Heather Locklear returns to rehab six months after relapse: ‘This has been tearing up her family’

Cape Town - Heather Locklear has returned to rehab six months after being placed on a psychiatric hold.

The 57-year-old American actress, who’s been struggling with substance abuse, has reportedly recently been admitted as an in-patient at a treatment facility.

"She went back to rehab two weeks ago," a close source told People.

"She went back to the place she left before Christmas. She’d left for three days right before Christmas and never gone back.

"Heather’s problem is she doesn’t get serious about anything. She was continuing to drink."

The insider went on to say that the Flirting with Forty actress’s addiction has had a huge impact on her family, including her 21-year-old daughter, Ava.

"Her issue is alcohol, pills, and her mental health. She doesn’t want anybody to hold her accountable.

"She has no job, nothing to keep her accountable. This has been tearing up her family. It’s been an ongoing issue for many, many years. It’s been horrible for Ava," the source said.

Locklear’s family is hopeful that the treatment will help her this time, Daily Mail reports.

"Everybody is hopeful that this time will be different, but it’s just hard to tell," the insider said.

"She’s not going into anything new is the problem, though – she’s just going back to something she has done before.

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"She’s been to rehab more than 20 times, perhaps 25 times. The people are really rich, they pay for detoxes. So a lot of it’s been that.

"She had a sober minder [companion] living with her. They pay them like $7,000 to $10,000 [about R98 000 to R140 000] a week, and they absolutely haven’t worked for her.”

In February last the actress was arrested for domestic violence and assaulting a police officer, E! Online reports. Just hours after being released from police custody, Heather was hospitalised for a drug overdose.

Sources: E! Online, People, Daily Mail

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