Shia LaBeouf Has Reportedly Checked Into Rehab, Hopefully To Get The Help He Needs

Shia LaBeouf attending the Berlin International Film Festival February 2013

Shia LaBeouf has reportedly checked himself into “a celebrity-frequented rehab facility in Hollywood,” according to X17 Online (via Gawker). This news comes after some recent disturbing behavior from Shia, including getting arrested for disorderly conduct at a performance of Cabaret and earlier this month being caught on camera trying to start a fight outside a strip club. Things escalated from seeming like eyeroll-worthy Hollywood douchebaggery to a hinting at a more serious problem, so it’s good news that he’s now seeking help.

X17 apparently followed Shia to the rehab facility, where he they claim he was greeted by a nurse and security guard. The site also reports that “earlier in the day when we spotted Shia in his driveway, we noticed his was carrying the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Blue Book.” Radar Online reports that Shia has had problems with alcohol abuse for a while. He admitted in the past to accompanying his father to AA meetings as a child, and although he “managed to stay on the straight and narrow as a teen,” he was arrested for “intoxicated” behavior at a Walgreens in 2007 and then again in 2008 for drunk driving.

X17 reports that Shia appeared “nervous” when checking himself in: “It looked like he didn’t want to do it, but he knew he had to.” Hopefully Shia is able to get the help he needs. There’s no denying his past behavior has been erratic and strange, to say the least, from his plagiarism fiasco to showing up on the red carpet with a bag over his head. For some time it seemed that this was just some kind of act or ploy for attention, since so many of the things he did seemed to have to do with art or celebrity. But more recent incidents, including the Cabaret arrest, have pointed to a more serious problem. Here’s hoping professional help and some time away from the spotlight can help Shia.

UPDATE: Shia’s rep released a statement explaining that, contrary to reports, Shia has not entered rehab. He is, however, still seeking treatment for alcohol addiction. Read more here.


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    • Alexis Rhiannon

      This is the first good sign from Shia that we’ve seen in months, so I’m cautiously optimistic.

      • Samantha Escobar

        Same. And as much as I would never say all his behavior is excusable by the phrase “child stardom,” I do think that it has a HUGE amount to do with why he’s seemingly so unwell.

    • Elizabeth Aspen

      I hope he is getting help for whatever problem he has, but personally I would not put any stock in AA or that “Big Book” of theirs. When I was married to an alcoholic – unfortunately I took his being in AA to mean ‘wow, what a great guy, he’s cleaning up his life!’ – he used to drag me to these AA meetings where everyone would sit around not taking responsibility for their shit, just using this book and its’ “It’s not your fault” philosophy to excuse anything they did wrong. My own husband took his AA buddies to AC on my dime with my credit cards for a weekend, then said, ‘It’s not my fault, babe, got a disease’. Pretty soon he wouldn’t take out the trash when I asked because his laziness was a result of his “disease”. That’s the ‘Big Book’ answer to everything – you have a disease, it’s not your fault you’re really just a douche.

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