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MTV Star Steve-O, Facing Felony Cocaine Charges - Checks Into Rehab

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MTV Star Steve-O, Facing Felony Cocaine Charges - Checks Into Rehab © Photo: Freschwill

Steve-O, in a message to fans on his website, talks about his troubled childhood and his difficulties with drugs and alcohol - and says he's ready to leave it all behind.

After being committed to LA based Cedar-Sinai Hospital for psychiatric evaluation, and facing a felony cocaine charge, Jackass start Steve-O has checked into rehab.

In a message posted on his website, the MTV star recounted his history with drugs and alcohol, confessing that he started using alcohol, LSD, ketamine, cocaine and amphetamines frequently as a teenager.

Steve-O had once before contemplated treatment, attempting an AA meeting at the age of 18, but says that this time he's serious about getting better, writing, " I will simply say that when I was interviewed about it all upon checking into this rehab facility, it became frighteningly clear to me how lucky I am to still have any chance whatsoever at leading a happy, fulfilling, and meaningful life."

Blaming many of his problems on his disjointed upbringing, the star talked about life in a home with 2 alcoholic parents. He tells of his mother's severe alcoholism, and how she even once lied to the family about having cancer so she could lie in bed all day getting drunk.

He also writes about getting fed alcohol during regular air travel, a parenting method employed to keep young Steve-O quiet. His mother has since passed away, and Steve-O expresses some astonishment that her tragic example never served to deter him from the perils of abuse, "I also can't believe I ever picked up my first drink on my own after the way alcohol ruined her life."

To conclude his message to fans, the MTV daredevil put down a final letter to drugs, writing "I'm not ready to die. I'm ready to live. I'm ready to breathe (properly even). I'm ready to fall in love. I'm ready to become ready to start a family. I'm ready to be happy, fulfilled and meaningful.  Maybe I'll see you f---ers if and/or when I'm ready to die."

His arraignment on felony cocaine charges has been continued to March 26th.

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