Well, we had to get to this point somehow. TMZ reports that Nadya Suleman (a.k.a. Octomom) checked into rehab in southern California over the weekend, to kick her dependence on Xanax.
Does anyone else think she took advantage of the anxiety over Hurricane Sandy to sneak away for treatment? The timing is a little suspect, though of course it was just two weeks ago that her ex-nannies were anonymously alleging the physical and sexual abuse she let go on in her household. Suleman’s rep told TMZ,
“Nadya wanted to get off the Xanax she was prescribed by her doctor and learn to deal with her stress, exhaustion and anxiety with professional help with a team of doctors. Nadya wanted to deal with her issues and make sure she is the best mother she can be.”
The program lasts for 30 days, and she’s already put her 14 kids in the care of three nannies and two friends. She’s got a driver to ferry them to and from school. Furthermore, she’s paying for rehab out of the money from her porn career, and you have to assume she’s also compensating her caretakers.
Really, she should stay in rehab for more than a month. As we’ve established, these kids need to spend some time away from their irresponsible mother. I’m hoping that she doesn’t pull a LeAnn Rimes and decide she’s done with treatment in a week. Especially since LeAnn also cited “stress” as her reason for retreating from the world for a month. I commend Suleman for realizing that she has a problem—I’m just worried that she doesn’t realize which problem is more dire.