Locklear's alcohol abuse problem has been "tearing up her family. It’s been an ongoing issue for many many years. It has been horrible for Ava," says a source.
Heather Locklear who left a lasting impression on us with her incredible acting in television series Dynasty has been admitted to rehab once again. According to PEOPLE, this 57-year-old actress is residing in an in-patient facility after leaving the place quite recently. A source told PEOPLE, "She went back to rehab two weeks ago. She went back to the place she left before Christmas. She had left for three days right before Christmas and never gone back."
The source further added, "Heather’s problem is she doesn’t get serious about anything. She was continuing to drink." Locklear has been struggling with substance abuse since years and now it's taking a toll on her family, especially her 21-year-old daughter Ava says the source. "Her issue is alcohol, pills, and her mental health. She doesn’t want anybody to hold her accountable. She has no job, nothing to keep her accountable. This has been tearing up her family. It’s been an ongoing issue for many many years. It has been horrible for Ava," added the source.
Speaking about Locklear's ex-husband Richard Sambora who shares Ava their daughter the source said, "Richie isn’t really involved anymore, though he has always been a great supporter. He has supported Ava and has always been there for Heather." In spite of the actress' continuous failure at rehab in the past, her family is quite hopeful that the treatment would stick this time. "Everybody is hopeful that this time will be different, but it’s just hard to tell. She’s not going into anything new is the problem though; she’s just going back to something she has done before. She has been to rehab more than 20 times, perhaps 25 times. The people are really rich, they pay for detoxes. So a lot of it has been that," explains the source.
Indicating the failed attempts of numerous treatments the source said, "She had a sober minder living with her. They pay them like $7,000 to $10,000 a week, and they absolutely haven’t worked for her." Further adding the source says how she refuses to take any help from her closed ones, "She won’t take any help from anybody close to her who wants to help her. She had a 5250 [hold]. And nobody did a conservatorship, nobody stepped up. … It’s the same mental health issues as well." In such a situation "Somebody has to take a lead on this, and nobody has any rights here except her parents", the source says, "and they're very old."
When PEOPLE contacted Locklear's former rep to get a statement on this matter, they informed them how they no longer have any ongoing communication with the actress. News of the Dynasty actress being in rehab was first reported by Access. A friend of the actress informs that the stint came right after she got into out-patient rehab at home. Her friend further added that Locklear had left rehab at the end of December to be with her family in Los Angeles for Christmas. Also, she had plans of returning hence she was "doing out-patient rehab at home."
The Melrose Place star's friend informed how she was doing well at home living with her mother Diane, 85 and father Bill, 89, in January. "She’s doing great. She has her parents staying with her, which has been great for everyone truly close to her. The fact that her parents are now staying with her is a good development and comforting," the friend said. "Heather needs grounding and normalcy and what better people to do that than her own parents. It’s a good thing in the end," her friend added. The following year, Locklear was "under a doctor's care", away from "anybody who is not a good influence". This included her on-off boyfriend Chris Heisser. "She has broken up with Chris" the friend confirmed, reported Radar.
The friend further added, "By her making this move, it gives her a great reset button on what is most important and that is her sobriety." Heisser had entered the picture two and a half years ago when he visited her in rehab according to this friend. Disapproving of his presence the friend said Heisser "did not help her sustain her goals of sobriety." Furthermore, the source said, "She set goals of sobriety two years ago and those were not working with him in the picture."