Gerard Butler Attends Rehab for Rx Drug Addiction

By Fionna Agomuoh 02/24/12

The 300 star left the Betty Ford Center this morning after a three-week stint.

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Actor Gerard Butler has been at the Betty Ford Clinic to treat his prescription drug dependency. TMZ reports that the 42-year-old Scottish star has been dealing with the issue ever since 2006, when he filmed the war epic 300. Initially needing pain management for his demanding roles, Butler’s problem worsened as he began filming Of Men and Mavericks, and he later suffered injuries from a surfing accident on December 18. “The waves just took me in, and I couldn’t get up. It was pretty hairy," said Butler of the accident. "It was maybe one of the few times that reports were not exaggerated.” Sources say he entered the Betty Ford Clinic three weeks ago after admitting his full-flown addiction to prescription drugs. He left the clinic today and is reported to be in good health. While TMZ sources suggest Butler has also dabbled in cocaine, others deny this. Butler has previously spoken publicly about his alcoholism.

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