Was it the 2000-person Christmas blowout that got him drinking again? Or the gunpoint robbery in Colombia? Neither? Both? Something else entirely? Just why is Jackass star Bam Margera back in rehab?
Bam Margera is Back... in Rehab
You've undoubtedly already heard the news. Jackass star Bam Margera is back. In rehab, that is. For the third time.
The announcement came late Monday evening. New Year's Eve. On the 39-year-old pro skateboarder and reality TV badass's Instagram account. No clue whether or not it came before or after any liquor-fueled festivities.
"Off to alcohol rehab for the 3rd time," read the captioned shot of Bam holding his 1-year-old son Phoenix Wolf. "I am hoping the term 3rd time is a charm is true."
You may recall a similar post back in January 2018. That time Bam entered rehab after being arrested in L.A. for driving under the influence of alcohol. One suspects the stint also came at the behest of L.A. County Court. Either way, Bam got in with a little help from a friend. His post even said so:
"Thanks to @johnnyschillereff of element skateboards for checking me into alcohol rehab today. No phones here, see y’all soon."
Bam's DUI arrest came after attending a surprise Jackass reunion party at the Rainbow Bar & Grill in Hollywood. It's unclear just how long Bam was sober before that incident.
"He had a bad night. He’s embarrassed by it," Bam's mother, April, told Page Six in early 2018. "He’s mad at himself for being stupid. Now he just wants to pick up the pieces and move forward for himself and for his family."
What Made Bam Margera Relapse?
Margera was reportedly so devastated by the 2011 DUI death of Jackass co-star Ryan Dunn that he spiraled out of control. But after some serious self-exile, Bam had apparently put his life back together.
Margera then remained sober for most of 2018. However, he relapsed in August following a potentially fatal incident in Colombia.
"I just arrived in Cartagena alone and I took a taxi — a random one — from the airport to here," he said in 2018 video. "I couldn't speak Spanish. They couldn't speak English. And they translated on their phone for me to read, 'Empty your wallet,' as they put a gun on their lap. So I did. I had $500. They let me go. That was weird. Welcome to Colombia!"
Bam then shared a clip in which he was seen opening a bottle of beer. The caption:
"Sober since January 10th. This is how you open a beer being alone, bored, and robbed."
In December Margera hosted an open house Xmas banger where he reportedly burned furniture.
"The party was pretty lit — there was an indoor skatepark — so just a bunch of weed smoke and PBRS,” one party-goer told Radar. "Bam was doing Bam. You name it, he did it. His wife was pretty mad. They just had a baby and he promised to change.”
The bash had over two thousand people in attendance after Margera announced it on social media.
Throwing a blowout pot and PBR party is probably not the best way to remain sober. But it probably did help Bam decide to go back to rehab. Hopefully Bam will come out working a strong program. This way he'll be better prepared to handle whatever life throws at him down the line.
Bam shouldn't be blamed for relapsing. After all, a close friend's death is a traumatic experience. So is a potentially deadly encounter. And both would cause many a person to drug and drink. Even normies. But normies don't have a disease. Addicts do. And relapse happens to almost all of 'em.
In fact, according to an eight-year study of over 1100 addicts and alcoholics:
Yes, sobriety gets easier the longer you stick to the addiction treatment plan. But when people stop working a strong recovery program, they are much more likely to relapse. That applies to everyone in sobriety.
It's also important to remember that substance abuse relapse rates are similar to rates for other chronic medical illnesses. Relapse doesn’t mean treatment has failed. It indicates that the addict or alcoholic needs to seek additional or different treatment.
Recovery Boot Camp applauds Bam Margera on his decision to re-enter rehab. It's not an easy move. Especially for one of his particular lifestyle. It's gotta be even harder under such intense public scrutiny. That Bam is doing so bodes well for his future. And also for a future with his family and his friends. And we're rooting for him -- and them!