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In the News: Chris Brown Ordered to Rehab for Another Two Months

24-year-old Chris Brown has been ordered back to rehab for another two months, despite the progress he has made. At a hearing on Friday, Los Angeles judge ordered the singer to spend another two months in the Malibu rehabilitation center where he has been dealing with anger management and drug abuse issues. After papers from his anger management program exposed that Brown was suffering from bipolar disorder, PTSD and insomnia, the judge sent the singer back to treatment. Documents from the Malibu rehab program Brown entered diagnose the singer with bipolar disorder, PTSD, and severe insomnia.

Brown originally entered the program in November after an occurrence in which he threw a rock through his mother’s car window. During his stay in rehab, a court on Friday heard, Brown has been a perfect patient. He has gone to six to eight therapy sessions a week and passed drug tests without incident. After two more months of rehab, a judge will decide whether Brown will go to jail for violating the terms of his probation. His legal anguishes began in 2009, after he pled guilty to attacking his then-girlfriend Rihanna.

Documents from the rehab center showed that Brown’s problems may stem from a diagnosis of a mental disorder. The singer suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar II disorder, and severe insomnia. A letter from the rehab center was submitted that stated: “Our clinical team believes Mr. Brown became aggressive and acted out physically due to untreated mental health disorder, severe sleep deprivation, inappropriate self-medicating and PTSD”.

Brown has been doing well in rehab, and reporting on a regular basis to community service to fulfill the terms of his probation. He will stay in the program until late April. He must also fulfill the 750 outstanding hours of community service, a condition of his probation for his assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna. To obey the requirement, Brown has been reporting to a highway cleaning crew three days a week. Brown will stay in rehab until his hearing in Washington, D.C., for the supposed assault of a 20-year-old art student is determined. The Los Angeles court will then decide whether he should be imprisoned for probation violations.

Chris Brown’s past of bad boy behavior likely stemmed from fundamental and untreated medical problems. In my opinion, I don’t think Chris Brown should have to go to jail and should just seek treatment and help for his mental health problems and disorders. When it comes to mental health, it should be treated differently and seen as a disease and not just someone having anger problems (even though he does). There are 12-step programs for pretty much everything, and Chris Brown could probably benefit from attending meetings.

He has definitely had a rocky few years between his issues with Rihanna and other violent charges but anyone can change if they are willing to. I just hope that Chris Brown gets the help he needs and is able to keep his life on track. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.


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