Chevy Chase has returned to rehab.
The 72-year-old comedian, who was one of the key cast members in the inaugural season of “Saturday Night Live” (SNL), is currently receiving treatment for an alcohol-related issue at Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center in Minnesota, his rep told TMZ.
Although it’s unclear how long Chase will stay at the facility, it seems that the “Community” alum is committed to becoming better, as his rep told the website that the New York-born actor “wants to be the best that he can be.”
Chase’s upcoming film “Dog Years” is currently being filmed, and it’s unknown at this point whether or not his admission to rehab will affect the movie’s production.
According to Us Weekly, other celebrities who sought treatment at Hazelden were Robin Williams, Chris Farley and Liza Minnelli.
Chase previously sought treatment for addiction to prescription painkillers in 1986. At the time, his rep told The New York Times that he had been admitted to Betty Ford Clinic and his addiction was related to “chronic and long-term back problems” which he incurred after hurting himself doing stunts on “SNL.”
Chase opened up about his first rehab stint in an op-ed he wrote for The New York Times in 2006.
“If it hadn’t been for the courage of Mr. [Gerald ]Ford’s wife, Betty, for admitting to an alcohol problem, I would never have received the help I needed in the early 1980s at the Betty Ford clinic, located not far from the Ford residence near Palm Springs,” he wrote at the time.“During my short stay there, I often saw Mrs. Ford personally surveying the clinic and generously offering a helping hand to those who were lucky enough to face their problems and, with the learned help of the clinic staff, appraise their behavior and their lifestyles.”
In an interview with Esquire in 2010, Chase revealed that he was “pretty low-level when it came to drug abuse.” “I never shot things up or freebased,” he said. “I checked myself into the Betty Ford Clinic after my nose started to hurt.”
Aside from “Dog Years,” Chase will also be seen next in the comedy flick “The Christmas Apprentice.”