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Heather Locklear Reportedly Checks Into Rehab, Is 'Tearing Up Her Family'

One anonymous source claims Heather Locklear has been in rehab “more than 20 times, perhaps 25 times.”

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt
Heather Locklear

Heather Locklear has reportedly checked into a rehab facility.

The 57-year-old actress, who has been in rehab a number of times in recent years, checked into an in-patient facility two weeks ago, PEOPLE reports, citing anonymous sources close to the star.

“She went back to the place she left before Christmas. She had left for three days right before Christmas and never gone back,” the source said.

Locklear checked into a facility last year after a mental breakdown in November, when she was placed under a psychiatric hold, according to PEOPLE reports. She left the facility voluntarily in December, reportedly in order to spend time with her loved ones for Christmas for a few days, but the actress never returned. She instead opted for out-patient rehab, with her parents moving in to help her adjust, says the outlet.

However, before returning to rehab again, Locklear had been “continuing to drink,” which has been a source of stress for her family, the source told PEOPLE.

“Her issue is alcohol, pills, and her mental health. She doesn’t want anybody to hold her accountable. She has no job, nothing to keep her accountable. This has been tearing up her family. It’s been an ongoing issue for many many years. It has been horrible for Ava,” they explained, referencing the actress’ 21-year-old daughter she shares with ex-husband Richie Sambora.

The source added that, although Locklear’s loved ones are “hopeful that this time will be different,” they are worried because the actress has been to rehab “more than 20 times, perhaps 25 times.”

Locklear has not commented publicly on the news. When contacted by PEOPLE, her former representatives report they no longer communicate with her, and told Page Six the same.

Another anonymous source, this one speaking to Access, reports that the prognosis isn’t favorable, with Locklear continuing “to drink and abuse the people around her.”

“She doesn’t seem to be making any kind of progress,” they said.

The “Melrose Place” star has been at the center of a string of violent incidents, arrests, and hospitalizations over the years, and was accused of assaulting a police officer and verbally abusing an EMT last year.