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Gerard Butler 'admitted to rehab for substance abuse'

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Gerard Butler has reportedly been admitted to rehab to receive treatment for substance abuse.

According to TMZ, the actor entered the Betty Ford Centre three weeks ago but is due to leave later today (February 24).

Gerard Butler, Golden Globe nominations, Los Angeles

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Butler is said to have thought he was over-reliant on prescription drugs and hoped to avoid addiction by admitting himself to the clinic.

The actor reportedly had issues with pain management following the physical shoot for 300 in 2006, and these problems got worse after a surfing accident in December while shooting a stunt for Of Men and Mavericks.

Butler later said that the incident was a "close call" but also admitted that he wanted to go back to the water that day.

He then said that he will be more careful when choosing roles in future because he would "still like to be around in a few years".

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