Robin Williams Checks Into Renewal Center, Believed to Be Minnesota's Dan Anderson Center

Celebrity News Jul. 1, 2014 AT 3:35PM
Robin Williams at CBS 2013 Upfront Presentation Robin Williams has checked into a renewal center in Minnesota. Credit: Ben Gabbe/Getty Images

Robin Williams is prioritizing his health. The actor, who struggled with addiction for years in the past, checked into a renewal facility this week, his rep confirms to Us Weekly.

The Oscar-winning actor, 62, reportedly chose on his own accord to spend some time away. He is believed to be at Hazelden's Dan Anderson Renewal Center in Minnesota, a care facility that focuses "on common issues faced in recovery—spiritual fitness, emotional balance, healthy relationships, grief, meditation, and more...and [provides] a safe environment to map out personal paths to a more joyful, deeply satisfying recovery."

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The comic icon, however, did not relapse. An insider tells Us that Williams' time at the center has been planned "for a long period of time" and was "not a last minute decision." The source adds that Williams' decision is akin to spending time at a yoga retreat—"it's a place to recharge," the insider explains. He will stay at the site for one to two weeks in the renewal center, as opposed to Hazelden's addiction treatment facility.

Williams reportedly has remained clean since he was last treated eight years ago, and is taking his trip to the facility as a continued step in his sobriety.

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"After working back-to-back projects, Robin is simply taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud," his rep tells Us Weekly in a statement.

The Crazy Ones star has been vocal about his past issues with cocaine, and checked into rehab in 2006 to work on alcohol problems.

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"After 20 years of sobriety, Robin Williams found himself drinking again and has decided to take proactive measures to deal with this for his own well-being and the well-being of his family," his publicist said at the time.

After his recovery, Williams spoke to Diane Sawyer about his personal struggles on Good Morning America. In the October 2009 interview, he admitted that he thought he could handle his addiction, "but you can't."

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"That's the bottom line," he added to Sawyer. "You really think you can, then you realize, I need help, and that's the word...It's hard admitting it, then once you've done that, it's real easy."

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