Antonio Banderas: Why Melanie Griffith Went Back to Rehab

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Antonio Banderas says fear led wife of 15 years Melanie Griffith back to rehab.

On Wednesday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he reveals that Griffith, 52 – who has been sober for six years – had a skiing accident in Aspen, Co., a year-and-a-half ago.

After three knee operations, she was "obligated to use narcotics," he says,  and she got nervous.

"In March, she came to me and said, 'I'm feeling a little bit weak in my determination for this … so I just thought to go to rehabilitation by myself,'" says Banderas, 49. "So the whole entire family is supporting her and I am supporting her and at this particular time more than ever. I'm very proud of her."

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He adds that the entire family has been participating in Griffith's rehab program. (Her last stint in rehab was in 2000 for her addiction to painkillers)

"We have been following some type of therapy with other families," he says. "There are a number of invisible heroes working in AA all around the world. I just say to families, don't get embarrassed just confront this problem head-on. And don't hide from that because there is a beautiful gift at the end of this tunnel and it is the person that you love back and that is what I am searching for. I am very proud of my wife."


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