Brand Warned He Would Die Within Six Months Without Rehab

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April 18, 2011 | 4:10am EST

Russell Brand’s drug problems became so debilitating at the height of his addiction he was warned he would die if he refused help.
The Get Him To The Greek star spiralled out of control after initially finding fame in his native U.K. as a stand-up comedian and TV host.

His agent, John Noel, ordered the funnyman to seek professional help after his son saw the star taking heroin at a party and Brand only agreed after he was told he wouldn’t survive if he didn’t go to rehab.

The actor, who has now turned his life around, tells British host Piers Morgan, “I was probably six months away from, well (my friend) goes, ‘You need to stop taking drugs right now or in six months you’ll be in prison, a lunatic asylum or dead’. And that’s the first time anyone had said anything like that to me.

“I still thought… ‘Rehab, I don’t like the sound of that’. So that’s when (agent) John (Noel) and (my friend) took me in a room… He said, ‘Russell needs to go away, because he’s doolally (crazy)… but he’s got to want to go for himself’… The thing with drug addiction is the person themselves has to make that choice because it’s got to come from within, and I go, ‘Yeah, I don’t think I fancy it’. John went, ‘F**k that you’re going’.”

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