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Artie Lange is heading back to rehab after he was sentenced to four years probation over drug possession charges earlier this year, RadarOnline.com has learned.
Howard Stern‘s former sidekick appeared on New Jersey’s 101.5 radio show, where he admitted to once again needing help.
“I’m about to go to drug treatment and commit to a full rehab — inpatient,” Lange, 50, admitted. “I don’t know. I’m a very humble guy at this point. And I think I’m ready to go and do what I got to do. It’s been long enough.”
During the interview, the troubled comic appeared disheveled with a bloody nose.
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Lange explained he wants to get sober once and for all in honor of his late friend and fellow comedian, Mitch Hedberg, who died of a heroin overdose in 2005.
“When I heard he died, I had such guilt…I should’ve grabbed him and said, ‘Let’s go to the hospital right now. Lets get detoxed and get better right now,” Lange continued.
“Mitch was the kind of guy that openly said he was so far gone with shooting heroin, that he goes ‘Guys, don’t try to help me, I want to do heroin til I die.’”
Lange insisted he wanted to seek help before getting to the point of no return.
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On Monday, he took to Twitter to alert fans.
“I’m about to take a big step to help myself. To save my life.” Lange wrote.
As Radar previously reported, the judge who sentenced Lange to probation in the spring claimed he would not get another chance.
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“You pose the biggest risk to yourself,” the judge told Lange after his sentencing. “One of your doctors said that if you relapse again, you’re basically going to kill yourself.”
“I hope you take this sentence seriously and do what you need to do — not only for you but for your family, who depend upon you,” she said. “This is your one chance.”
Lange has struggled with drug addiction for decades, and has spent countless stints in rehab.
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