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Ant McPartlin leaves rehab, discusses two-year pain killer addiction

Earlier this year, Ant McPartlin checked into rehab, explaining how a knee injury two years ago led him to become addicted to prescription pain medication.

The presenter — one half of the duo Ant & Dec — has since left the facility and is clean of all drugs other than paracetamol for the first time in three years.

Speaking candidly to The Sun, McPartlin spoke about his battle with depression and crippling drug abuse that led him to rehab.

“I was at the point where anything — prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs — I would take,” he told the publication. 

“And take them with alcohol, which is ridiculous. The doctors told me, ‘You could have killed yourself’. ”

Bafta-winning TV Presenters Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly (Getty Images)

McPartlin retold how, following a second knee operation in June, he was rushed to hospital by wife, Lisa, at 5am after bingeing on tramadol (an opioid based pain medication), morphine and alcohol.

“I was insane. It sends you crazy. It was to the point of hearing things, seeing things in the garden and still the pain was getting worse,” he said. “I was depressed through the whole thing because I was in pain and immobile.”

Following a botched operation to amend an injured knee, the I’m A Celebrity presenter was prescribed co-codamol and codeine. 

“And then a lot of opium-based stuff,” he said. “As a general rule, anything that is opium-based can be addictive.

“I would go for it first because it would make the pain disappear and kind of numb it. But then we found my pain had been caused by a hole in my knee bone — it was shot. I was moved on to tramadol, which is where the real problems started.”

McPartlin added how he didn’t realise his addiction was a problem and, despite warnings from a doctor, kept taking the medication while drinking alcohol. 

“I didn’t think how dangerous they are,” he said. “You just think you know best — I’m in more pain,…

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