2019 is off to a new start for Bam Margera.
On Monday, the 39-year-old skateboarder and reality TV star announced that he’s going back to rehab. Posting an Instagram photo holding his one-year-old son, it was captioned: “Off to alcohol rehab for the 3rd time. I am hoping the term 3rd time is a charm is true.”
In a separate post, Margera thanked sober coach Bob Marier, interventionist Tim Ryan, skateboarder Johnny Schillereff, and fellow Jackass stars Johnny Knoxville, Brandon Novak, and Steve-O “for the treatment.”
Margera’s treatment admittance comes nearly one year after he was arrested for a DUI in Los Angeles. Shortly after, Bam revealed he admitted into a treatment facility in Los Angeles and joked about life inside the facility.
He noted, “Rehab privileges – having my own bathroom, I can piss and floss simultaneously, and I get to use my phone an hour a day!”
It was also reported earlier last year that Margera was sentenced to three years probation in the DUI case – the incident coming just weeks after he and his second wife Nicole Boyd welcomed their first child, son Phoenix Wolf, on December 23rd.
“He’s embarrassed by it. He’s mad at himself for being stupid,” his mother, April told Page Six in early 2018. “Now he just wants to pick up the pieces and move forward for himself and his family.”
The skateboarder noted that he remained sober for most of 2018; however relapsed in August after he was robbed at gunpoint in Cartagena, Columbia during a cab ride. At the time, Bam was seven months sober.
“I just arrived in Cartagena alone and I took a taxi – a random one – from the airport to here,” he said in a 2018 video while cracking open a cold beer. “And I couldn’t speak Spanish, they couldn’t speak English, and they translated on their phone for me to read, ‘Empty your wallet,’ as they put a gun on their lap to show it to me. So I did, and I had $500. They let me go. That was weird. Welcome to Colombia!”
Learning to Skateboard Again
Bam had previously opened up to People about learning to skateboard again after years of alcohol abuse – crediting the sport with helping him get his life on track after hitting bottom.
“I took a five-year hiatus from skating because I had bone spurs, so instead I was making money by doing nightclub appearances, which basically was shooting photos and taking shots with the locals,” he said. “So I was shitbag wasted every night, and eventually was like, ‘This has to stop.’ Once I woke up in my own puke and piss, I knew I had to cut it off.”
He added, “I just reached a point where drinking got really old. I just looked at the big picture, like, ‘What am I doing? I’m not doing anything, just sitting in a bar in Westchester cracking jokes with the locals.’ So I stopped.”
We’re rooting for you, Bam!