The talented actor has been in and out of rehab since 2005
It was a shock when Jonathan Rhys Meyers was hospitalized on Tuesday due to a relapse – but the talented actor’s troubles are nothing new.
Dating back to early 2005, the Tudors star, 33, has bounced in and out of rehab and been arrested or detained for several drunken brawls.
In 2007, almost six months after his second trip to rehab, the first of Meyers’s public violent tirades got him in trouble with the law. After demonstrating erratic, abusive behavior at the Dublin, Ireland, airport, the actor was arrested and released shortly thereafter.
Meyers’s lawyer apologized on behalf of the star less than a month later for his “unacceptable and out of character” actions, which were later determined to be alcohol-related. But two and a half years later, Meyers faced a case of déjé vu.
After allegedly punching a Charles De Gaulle airport lounge employee while drunk in 2009, Meyers was detained by French police. Handcuffed and placed in custody, the actor remained in a sober lock-up area for three hours before being released.
Following that run-in with the law, Meyers stayed out of headlines until a year later when he reportedly had yet another airport altercation. The actor was allegedly reprimanded for using the ‘N’ word and displaying drunk and disorderly conduct at New York’s JFK airport while boarding a flight to L.A.
Shortly thereafter, he was headed back to rehab again.
“He just really wants to get better,” a source close to the actor told PEOPLE at the time. “This has been an ongoing battle for him.”
Meyers, who was born with a serious heart problem, has consistently experienced bumps in the road. Expelled from high school at 16 for truancy, the actor lost his mom to illness in 2007 when she was only 50.
“Accidental overdoses are on the rise, and deaths due to overdoses have increased significantly in the last 10 years,” Dr. David Sack, M.D., CEO of Promises Treatment Centers, explains to PEOPLE. “This change is due to the epidemic abuse of prescription narcotics which are highly lethal when combined with alcohol or other drugs.”
Adds Sack, “to recover, an individual has to believe they have a problem. The fact that Rhys Meyers was trying to send away the ambulance suggests he didn’t recognize the seriousness of the problem and that he was still hoping to conceal it. If on reflection he decides to re-engage in treatment, his prognosis could be very good. There are many examples of celebrities who recover with treatment after failing repeatedly.”