July 27th, 2010
02:29 PM ET
The upcoming season of VH1's “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” has added another star to its ranks: Julia Roberts’ older brother, Eric.
Roberts, 54, is turning to Dr. Drew Pinsky because of his marijuana use. “Eric is incredibly health- and body-conscious, and has realized the need to take this step to improve his overall well-being,” a representative for the actor told CNN in a statement.
“Being a celebrity in rehab is ultimately celebrity rehab even in a private setting, so Eric is interested in using this opportunity to make a statement on his belief that marijuana is indeed an addictive drug,” the statement went on.
The actor’s wife, Eliza, told E! News that while Roberts quit alcohol and drugs in 1995, he still has a lingering interest in marijuana.
Although Roberts uses the drug to treat anxiety – with a prescription, his wife notes – “a dependency is still a dependency, and he doesn’t want to be dependent on it anymore,” she told E!. "He decided to go there because that's where Dr. Drew is. Eric had never seen the show, but [he's] aware of Dr. Drew, and his approach and his positive energy and all of that, and that's something that Eric really wanted for himself."
Eric, she said, did weigh his decision to do "Celebrity Rehab" very heavily, because "he really didn’t want any negative effect on anyone in the family. He is greatly concerned about that."
You can catch the “Runaway Train” star, along with Jeremy London, supermodel Janice Dickinson, Jason Wahler of “The Hills” and alleged Tiger Woods mistress Rachel Uchitel, when the new season of “Celebrity Rehab” kicks off later this year.
Younger sis Julia will have her own moment in the spotlight when “Eat, Pray, Love” debuts in theaters August 13.
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