Dennis Rodman has entered rehab after an alcohol fueled meltdown in North Korea. The 52-year-old retired basketball star is pursuing help for his long-time struggle with alcoholism. Rodman’s agent, Darren Prince, declined to disclose which treatment facility he is seeking help at but it has been stated that he is at a 28-30 day program in New Jersey. According to Prince, when Dennis Rodman came back from North Korea he was in pretty rough shape emotionally. He had all of this pressure on him to be a super human political figure and a fixer and it got the better of him.”He is embarrassed, saddened and remorseful for the anger and hurt his words have caused.”
Rodman recently returned to the United States from yet another trip to North Korea where he directed an auditorium crowd in entertaining the secluded nation’s leader, Kim Jong Un, with “Happy Birthday” at an exhibition game between former NBA players and a North Korean team. He drank heavily in North Korea and his drinking intensified to a level that no one had seen before.
The lively basketball Hall of Famer who won five NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls and the Detroit Pistons said that alcohol was one reason he told CNN earlier this month that an American imprisoned in North Korea since 2012 may have done something to deserve his sentence of 15 years’ hard labor. After Kenneth Bae’s family protested, Rodman apologized saying that he was under stress and had been drinking prior to the interview.
Rodman is recognized as much for his clowning around, tattoos and daring fashion selections as he was for basketball. He was the highest-profile American to meet the North Korean leader since he inherited power from father Kim Jong II in 2011 and has since traveled to Pyongyang, for the first time last February. In November of last year he debuted a premium vodka called ‘Dennis Rodman- The original Bad Ass Premium Vodka.’ The endorsement was an unusual choice for a star that has had problems with alcohol in the past, as well as getting arrested for driving drunk and assaulting his ex-fiancee.
Rodman also attended an outpatient rehab program in 2008. A year later he appeared on the show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew for its third season; but he didn’t behave himself. In 2012, the Los Angeles Times detailed Rodman’s wrongdoings and legal issues and said he was broke and incapable of getting work. He has been in and out of the news and tabloids in the last 5 years or so for many different indiscretions on his part due to alcohol. It has been said that he is a very sweet person but he is also an alcoholic and his disease affects his ability to work.
Like most alcoholics and addicts, we are a total mess when in our active addiction. I know that when I was drinking I was completely unmanageable and couldn’t function like a normal person. I’m glad to hear that Dennis Rodman is seeking treatment for his alcoholism and hope he can find a solution and get better through the rehab he has entered. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.