Ant McPartlin leaves rehab, discusses two-year pain killer addiction

Ant McPartlin leaves rehab, discusses two-year pain killer addiction

Ant McPartlin leaves rehab, discusses two-year pain killer addiction

TV host Ant McPartlin has opened up about how he almost died from his addiction to super-strong painkilling drugs.

Ant McPartlin says he has huge regrets about what he put his wife Lisa through during his battle with drugs and depression. "I was just drinking too much to numb the pain", he confirmed.

Ant was not diagnosed as an alcoholic although he admitted he has taken a break from the booze and he plans to go without for a little longer, but that he is looking forward to having a pint - even joking about the upcoming series of I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here.

Ant also told The Sun of his hidden knee pain when hosting Saturday Night Takeaway in Florida: Ant said: "I was in a hell of a lot of pain".

So The I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here presenter returned to social media after being flooded with support from loyal fans.

Speaking to The Sun on Sunday, Ant, for the first time, revealed the true extent of his horrifying battle, admitting his addiction led him into a depression. "As a general rule, anything that is opium-based can be addictive". But then we found my pain had been caused by a hole in my knee bone - it was shot.

McPartlin added how he didn't realise his addiction was a problem and, despite warnings from a doctor, kept taking the medication while drinking alcohol.

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"I took a load of stuff that day just to get through the day".

"I didn't think how risky they are", he said.

After the hospital visit in June, McPartlin agreed to enter rehab, committing after admitting to himself there was a problem.

The star said he was "depressed through the whole thing" because he was in pain and immobile.

He admitted that as soon as he walked in the doors he felt relief because the drugs "didn't have control over me any more". "A xxx", Ant tweeted to his and Dec's 6.65 million followers. "And they've been brilliant throughout".

He continued: 'I was insane.

"I've spoken out because I think it's important that people ask for help if they're going through a rough time and get the proper treatment to help their recovery".

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