Heather Locklear Reportedly Enters Rehab

By McCarton Ackerman 01/06/17

"I'm working on tying up some loose ends regarding certain issues so I can hit 2017 full steam ahead."

Heather Locklear

Heather Locklear is looking ahead to tie up loose ends in the new year. The former Melrose Place star has reportedly entered rehab for the fifth time in nine years.

Locklear, 55, addressed rumors that she entered inpatient treatment, in a statement to People magazine. The actress wrote that she is “feeling great and am taking steps to enrich and better my life. Currently I am working on tying up some loose ends regarding certain issues so I can hit 2017 full steam ahead.”

But the gossip articles around her reported rehab stay were far more sensationalized. Radar Online even went so far as to call the actress a “washed-up sexpot,” gleefully declaring that she had a massive “breakdown” over Christmas. An anonymous source told the site that when Locklear entered treatment, “she was drunk and on pills, crying and screaming. She had to be helped because she was so fucked up.” The supposed insider added that the actress was “on alcohol and benzo(s).”

Locklear first sought treatment at an Arizona medical facility in June 2008 for “anxiety and depression,” according to her rep. A source told People at the time that “Heather is in bed all the time, usually four days out of the week. Hungover, she lays in bed. She’s depressed, she just hangs out.” A misdemeanor hit-and-run charge led to another inpatient stay in July 2010 for 30 days. 

In January 2012, Locklear was rushed to the hospital after ingesting a dangerous combination of alcohol and prescription drugs. Insiders claimed that part of the actress’ ramped-up substance use was due to her engagement with long-time boyfriend Jack Wagner being called off.

More recently, there have again been reports of Locklear struggling with alcohol misuse. She was back in the hospital last September after allegedly mixing alcohol and drugs. An insider told People that “Heather became a different person on drugs." The insider also said that loved ones encouraged her to return to treatment. “Her family is all over her with concern, and that’s a hard thing to hear.”

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.