Robin Williams Is Back In Rehab

By Shawn Dwyer 07/01/14

The comedian is allegedly taking the opportunity to ‘fine tune’ his sobriety.

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According to multiple reports, actor and comedian Robin Williams has checked himself back into rehab in order to continue his sobriety. Williams has reportedly returned to the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center in Minnesota, where he will remain for several weeks.

"After working back-to-back projects, Robin is simply taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud," his representative told TMZ.

Williams has long struggled with his sobriety since the 1980s, when he managed to clean himself up from cocaine and alcohol addiction. He remained sober for 20 years before beginning a “very gradual” fall off the wagon.

"It's [addiction] – not caused by anything, it's just there," he said in 2006. "It waits. It lays in wait for the time when you think, 'It's fine now, I'm OK.' Then, the next thing you know, it's not OK. Then you realize, 'Where am I? I didn't realize I was in Cleveland.'"

The actor first cleaned up his act on his own prior to the birth of his first child, Zachary, and after the overdose of friend John Belushi, with whom Williams snorted a line of cocaine just hours before Belushi’s death.

"The Belushi tragedy was frightening,'' Williams told PEOPLE magazine. "His death scared a whole group of show business people. It caused a big exodus from drugs. And for me there was the baby coming. I knew I couldn't be a father and live that sort of life."

Though he was able to get off drugs on his own the first time around, Williams realized that he couldn’t maintain his sobriety without help.

“You really think you can [do it on your own], then you realize, I need help, and that's the word,” he said. “It's hard admitting it, then once you've done that, it's real easy."

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