Colin Farrell Reportedly Checked Into Rehab To Protect Sobriety

By Paul Fuhr 04/04/18

A source close to the busy actor says he's still sober but is "doing a tune-up and a reset.”

Colin Farrell

With 12 years of sobriety under his belt, actor Colin Farrell has reportedly checked himself back into rehab.

A source close to the 41-year-old Fantastic Beasts star says he isn’t drinking, People reports, but has entered rehab as a “preventative measure.”

The Irish-born actor has long been open about his battle with drugs and alcohol, acknowledging in several interviews that he’s been drunk or high since he was 14.

During a 2008 interview with the UK’s Jonathan Ross, Farrell said about finding long-term sobriety: “For me, [there was] no choice to be honest with you. I was pretty sick.”

He also admitted that initially getting sober was “really hard” and “a nightmare.” (He’d been flown straight from the set of 2005’s Miami Vice to rehab.) And yet, Farrell appears to still be holding onto to well over a decade of solid sobriety.

“He isn’t drinking again,” a source close to the actor told People. “He worked back-to-back projects and just needed a break. He’s been sober 12 years and wanted to do this to make sure he stays that way. He’s taking some me-time and doing a tune-up and a reset. This was all his idea.”

The Daily Mail had more details on the actor’s “tune-up,” noting that he was proactively seeking help “before going down that rabbit hole and using again.”

Farrell, who’s also the father of two children, decided to check into the luxurious Meadows clinic in Arizona.

The treatment center comes with an eye-opening price tag, too: $36,000 a month. Meadows is popular among celebrities, having treated the likes of Tiger Woods, Kate Moss, Selena Gomez, Kevin Spacey and Elle Macpherson, among others, in recent years.

The Daily Mail noted that Farrell filmed three movies in a row and, as a result, the actor decided to get professional help before he quickly found himself in a “bad place.”

“We all know that Colin is an addict, he's had 12 years of sobriety,” a source close to Farrell told the newspaper. “He was overwhelmed for the past year and the urges started to come back with being so busy at work and he felt, eventually, out of control and thought maybe he should get ahead of it before he starts using again.”

According to The Daily Mail, Farrell was “so hyper-aware that he’s an addict that he felt that he could very easily start using again,” which led him to check into the treatment center.

Meadows offers horse riding, tai chi, acupuncture and “mindfulness meditation,” not to mention a full fitness center and several relaxation areas.

“Another week and he could have started using again,” the source noted. “Colin has worked so hard to stay sober that the only way he thought he could get it under control was to go back and get some professional help. He has a lot of responsibilities and he thought it best to go away for a while and get help.” 

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Paul Fuhr lives in Columbus, Ohio with his family and two cats, Vesper and Dr. No. He's written for AfterParty MagazineThe Literary Review and The Live Oak Review, among others. He's also the host of "Drop the Needle," a podcast about music and addiction recovery. More at You can also find Paul on Linkedin and Twitter.