Mel Gibson Does the Obvious and Enters Rehab

July 31st, 2006 // 4 Comments

It’s the celebrity cure-all. When you fuck up, you head off to rehab. Chris Prentiss, a co-founder of the celebrity treatment centre Passages in Malibu, who just happens to be a neighbor of Mel Gibson’s, gave his very long-winded opinion on the whole debacle to Star Magazine.

“I understand he has gone into recovery program. The center that I’ve heard he’s checked himself into follows the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program. And I don’t believe that will help him.”

Prentiss — who refused to name the rehab center he’s heard Gibson is in — adds: “I think he needs individual intense therapy by a team of people who know what they are looking for in causes in alcoholism. There are only four causes and it is one or more of those four causes that are causing him to be out of control.

“First, everyone who is using alcohol excessively has a chemical imbalance. The second is events of the past that we can not cope with like the loss of a loved one or it could be guilt. We may have done something years ago that we can’t forgive ourselves for. The third one is current conditions we can’t cope with like failing marriage or business of lack of respect. The last thing is things we believe that are not true. And in Mel’s case I know one of them. He believes he has the disease of alcoholism which probably prevents from him from looking for the real reason why he drinks and alcoholism is not a disease. That is the current thinking today. Alcoholism is a symptom and we treat the underlining causes.

“Statements that Mel Gibson made are a result of alcohol changing Mel Gibson into that kind of a person.

“The Mel Gibson that we all know is not that kind of a person. When alcohol enters his system he becomes an out of control, belligerent, nasty guy. It’s not Mel Gibson’s life. Most of time, 99.9 percent of time he is fine upstanding gentlemanly person.

“I wish Mel Gibson well and I would like to see him get the help deserves. He is a fine guy and he should have the kind of help that will truly help him.”

Mmm, if he knows Mel Gibson soooo well, then why hadn’t he intervened sooner?

Mel In Recovery Program [Star Magazine]

Written by Eva Boyd

By Miu von Furstenberg

  1. susiesneds

    You can’t “intervene” for anyone who isn’t ready to get the help, period. Maybe he already had before. But as someone who’s been there done that, addiction is powerful and the choice to recover can only be made by the one needing it.
    While AA has saved millions of lives and continues to, thank God, 12-step programs don’t work for everyone.
    What this guy said about causes and biological imbalances has some truths to it, but each person is unique in how they understand and work their treatment and apply it to their lives. Mel Gibson will live his life in recovery when and if he is willing to do so.
    I hope he does. The man has ISSUES!

  2. Jinxy McDeath

    All of this talk makes me want a 3rd Martini, Mel care to join me? You drive ‘k.

  3. nougat

    “Statements that Mel Gibson made are a result of alcohol changing Mel Gibson into that kind of a person.”

    Alcohol= truth serum…
    Anyone slightly interested in the Gibson saga is aware that his anti-semitic behavior is well documented and deep-rooted (his Dad has stated that the Holocaust never happened, Mel has stated that his Dad has never told him a lie). Hopefully society will do with Gibson as it should & stop buying tickets to project with which he is associated. Why not at least start there?

  4. People say things when they’re intoxicated that they don’t necessarily mean. And I wasn’t there, I didn’t hear it, said the Rev. Garry Poole, director of spiritual discovery at Willow Creek Community Church. (

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