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Alex O'Loughlin in Treatment for Prescription Drugs

Alex O'Loughlin in Treatment for Prescription Drugs

Alex O’Loughlin will be missing at least one episode of Hawaii Five-0 while he completes treatment for prescription drugs.

The 35-year-old actor “is taking a short break to receive supervised treatment for prescription pain medication due to a recent shoulder injury,” his rep said in a statement (via EW).

“We respect and support Alex’s decision,” CBS Studios, which produces the drama, added. “Everyone at CBS TV Studios and Hawaii Five-0 wishes him well and we look forward to his return.”

Alex‘s treatment is not expected to affect production, which has already filmed 19 episodes. After episode 20 is completed, the show will then take a short break before filming three more episodes for its second season.

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# 1

The title of this post made me think he’s a drug addict… Nice title Jared!! alex is just trying to be safe with his medication.

# 2

He doesn’t look as good as he used to, he looked so much better on Moonlight.

# 3

yeh yeh. even McGarret is still a human. get better. we enjoy. ;)

# 4

This shoulder issue has months already, he mentioned it lightly on interviews. And it really annoys me that he barely appears on just jared news and now lots of people will think he is a junkie, when in fact he is such a great professional, concerned with health and totally on the opposite scope of actors/celebrities who are involved in drugs. Hope he gets well <3

# 5

Actually, he hasn’t been looking that good on the last few episodes of Hawaii 5 O. Looks pale and has lost some weight. I wish him luck.

# 6

Good Luck, Alex!!! Pills and drugs – the scourge of Hollywood.

# 7

If the prescription he was addicted to was for opiates, this is a life or death situation. I hope his loved ones understand this and he will need long term care….at least 6 months. Believe me I personally know how hard it is to stay in recovery, I have watched this disease destroy my son, and no rehabs have helped him, they do want to get better but opiates have an incredible hold on these addicts.
This is a life long disease and Alex must work on his recovery everyday for the rest of his life. He shouldn’t ever drink alcohol again.
FYI no amount of money for the best rehabs can fix this problem, the addict is the only one that can do it.

# 8
ANGELINA JOLIE IS A WH@RE @ 03/02/2012 at 10:11 pm

hot guy–what do all these celebs have with prescription drugs?

the doctors should be blamed–for me it would be impossible to get addicted to that—it is not that easy to get these drugs from medics anyway–i guess you can buy anything..

# 9

@Mom: Why are you even supposing it’s opiates??? Go rumble about your life elsewhere:/

WAKE UP PEOPLE! DRUGS OF ALL KINDS AREN’T GOOD FOR YOU!! WHETHER YOUR DOCTOR GAVE IT TO YOU OR NOT!

Whitney was using xanax. Antidepressants are killers especially!!!!

Glad he is getting help before he gets into harder stuff. When I saw headline I though maybe he was finally coming out!

Get better soon Alex. All your fans love you and look forward to you returning to Hawaii Five-O.

futuremrsdicaprio @ 03/02/2012 at 11:56 pm

That is so responsible of him, I’m glad he’s getting help weaning of his meds. He’s not an ADDICT, people!! I love him on the show, so I’m glad he won’t miss too many episodes. That “marriage” he has going on with Danny is the highlight of any episode LOL I hope he gets the help he’s looking for and this just passes by!

Alex is my favorite actor, and has been for a few years now. I am so happy to hear that he is seeking treatment. I’ve noticed on the last few episodes of H50 that he had lost weight and looked different. I wish him the best and hope that he gets better and back to filming cause Five-0 wouldnt be the same without him. But more importantly, I pray for a speedy recovery so that he can get back to his son, who means more to him than anything else. God bless him!

I’ve read this article several times, and in no way does it say he’s seeking treatment for an ADDICTION. So, why are people insisting that he’s a junkie, or an addict now? Just because the guy wants to make sure he’s healthy and does it the way it’s SUPPOSED to be done, he’s a junkie?

Wow.
The nerve of some people.

Stop people!, he needs treatmet, so he’s an addict, face it.
He’s great actor as many hollywood actors, but what wrong with they.
Everyday one actor start a treatment for some drugs issues, medicinal or not. they are so screwed

this sucks…. celebs should try to be better role models because after all, some people do look up to them.First demi moore went to rehab then whitney houston died, then gerard butler went to rehab, now this hawaii 5.0 dude. not even counting britney, heath ledger,lohan and …..

@sucks: Celebs are human and can make mistakes. I wonder how would it look like if most of us were under the scrutiny and being judged in all our actions… I don’t think we would be great role models too. We have no idea of how it’s like to be in their shoes.

@Peter: I know they’re human , I’m just saying when your under the microscope and in the public eye you should watch your actions more.

BTW…. this Five-0 guy is kinda cute.

@sucks: What you are saying is that he didn’t think about the message he is passing to others when obviously he didn’t get into trouble because he wanted to. I think there’s a difference between celebs who are totally irresponsable and continuously get into troubles and others who are “normal” and have problemas like anyone else. We expect too much and actually because he is publicly recognizing he has a n issue and is going to treat I see it as an example to others who deal with the same issues and pretend nothing is wrong. People with chronic pain and medicin addiction is not the same as people with illegal drugs addiction.

The pressures of being closeted are enormous.

@Peter: an addiction is an addiction. Btw,howcome so many celebs are addicted to “pain killers”?… don’t you think its a bit odd?

@sucks: The ones I know about have been hurt while working in films where they had very demanding roles packed with action scenes. We should draw a line between recreational drugs and drugs prescriptions used when there’s a health issue. I just don’t think people should be judgemental about it. Some people are addicted to medicines for headaches and they can hide the problem if it’s even considered a problem, but when you have such a demanding and intense job where you have to perform physically you can’t hide it or even take the time to deal with it properly. Has we all heard “the show must go on”:/

@sucks: How many anonymous people are addicted to pain killers? That’s a world problem, not a celebrity problem and has very much to do with the way doctors and pharmaceutical companies define treatments – the “pill cure”.

@Jack: you’re right . its not just a celeb problem , but there’s gotta be other ways to treat pain, right?
@Peter: don’t they have stunt doubles?… why would they risk getting hurt then getting addicted to painkillers?…. it sad.

@sucks: I always see actors being praised for doing stunt work, it shows they are professionals and that they are serious about acting. Also, it has to do about being truthful to the craft I guess. But even minor action sequences can go wrong.
But about the pain, if there was an easier solution (giving the fact that the show can’t stop) do you think people in general would take meds? I guess we can question the medical decisions about it, but that’s probably stuff we don’t know about and I can’t give an opinion. But it’s sad, I agree on that.

I can’t blame people for having an opinionated idea of Alex’s issue because he is part of Hollywood which is the place of celebs addictions and erratic behaviour so if you don’t know him you’ll just think “that’s just another celebrity falling from the pedestal” or something among these lines.
But Alex is not like that, he just does his thing the best he can and that’s probably part of the problem, he is too committed to work and that’s why he does so many stunts and probably why he tried to deal with his pain without dramatizing it too much. I give credits to the guy for being so serious about his job, this issue is just a reflection of his perseverance badly managed.

WHATS THE DEAL IN AMERICA THAT PEOPLE ABUSE WITH PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND GO TO REHAB? THIS GUY, GERARD BUTLER, ETC. MY COUNTRY IS FULL OF MISTAKES BUT THIS DOESNT HAPPEN, I MEAN, PEOPLE IN HERE DRUG WITH COCAINE, ETC, NOT WITH PRESCRIPTION DRUGS! WHY DOES THAT HAPPEN IN AMERICA?

You’re SO HOT, Alex. Get well soon and I hope you throw away those pain pills. Seek other treatment…physical therapy. LOVE, You Alex.

He’s a great actor, and he’s very sexy.
So what if he had problems with prescription drugs?
He also cuts his hair like we all do, he also got married, he also loves, he also cries, he also laughs. Just because he’s in the spotlight doesn’t mean that he’s some sort of alien and can’t have issues.

Wow. Hope he stays in rehab the time needed. Playing with drugs is never a good thing, he should ask Charlie S.

@Tara: He didn’t play with drugs, he used them to ease the pain he has on his shoulder. Not the same.

@Vivian: Great actor, kind of a stretch. LOL

@Sam: Oh and you probably seen all his works, right?

I see my comment on the last page (#17) got to some people . which is pretty funny because I didn’t say anything offensive. I just stated a fact.

BTW, thumbs me down as much as you want . it doesn’t change anything

@sucks: Since when thumbs up or down mean anything? And truth is not black & white. This is just about opinions and there’s lot of those on the internet…

Good luck Alex. Can’t wait to see you back on the show.

jeannette @ 03/06/2012 at 3:26 pm

GOOD LUCK, Alex! GOD BLESS you and hoping for s apeedy recovery.

I wonder how would it look like if most of us were under the scrutiny and being judged in all our actions… I don’t think we would be great role models too. We have no idea of how it’s like to be in their shoes.

TRACEY L MALONEY @ 01/14/2014 at 5:53 am

HOW CAN ALEXZ OLOUGHLIN BE A ROLL MODEL IF HE COULD NOT HANDLE HIS DRUGS AND HAS HAD A KID TO A MARRIED PERSON AND IN FACT LION AND SPIKE LOOK A HOLE LOT LIKE EACH OTHER AND LION HAS A BIT OF LUKE STEDMAN IN HIM

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