Jackass star Bam Margera has revealed he’s checking himself into rehab for the third time following his continued battle with alcohol addiction.
The 39-year-old checked himself into rehab last January, too. However, following a robbery in Colombia in August, during which he claims he was held at gunpoint, Bam started drinking again.
The skateboarder had checked himself into rehab in January 2018, just a few days after being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. It was the first time he’d been arrested for a DUI.
Bam has reportedly battled alcohol addiction for years, and has struggled ever since the death of his best friend and fellow Jackass star, Ryan Dunn, in 2011.
Posting a photo of himself with his one-year-old son Phoenix, Bam announced his plans for the new year.
Off to alcohol rehab for the 3rd time. I am hoping the term 3rd time is a charm is true. [sic]
He followed it with a photo of himself with Bob Marier, a ‘sober coach’, as well as thanking Element skateboards founder Johnny Schillereff.
He also thanked interventionist Tim Ryan, and his Jackass cast mates Brandon Novak, Steve O, and Johnny Knoxville ‘for the treatment’:
In January 2018, Bam drove past CHP officers (California Highway Patrol), who were in the middle of stopping someone else. When speaking with Bam, the officers noticed a strong smell of alcohol on his breath.
They then asked the pro-skateboarder to pull over before booking him with driving under the influence.
His bail was set at $15,000 and he was later released after he paid it himself.
Since his stint in rehab last January, Bam was sober for seven months until the incident in Colombia in August. He’s not shared the exact reason why he’s chosen to go back to rehab this time – some months after his trip to Colombia – though we hope he gets the support he needs.
In an interview with The Inquirer, Bam spoke about his drinking problem and how it developed, saying:
It took me four beers to even feel normal. People go to rehab because drinking made them lose their job and their wife.
My job is to do dumb, jackass sh*t, and the more shots of Crown Royal I’d do, the braver I’d be. Drinking helped me get paid.
I’ve come to terms with the fact that it doesn’t take drinking to be funny, but it took me a long time to figure that out.
Following Dunn’s death, things spiralled out of control for Bam, who turned to alcohol and food.
I didn’t know what I was doing for a long time, but I went into a deep downward spiral once that happened. Waking up instantly to a beer was normal for a long time.
Let’s hope Bam gets the support he needs and has a successful stint while in rehab.
If you want to discuss any issues relating to alcohol in confidence contact Drinkline on 0300 123 1110 for advice and support.
Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.