Chevy Chase Enters Rehab for ‘Tuneup’ on Alcohol Treatment

Actor Chevy Chase in an Aug. 5, 2009 file photo taken in Pasadena, Calif.(AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)

LOS ANGELES—Chevy Chase has checked into a rehab facility in Minnesota for treatment for an alcohol problem.

Chase’s publicist Heidi Schaeffer said Monday that Chase is at Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center for what she calls a “tuneup” in his recovery.

Chase has had struggles with substances during his career. He checked into the Betty Ford Clinic in the 1980s for treatment for an addiction to prescription pain killers.

The 72-year-old former star of “Saturday Night Live” and the “Vacation” movies was recently a regular on TV’s “Community” from 2009 to 2014. He has a pair of films coming up, “The Christmas Apprentice,” and “Dog Years.”

His return to rehab was first reported by TMZ.

“If it hadn’t been for the courage of Mr. [former president Gerald] Ford’s wife, Betty, for admitting to an alcohol problem, I would never have received the help I needed in the early 1980s at the Betty Ford clinic, located not far from the Ford residence near Palm Springs,” he wrote for the New York Times in 2007.

His agent told the newspaper that he had previously “developed a dependency on prescription drugs relating to chronic and long-term back problems.”

Epoch Times contributed to this report.

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