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

Pierre Vaugeois
Août 13, 2017

He told the paper: "I was at the point where anything - prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs - I would take". He pleaded with his wife, make-up artist Lisa Armstrong, to take him to hospital after a night bingeing on tramadol, morphine and alcohol.

Ant has been battling his condition for over two years, after an operation on his knee left feeling in constant pain.

"I said, "You're going to have to call me an ambulance. It was to the point of hearing things, seeing things in the garden and still the pain was getting worse".

"The great thing is I spoke to a lot of the medical team and I'm not an alcoholic".

Ant McPartlin has spoken out for the first time since leaving rehab.

Ant has now successfully completed his treatment and is clean from all drugs other than paracetemol for the first time in three years and is set to return to work alongside Dec on I'm A Celebrity... He then had a botched operation on it the next year.

Speaking to the newspaper, he explained: "Initially I was prescribed co-codamol, codeine, the normal stuff you would get, and then a lot of opium-based stuff".

"When I first went in I was so bad I was just happy to have someone looking after us".

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

Ant said he visited a number of independent private doctors to get more tramadol prescribed.

He then revealed he was using a risky cocktail of drugs to get through work commitments.

"I knew there was a dance routine involved".

With the couple's inability to conceive a contributing factor to his depression, Ant went on to admit the pair had "struggled" in their marriage over the last few years - but that Lisa has been helping him every step of the way.

This also came after a make-or-break intervention by Dec and concerned wife Lisa.

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