Brooke Mueller to Leave Rehab and Reunite With Children — Should She Still Have Custody? (VIDEO)
On Dec. 10, Charlie Sheen’s ex-wife, Brooke Mueller, reportedly entered a rehab facility for her 19th time. The latest trip to rehab follows a hospitalization last week for what her rep initially described as ”exhaustion and dehydration.”
Mueller’s attorney, Yale Galanter, has since acknowledged that the star is battling an addiction to Adderall, often used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy.
“Brooke was uncomfortable with the way Adderall was making her behave,” Galanter said in an interview on Dec. 11.
Mueller remains on probation in Utah for felony drug possession stemming from a cocaine bust in Dec. 2011.
So, what should happen next? Celebuzz turned to HLN Evening Express anchor, Ryan Smith, to weigh in.
“The key is to focus on rehab,” says Smith. “The most important aspect in her life should be her kids and she can’t be there for them unless she gets her life in order.”
Mueller will be leaving rehab to reunite with her 3-year-old twin boys — who have been under the care of Sheen’s other ex-wife Denise Richards — just in time for the holidays.
“She will be out of treatment on Sunday,” Mueller’s assistant, Mallory Knighton, told E! Online. “She is doing very well.”
Should Mueller lose custody of the kids?
The L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services reportedly searched Mueller’s house for six hours and talked to the twin boys, Bob and Max, but the search didn’t turn up anything of substance.
“I’m the last person that wants to take children away from their mother, but in this case, yes. She’s not protecting or advancing these children by continuing to use substances that can harm her,” says Smith. “It’s tough to say who the kids would be better off with. Whether it’s Brooke Mueller or Charlie Sheen, I know they both have their issues, I would like somebody to jump in to make sure that despite everything that’s going on with them that the kids are safe.”
“The kids come number one because that’s what really matters.”