Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Pills and booze addiction almost killed me

Pills and booze addiction almost killed me

The TV star - one half of Ant and Dec - entered rehab in June after struggling with a two-year addiction to super-strength painkillers following a knee operation in 2015. 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 also told The Sun of his hidden knee pain when hosting Saturday Night Takeaway in Florida: Ant said: "I was in a hell of a lot of pain".

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So The I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here presenter returned to social media after being flooded with support from loyal fans. It was to the point of seeing things in the garden and still the pain was getting worse'.

"The ambulance came and took me to Chelsea and Westminster [hospital]".

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'I was depressed through the whole thing because I was in pain and immobile'. "I was moved on to tramadol, which is where the real problems started".

"I took sleeping pills too - I was prescribed temazepam and diazepam". Finally talking with wife Lisa and TV partner Declan Donnelly got him on the road to recovery. I'm sending all my love back.

"I hid it from everyone because I was embarrassed about it".

He added: "Dec came around and he kind of knew it was at the point where I needed help".

"I didn't think how risky they are", he said.

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"We had an hour's conversation then I packed my bag and I went". "I'm lucky because I have the means to [check myself into rehab]".

Asked if he fought the suggestion he went to rehab, he replied: "Nah".

He admitted that as soon as he walked in the doors he felt relief because the drugs "didn't have control over me any more". Lisa and Dec gave me a bit of a send-off from mine.

'And they've been brilliant throughout'.

Ant McPartlin has thanked Prince Harry for writing to him to thank the star for speaking out on his battles with depression and addiction.

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He said in his interview that he also self-medicated by taking more drugs because they were easy to obtain. I went to three private doctors. "I've let people down. I took a load of stuff that day just to get through the day".

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