Author: Justin Mckibben
Celebrities are known for their outlandish life-styles and impossibly extraordinary stories, including rises to fame from utter poverty, all the way to insanely turbulent relationships and controversy. And one family who is no stranger to that kind of lime-light allure is the Kardashians. With Kim and Kayne doing everything they can to push as many buttons of the general public as possible, and the other Kardashian sisters living it up on television, Scott Disick is a character who was introduced in the background and quickly became a fan favorite for his sarcasm and edgy smarta** wit.
Well beyond his antics on camera, Scott is no stranger to some on and off-screen drama himself, and after an all-too-short stint in rehab last year, the reality star has checked into a bizarre and perhaps foolhardy luxury rehab center in Costa Rica in another attempt to beat his alcohol addiction.
Disick, or ‘Lord Disick’ as he has been known to prefer, is best known as the father to Kourtney Kardashian’s three children. In a recent press release Scott announced his latest return to rehab. He checked into the Rythmia Life Advancement Center after being caught in Atlantic City last weekend stumbling around in a drunken stupor.
During the press release Scott made a confession about his problems with drinking,
“My issues are bigger than me and I’m ready to truly remedy this struggle I continue to battle.”
This isn’t the first time Scott has seen this problem in his life, Disick had entered a rehab for a short 5 days last summer. At the time Disick claimed to have realized he was drinking to cope with the death of his parents, both of whom had passed away within the last year.
In an episode from last November of the reality TV show Kourtney & Khloe Take the Hamptons, Disick was shown inebriated on screen to the point he could not speak or stand up straight. His bodyguard had to physically pick him up and carry him to bed, where Disick asked his friend if they could take more sleeping pills. Obviously Disick is an individual who is no stranger to the party scene. So having been to rehab once, what is he doing differently?
Rythmia Life Advancement Center
What’s the big deal has a lot of people raising some eye-brows? Well this center uses the African psychedelic shrub iboga to send patients on a vision quest to kick their addictions. These rituals, referred to as the “iboga flights” are intended to force patients to examine the root of their addictions and what triggers them through this trip.
Sources reported that in this treatment program a shaman observes a patient during their experience with the psychedelic, and stated that this treatment typically takes several weeks.
Rythmia Center CEO Gerard Powell stands by his treatment method as someone who underwent this kind of program and believes in its methods. Powell has said that he was once himself addicted to alcohol and cigarettes until being introduced to the iboga plant. Powell even goes so far as to claim that the psychedelic experience actually cured him of his cravings the day after using it.
The Rythmia Center facility does not follow most typically treatment models, and even denies that addiction is a disease. The Rythmia Center follows a different ideology, and Gerard Powell himself stated,
“We believe people like Scott become dependent on their vices due to past events they have not reconciled with, current conditions they cannot cope with, and things they believe aren’t true.”
Kardashian had previously told him that he’s an alcoholic and wanted to set “ground rules” for ‘Lord Scotts’ partying since he’s a father, but apparently moderation is still not working out so well.
But is this really going to change things? If Scott is expecting the answer to his drinking problem to be found in a binge of hallucinogenic plant trips combined with therapy will it really do the trick… or is he in need of something a little more abstinence and accountability based?
Celebrities are often found caught up in the fast paced high stakes world of drugs and heavy drinking, and too often we hear stories of celebrities who suffer greatly due to their life-style, or die from it. But it doesn’t take an actor’s fame and fortune to get the help you need. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135