ANT’S ON ROAD TO RECOVERY
TV favourite is making progress battling substance abuse, prescription drugs and booze issues
TROUBLED Ant McPartlin has been allowed on trips out of rehab after making progress on overcoming his addictions.
The TV favourite, 41, shocked fans last month by telling The Sun on Sunday of his substance abuse, prescription drugs and booze issues.
But smiling Ant, who has had surgery to fix an injured right knee, has been on walks to a park and shops after four weeks staying inside the clinic.
A source said: “He’s doing very well considering everything he’s been through and is happy at being allowed to leave the centre with one of the staff. He is in good spirits and on the road to recovery.”
Ant admitted to being hooked on painkillers he took for knee pain.
He also turned to substance abuse while depressed after years of being unable to conceive with wife Lisa, 36.
Ant checked into rehab after confessing to her and TV partner Declan Donnelly about his problems and is expected to remain at the clinic for up to three months. The source added: “Ant has had no visitors — not even Lisa or Dec.
“It was judged best that he battled through this on his own. It has been very tough for him, but he really wants to get better and promised to do whatever that takes. There is still a way to go, but he is making real progress.”
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