“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 publicist says for Yahoo! Celebrity.
So, this new stint in rehab is not the result of a relapse but rather Robin’s taking some time off to focus on his sobriety. He’s never made a secret how difficult it was for him to resist temptations, even after decades of staying clean and sober.
The e-zine notes that the actor is at a Minnesota facility called Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center, where he’s supposed to remain for a “few weeks.” A few days ago, he was spotted at the Dairy Queen in Lindstrom, where he posed for photos with fans – and, obviously, those photos made their way online.
Robin looked thinner and somewhat tired, but he was smiling happily.
The last time he voluntarily checked into rehab was in 2006, when he started drinking again after a little over 20 years of sobriety. In order to prevent going down the same destructive path as in his youth, he took action before it was too late.
He explained what happened in a Diane Sawyer interview, stressing that you’re never safe from relapse when you’re an addict, no matter how much time you stay clean or sober.
“It’s [addiction] — not caused by anything, it’s just there,” he explained. “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’.”
In 1988, Williams spoke publicly about his addiction to cocaine, saying the drug had become his “place to hide.” He used coke to “slow [himself] down” and to have an “excuse” not to talk after working hard for days on end and, before he knew it, things got really bad really soon.
Because he’s never been anything but very honest to his fans, which takes a lot of courage especially when you’re in this industry, where everyone can turn on you in the blink of an eye, many fans have already rushed online to wish him all the best in this.
By Elena Gorgan