Heather Locklear Is In Treatment, Friend Close To The Actress Says

By David Konow 03/13/18
Locklear reportedly checked into rehab on March 3, several days after a highly publicized arrest.
Heather Locklear

According to a friend, former Melrose Place star Heather Locklear is currently in treatment for addiction after an arrest at her home on February 25 which resulted in five misdemeanor charges, including four counts of battery on a peace officer and one count of resisting a peace officer.

“Heather is in treatment for addiction. Everyone hopes she gets well, that she gets better," the friend told People. "Addiction is obviously a strong disease and as much as friends and family who love her and want her to get better and be happy, no one can do the work for her. Hopefully she is getting the help she needs.”

People also reports that last week police searched Locklear’s home for a firearm after she made threats during her arrest, but were unable to find anything.

According to Radar Online, Locklear reportedly checked into a rehab north of Los Angeles on March 3, several days after her arrest, and was “willing to go” for what will reportedly be a one-month stay.

Prior to treatment, a source close to Locklear told Us Weekly, “Heather has been in a very dark place for some time, prior to the most recent arrest. Her family, led by daughter Ava, has tried to get Heather to go to rehab for an extended period of time for help. Heather refuses... she will stop drinking for awhile, but will relapse. It’s truly a very sad situation. No one can reach Heather, not her brother, Ava, or ex-husband, Richie Sambora, whom has remained close to her.”

The incident at Locklear’s home is one of a number of run-ins with the law and treatment stays for the actress, who has reportedly checked into rehab six times. Locklear first entered a medical facility in Arizona for anxiety and depression in 2008, with a source close to her telling People that the actress was “in bed all the time, usually four days out of the week.”

She was also arrested and charged in the fall of 2008 on suspicion of driving under the influence of prescription meds. The case was dismissed in early 2009.

Locklear later sought treatment in 2010 after a misdemeanor hit-and-run, and wound up in the hospital in January 2012 after mixing alcohol and prescription drugs. Before her current treatment stay, Locklear did an additional rehab stint in January 2017, with Radar claiming she was on “alcohol and benzos.”

A source close to Locklear tells People, “Her family and friends haven’t given up hope, but they know that for her to get well, she has to want it for herself. She’s the only one who can do it.”

A member of Locklear’s family told Page Six, “She has so much talent and beauty, and we hate to see that wasted. But she’s fighting a lot of demons. The only thing she can do is go back to rehab and try again. She is still so beautiful. There is still so much to live for.”

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In addition to contributing for The Fix, David Konow has also written for Esquire, Deadline, LA Weekly, Village Voice, The Wrap, and many other publications and websites. He is also the author of the three decade history of heavy metal, Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and the horror film history Reel Terror (St Martins Press). Find David on LinkedIn and Facebook.