Gerard Butler has been seeking help for substance abuse, it has been reported. According to TMZ, the "Machine Gun Preacher" actor
has checked himself into Betty Ford Center in California three weeks ago. He allegedly made the move to prevent himself from developing "a full-blown addiction" after realizing he was relying too much on prescription drugs.
The physical demands of shooting "300" in 2006 have been blamed as the trigger. Words are, the 42-year-old actor's drug problems grew worse after he got injured in a surfing accident during the filming of Jay Moriarty's biopic "Of Men and Mavericks". The gossip site additionally claimed that the actor also developed issues with cocaine.
Butler had a nearly fatal surfing accident back when shooting a scene at Maverick's, the infamous Northern California surf spot south of San Francisco on December 18, 2011. It was reported at the time that he was clobbered by a set of giant waves. A witness claimed that he was "held down for a solid two waves and took four or five more on the head before being washed through the rocks on the inside."
After being rescued, Butler was taken to Stanford Medical Center for an observation. His representative later assured that the actor was fine, and added, "They brought him to Stanford University. More scary than anything. For precaution, we all wanted him checked out after it all happened. Came out with flying colors."