Over the past year, Shia LaBeouf has made headlines for a number of troubling incidents, from allegations of plagiarism to assault. Prior to the Fourth of July weekend, the former "Transformers" star attended a performance of the Broadway show "Cabaret," when a reportedly drunken disorderly display ended with him removed from the theater and subsequently arrested. Now, the actor has apparently volunteered to seek treatment for alcohol abuse.
The New York Daily News reports that the 27-year-old actor, who was released from police custody on the morning of Friday, July 4, returned to Los Angeles over the holiday weekend and has begun attending alcoholism treatment. Sources stressed that he has not enrolled in any alcohol treatment centers for rehab, but is instead voluntarily receiving help.
"He understands that these recent actions are a symptom of a larger health problem and he has taken the first of many necessary steps towards recovery," a rep for the actor told the source.
LaBeouf was snapped leaving his home in the Hollywood Hills with the Alcoholics Anonymous "Big Book" in hand.
Recognizing an alcohol dependency in yourself, how it's affecting your behavior and making the decision to put an end to it is no small feat. Although just the first step in a longer process, this kind of self-reflection requires a tremendous amount of courage.
If you or a loved one is ready to make a similar journey, consider the help of drug and alcohol treatment centers like Fairwinds Treatment Center. Founded in 1989 by Dr. M.K. (Khal) El-Yousef, Fairwinds utilizes a unique dual diagnosis approach to not only treat addiction, but understand and resolve the underlying psychological factors that may be engendering that addictive behavior in the first place.