February 03, 2006 08:00 AM

Onetime actor-singer Leif Garrett voluntarily checked into a strict live-in drug rehabilitation program to “make sure he doesn’t fall off the wagon,” says his attorney.

The former teen heartthrob, now 44, told a Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner Thursday that he required more help than he was receiving at an outpatient treatment program, reports the Associated Press. That decision was reached after Garrett failed a recent drug test, said attorney Andrew Flier.

Garrett agreed to enter the outpatient program for violating probation in a cocaine case stemming from a 2004 arrest. Last month, in a separate case, he was charged with felony possession of heroin after officers stopped him for allegedly trying to ride a Los Angeles subway train without a ticket.

Police in that case say they found suspected narcotics on Garrett, who has pleaded not guilty to the drug charge.

Commissioner Melissa Widdifield told Garrett that despite the positive drug tests he deserves credit for entering the live-in program and attending required meetings and counseling sessions. She ordered him to return to court March 9 for another progress hearing.

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