Gerard Butler 'in rehab after relying too heavily on prescription pain relief'
Gerard Butler is in rehab being treated for substance abuse issues, it has been reported.
The 42-year-old actor is apparently seeking help for his problems at the Betty Ford Center, according to TMZ.com.
The website claim that Butler's issues began when he started suffering from severe pain following the shooting of action movie 300 back in 2006.
Rehab: Gerard Butler checked into the Betty Ford clinic three weeks ago after accepting he was addicted to prescription pain relief medication, it has been reported
It is thought that his surfing accident in December then added to the issues.
TMZ.com are reporting that Butler made the decision to enter the Betty Ford clinic three weeks ago when he decided he had become too reliant on pain medication.
Gruelling: Butler had to work hard to get into shape for 2006 movie 300
The website also reported that Butler had also been using cocaine, but that the drug wasn't at the root of the issue. Butler is expected to be leaving the clinic today.
Butler spoke previously about how difficult he found it to adjust when filming wrapped on the physically-gruelling action film 300.
He said: 'When when you finish filming your whole routine changes and suddenly you don't have to do what you did anymore. It's kind of weird. You feel a little lost. You don't have to hold yourself the same way physically.
'I noticed in watching the video journals that even when I wasn't performing, I was still walking around as the king and talking like him. I don't do that anymore! I can slouch again!
'There was definitely a period of adjustment and physical pain because I stopped training. That was the worst thing I could have done.'
It had also been reported last year that there were plans to make a sequel to the film, with claims in December that Joel Egerton was in line to replace Butler in the role of King of Sparta.
Then, late last year, Butler was involved in the surfing accident which is believed to have exacerbated the pain he was feeling even further.
Injury: Butler also suffered a surfing accident back in December which is believed to have exacerbated his pain even further
Butler had been shooting Of Men And
Mavericks in California, a movie based on the life of US surfer Jay
Moriarity, playing Rick 'Frosty' Hesson, Moriarity's mentor.
He was getting ready to film action
scenes when he was thrown off his surfboard and pummelled by breakers at
least 12 feet high, then held underwater for two consecutive waves
before being hit on the head by four or five more when he managed to
swim to the surface.
Speaking about the accident in January, Butler said: 'It was a pretty close call.
'The waves just took me in, and I couldn’t get up. It was pretty hairy. It was maybe of of the few times that reports were not exaggerated.'
Butler, who is a teetotal, also spoke previously about how he became addiction to alcohol.
He said: 'I used to drink until I couldn't remember anything. I was just mad for it and on a death wish. It was madness.
'One or two drinks was never enough for me. I was a foot-on-the-floor-all-the-way drinker, so it had to go. I don't miss it.'