Celebrities who have been to rehab

Slideshow posted in Photos | Wednesday, December 01, 2010

13 of 48: Gerard Butler entered a rehab center in early February 2012, reportedly to reportedly treat a prescription drug addiction that he developed following a surfing accident he suffered while filming the movie 'Of Mice and Mavericks.' He was released on Feb. 24, 2012.

His spokesperson said: 'Gerard has completed a successful course of treatment and has returned home in good health. We will not be making any further comment at this time.'

The website TMZ recently reported that Butler has struggled with pain management for years and after his accident, he 'realized he was relying too much on prescription drugs and decided to head off a full-blown addiction.' It said he spent three weeksat the Betty Ford Center in southern California.

The actor talked about the potentially fatal accident on the UK series 'The Graham Norton Show' in January, saying: 'It was a pretty close call. [The waves] just took me and I couldn't get up. It was pretty hairy.'

Butler began his on-screen career in the late 1990s after previously working as a lawyer in his native Scotland. His breakout roles came in 2004, when he played the villain in the musical film "The Phantom of the Opera" and in 2006, when he starred in the fantasy action blockbuster '300.'

'I don't quite know how I got through my last two years of law school because by then, I was already partying a lot and not really taking my responsibilities too seriously,' the actor said on 'The Howard Stern Show' on Sirius XM radio in November 2011. 'I took a year out. I came over to America. I was always getting in trouble. I was in jail a bunch of times.'

Butler, who is often seen at nightclubs in Los Angeles, denied reports that said he was once addicted to drugs and alcohol, but told Stern: 'I was definitely drinking. But I was not an alcoholic. I wouldn't say drug addict at all. Yeah, I took drugs. I don't ever really go into specifics there.'

This is not the first time Butler suffered an accident while filming a movie. He told OnTheRedCarpet.com that he was hit with stray bullet casings while shooting 'Machine Gun Preacher,' which hit theaters in September.

(Pictured: Gerard Butler talks to OnTheRedCarpet.com at the premiere of 'Machine Gun Preacher' in September 2011.) (OTRC Photo)