Gerard Butler is ''glad'' he went to rehab but thinks a ''stronger person'' wouldn't have needed the specialist support.
Gerard Butler is ''glad'' he went into rehab.
The 'Bounty Hunter' actor spent three weeks in the Betty Ford Center in February to be treated for a reliance on prescription drugs.
Even though he believes if he had more willpower he wouldn't have needed specialist treatment, Gerard admits the experience has made him a better person.
He said: ''Maybe a stronger person wouldn't have needed to go. When you hear the word rehab, you think, 'He's a mess, he's f***ed up.' But I'm glad I did it. I've made a s**t load of wrong decisions in my life. But I know I've made some right ones as well. ''They really do rip you apart [in rehab]. You get rid of a bunch of s**t, realise a bunch more s**t, and you make a plan.''
Gerard admits he was ''p***ed off'' that people made assumptions he had sought help for alcoholism as his problem was with pain medication he started taking after suffering injuries in a surfing accident while shooting 'Chasing Mavericks'.
He explained to the November issue of Men's Journal magazine: ''I haven't had a drink in 15 years.
''I was actually taking a minimal amount [of pills] when I went in.
''It was more about becoming a mental warrior and not letting pain bother you. The [instructor] would say, 'I don't want to hear about your f***ing MRIs or your f***ing X-rays ... Let's learn how to say to the pain, ''F**k you.' ''
After the accident - in which the actor was pushed underwater by a wave for almost a minute - Gerard had ''visceral flashbacks'' which left his mind ''in a place where [he] didn't want it to be''.