Sentenced to Rehab

  1. These celebrities were ordered to rehab to avoid prison time:

    Former '70s heartthrob Leif Garrett was as shaky as a leaf when he appeared in a Los Angeles drug court Jan. 20, 2006, and agreed to enter rehab to avoid prison for heroin possession charges. The onetime teen idol was arrested in a subway station not far from where teen actor Brad Renfro had been picked up weeks earlier for allegedly trying to buy heroin from an undercover officer.

    "Black Hawk Down" actor Tom Sizemore was ordered into drug treatment rather than prison after pleading guilty in October 2005 to possession of methamphetamine. But a host of other problems plagues his recovery, including a conviction for abusing his former girlfriend, ex-Hollywood madame Heidi Fleiss. He was also found in violation of probation on drug charges for falsifying urine tests. A judge sentenced Sizemore to three years probation after the actor tearfully admitted he used methamphetamine in Jan. 2006.

    Rocker Courtney Love may have been facing three criminal cases at one time, but the former Hole singer avoided the possibility of prison by cutting a deal and entering 18 months of court-ordered rehab instead. In July 2005, a judge praised Love for her progress. Many stars have been given a similar prescription for sobriety, but while some also fared well, others couldn't stay on the wagon.

    A jury convicted Winona Ryder in November 2002 of grand theft and felony vandalism for a shoplifting spree in a Beverly Hills Saks Fifth Avenue. But when it came time to mete out a sentence, the judge took into account the prescription pain killers she had on her at the time of her arrest. As part of her sentence, which included community service and a $10,000 fine, the "Edward Scissorhands" actress was ordered to undergo drug and psychological counseling.

    Former New York Yankee Darryl Strawberry had been in and out of drug rehab centers after numerous cocaine-related arrests, but he ultimately went from pinstripes to a prison uniform. Strawberry was thrown out of one rehab center for breaking a rule prohibiting sex among residents. He was released from prison in April 2003 after serving 11 months.

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  2. The daughter of singer Lionel Richie, the former "Simple Life" star and Paris Hilton crony, was arrested for possession of heroin in 2003. Though she missed one court appearance to tape the first season of the reality show, Richie was sentenced to probation and ordered to complete a drug diverson program.

    He has admitted to spending more than $50,000 on prostitutes, and he has dated two porn stars, one of whom accused him of abuse. But that's not all that has fed Charlie Sheen's bad-boy image. His abuse of drugs and alcohol led to an overdose in 1998, and he was arrested the following year for driving under the influence. The charges forced him into rehab to avoid prison, but it seems to have done the trick. Sheen's been clean and sober since.

    An abuser of cocaine and alcohol, Kelsey Grammer of "Frasier" and "Cheers" fame flipped his Dodge Viper in 1987 while under the influence. He was put under house arrest, given probation and ordered to complete rehab. Now drug-free, Grammer says it was Hollywood that initially turned him on to drugs.

    In 1985, singer David Crosby was convicted of drugs and weapons charges in Texas and allowed to enter a drug rehab clinic instead of prison. But when he fled rehab, there was no second chance. The judge put Crosby behind bars, where the singer served a year. That conviction was later overturned on appeal, but nearly two decades later a New York City hotel reported finding Crosby's suitcase containing marijuana and a handgun. Crosby paid a fine in June 2004 in connection with that incident.

    Comedian and sitcom actor Andy Dick's brush with the law began when he crashed his car into a utility pole in Los Angeles in 2001. After Dick's unsuccessful attempt to flee the scene, police recovered marijuana and cocaine in his car. He was arrested for drug possession and DUI, but later pleaded no contest in exchange for a deal in which he would undergo two years of rehab. When he completed the program, the charges were officially expunged. In May 2004, he was arrested in a pot bust at a music festival.
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  3. Arguably the poster child of celebrity battles with drugs, Robert Downey Jr. has admittedly had trouble kicking his habits despite numerous arrests and even a stint in prison "It's like I've got a shotgun in my mouth and my finger on the trigger, and I like the taste of gunmetal," he said during one court appearance. But since undergoing court-ordered rehab in 2002, Downey seems to have gotten his life back in order, prompting a judge to release him from his probation earlier than expected.