The star of the popular film “Transformers”, Shia LeBeouf has admitted that he is receiving treatment for alcohol abuse although he has not yet entered a rehab facility. In spite of false reports stating that the actor entered rehabilitation, LeBeouf’s representatives have stated that he is receiving treatment for alcohol abuse but not through an inpatient treatment center. It has been speculated that LeBeouf is treating his alcohol addiction by attending 12 step meetings at private addiction center and the actor was even seen carrying an “Alcoholics Anonymous” book recently while outside his Hollywood home. The news of his treatment comes after some bizarre conduct over the past few months due to the development of his drinking problems. LeBeouf has been in trouble with the law on several occasions as a result of his behavior while drunk.
LeBeouf’s Numerous Drinking Incidents
Shia LeBeouf was a child actor who rose to fame at the age of 14 through his work as the star of a Disney channel series called “Even Stevens.” He has starred in a number of TV and film roles including three of the “Transformers” films which represent the peak of his career. He has also played in films with more literary appeal including “Nymphomaniac” and “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman.” LeBeouf’s drinking behavior first became problematic when he was arrested in 2007 at the age of 21 for refusing to leave a drugstore after a security guard said he was intoxicated. Only a year later, the actor was arrested again at the scene of a car accident on suspicion of driving under the influence. More recently his behavior has become unpredictable and often strange as his alcoholism escalated. Earlier this year he appeared at the Berlin Film Festival with a paper bag over his head with the words “I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE” written across the front in black marker. He also posted the same phrase on his Twitter account daily for weeks.
His Most Recent Arrest
LeBeouf’s disconcerting behavior culminated in another incident with the law just last week in New York. Police said he lit a cigarette in a Broadway theatre and witnesses claimed that he yelled at the actors onstage during a performance of “Cabaret”. The actor was drunk and disruptive in the theatre leading him to be charged with criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and harassment. He was even seen earlier in the day having an altercation with a homeless man. It was after this low point that LeBeouf began to understand that his actions were a symptom of his larger problem with alcohol abuse. He has only now taken the first step toward the long road to recovery by recognizing his drinking problem. After the incident his representatives issued a statement asserting that he has not entered a rehab facility but is now voluntarily receiving treatment for alcohol addiction.
After his string of public scenes and a history of arrest as a result of his alcohol abuse, LeBeouf is finally reaching out for help to quit his addiction. In spite of his fame and success as an actor he has had frequent run-ins with the law and been publicly out of control with his drinking behavior. He has also stained his reputation as an actor by behaving so bizarrely at the film festival this year. Although LeBeouf has not yet discussed his addiction publicly, he is getting the necessary help from twelve step meetings at a “celebrity frequented” addiction treatment center in Hollywood. The actor could potentially discuss more about his relationship with alcohol and his substance abuse problems when he is able to complete his recovery treatment.