Former Buffy The Vampire Slayer actor Nicholas Brendon has checked into rehab to seek treatment for depression, alcoholism and substance abuse problems.
The 44-year-old actor, who appeared as Xander Harris in all but one of Buffy The Vampire Slayer‘s 144 episodes between 1997 and 2003, has been arrested three times since October on suspicion of various offences including malicious injury to property, grand theft and criminal mischief.
A post on his Facebook page written yesterday (June 1) by his representative reads: “Earlier today, with the support of his professional team, his friends, and his family, Nicky entered a rehabilitation facility in California to treat his depression, alcoholism, and substance abuse problems. He’s taking the steps necessary to better his health and give himself, and his fans, the gift of a healthy lifestyle.
“He has been aware of his problems for some time – and with each new challenge, he gained a greater understanding of what needed to be done to overcome these obstacles and move forward with his life,” the post continues. “Since his arrest last October, Nicky had tried several treatment methods – from therapy, to outpatient services – only to realise recently that he needed to take an extended break and treat the underlying issues of his illnesses.”
The post goes on to explain that Brendon plans to return to public engagements “in late summer after he has successfully completed his treatment program”. Since 2007, the actor has had a recurring role on US police drama series Criminal Minds, appearing in 21 episodes to date. He has also made guest appearances in Private Practice, Faking It and Without A Trace.