Gucci Mane in Rehab for Cocaine Use
Less than six months after his release from prison, Gucci Mane has checked himself into a rehab facility for an addiction to cocaine.
According to Ozone Magazine, members of the rapper's entourage were involved in an hour-long stand-off against Gucci outside the Riverwoods Southern Regional Psychiatric Center in Riverdale, Ga. on Thursday (October 14). The group, which included his manager and lawyer, begged him to enter the facility for treatment, apparently interrupting a Narcotics Anonymous class that was taking place at the time of his arrival.
After coaxing from his lawyer, who convinced the 'So Wasted' rapper that failing to get help for his drug addiction could land him right back behind bars, the 30-year-old turned himself in for 28-day treatment. The facility, which specializes in alcohol and substance abuse, offers support groups for chemical dependency every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
Although Gucci's camp has yet to confirm the story, this isn't the first time that he has made news for substance abuse. Back in 2008 he was arrested on a DUI charge, which landed him back in jail for a year for violating his probation stemming from a 2005 assault charge. Earlier this year, while behind bars, Gucci slammed reports that testing positive for cocaine put him behind bars. "I think it was for marijuana," Gucci said of the failed drug test. "But it definitely wasn't from cocaine. I have never used cocaine. I stopped smoking and stopped drinking. For the last six months, I haven't used any drugs, and I will continue to claim sobriety."
In what has turned out to be a year of hip-hop's love affair with substance abuse, Gucci has become the latest rapper to face drug addiction. Last week, fellow Atlanta rapper T.I. was sentenced to 11 months in prison after violating his probation when he was arrested and found to be in possession of ecstasy.
Hopefully Gucci can get help for his addiction and focus on promoting his latest album, 'The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted' which was released September 28.