019, and posted a message to Dr. Phil on Instagram in which he sought help for his condition and for the alleged chaos in his home.

TMZ reported that Phil McGraw reached out and met with Margera and his family on August 5. The three-hour face-to-face culminated in Margera's agreement to return to treatment, but he again checked out of the facility after only a few days and later turned up at the Luxe Hotel, where he was detained on August 14 by a hotel staffer due to disruptive behavior and a refusal to leave the hotel. Police arrived and placed Margera under arrest; after posting bail, he again returned to treatment for the second time in August 2019.

However, Margera refused to honor the facility's request to surrender his cell phone, and again exited treatment. In an Instagram post from January 2019, Margera wrote that he did not "do well with not being allowed to Facetime my wife and kid" or being unable to "answer important calls with important people."

The treatment center Margera entered on August 22 is a different facility that the one employed in his previous attempts. According to TMZ, this third try still carries Dr. Phil's support.

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Paul Gaita lives in Los Angeles. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Variety, LA Weekly, and The Los Angeles Beat, among many other publications and websites.