You have to hand it to Charlie Sheen: despite the utter craziness of his 2011 Winning/Tiger Blood/F-18, Bro/Vatican Assassin Warlocks phase, he's pretty much stayed out of trouble since those days. If he's still living a messed-up, drug-fueled lifestyle, he's at least keeping it out of the tabloids. Unfortunately, the same can't be said of his ex, Brooke Mueller, who's currently serving her nineteenth stint in rehab.
Actually, it may be her twentieth rehab visit, because reports vary as to what her six-day-long December treatment for Adderall abuse brought the tally to. But despite Mueller's lack of success with beating drug addiction, it's possible this time might be the rock bottom she needed -- because unlike previous rehab stays, this one was preceded by her children being taken away.
Last Wednesday, Mueller was placed under a psychiatric 5150 hold under the Californian Welfare Institutions Code. That's the same evaluation that Britney Spears went under in 2008, which "allows a qualified officer or clinician to involuntarily confine a person deemed to have a mental disorder that makes them a danger to him- or herself, and/or others."
The next day, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services took Mueller and Sheen’s 4-year-old twins, Bob and Max, out of Mueller's custody. According to TMZ, officials decided her house was an unsafe environment for children due to fears that Mueller's drug use could endanger them.
The twins were placed with Charlie Sheen's second wife, Denise Richards. Afterwards, Sheen's publicist issued a statement on his client's behalf:
Charlie supports the actions of the Department of Children and Family Services. He knows Max and Bob are safe and in a stable, loving environment with Denise and the boys’s sisters. Charlie will fully cooperate and fully participate in all proceedings.
Mueller's rep says she voluntarily checked into the UCLA Medical Center on Friday, May 3:
Brooke will be there for several more days, and will likely transition directly into a residential treatment facility to get help for prescription drug abuse. Brooke misses her children, and wants to get healthy so she can resume her life and get back to being a mom.
It's hard to know what's really going on with Brooke Mueller, but if there's any truth to the statement that she's voluntarily getting help, maybe that's a hopeful sign she's ready to do some serious battle with the substance addictions that have impacted her life for so long. I can't imagine a bigger wakeup call than having DCFS take your kids away, and even though Richards has stepped in before to take care of the boys while Mueller's been in treatment, I think it's the first time she's been officially involved in the custodianship. (In fact, Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards are in court right now trying to get temporary custody for Richards.)
Brooke Mueller has an enormously hard road in front of her, but I sure hope for their boys' sake she uses this opportunity to get her act together. Eventually, her luck at even being ALIVE at this point is going to run out.
Do you think Brooke Mueller has a shot at making this rehab stay a success?