Shia LaBeouf seems to have finally admitted defeat by checking into rehab. The troubled star’s recent run-in with the law seems to have been a clear sign that he needs professional help. However, this is something that has been going on for a number of years.
On June 26, the former child star was arrested for causing a drunken scene on Broadway. He was released the next day, but that was not all that happened. Sometime later he was spotted carrying The Big Book, which is the large blue central text book for Alcoholics Anonymous. Has he finally admitted that his drinking is a problem, and he needs to start doing something about it?
Taking the step is a big deal. In most recent months, LaBeouf has worried friends and family members with his antics. Some of those included standing on the red carpet wearing a bag over his head stating he was no longer a famous person. He has also been involved in plagiarism rows and drunken mix-ups with the police.
Carrying The Big Book is not all that has surprised fans. He has also checked into rehab, although it is unclear whether this is his choice. There is a chance that he knows he not getting away with his recent run-in with the law, and going into rehab now for help is the best option for him. However, at least LaBeouf has finally checked into rehab.
This is often the hardest step. It means admitting that there is a problem, often one that is viewed as a weakness. The question is whether the Transformers star will stick with the program, and remain for the duration. Since it is voluntary, he could leave early and miss out on all the help he needs.
When LaBeouf was a child, he would attend meetings with his father, who was a recovering drug addict. He knows the damage that drugs and alcohol can have on lives, but that did not stop him from struggling with an addiction of his own. The first sign that there was a problem was in 2008, when he was arrested for drink driving. Just before that, he had been attending AA meetings, and was celebrating 60 days sober.
He continually attended AA meetings over the years, but it seems that the addiction has gotten the better of him. Maybe he knows that the meetings are not enough, but hopes that rehab will be the step that he needs. However, other former child stars have proven that even rehab is not always enough if will-power is weak. Just look at Lindsay Lohan who recently completed her sixth stint in rehab for alcoholism.
Some will suggest that the actor needs more help psychologically. His strange tweets and wacky public decisions cannot be just about his drinking. There is something going on inside his head. Hopefully rehab will offer the therapy he needs for that too.
At least the star is trying to get some help. There are still some troubled stars who continually refuse to get the professional help they desperately need. LaBeouf admits that he cannot do this alone, and has finally checked into rehab.
Opinion by Alexandria Ingham