Published Jan 20, 2014Industrial metal trailblazer and Ministry leader Al Jourgensen announced over the weekend that he will check himself into a rehab program to combat his alcohol addiction.
The news came through the musician's Facebook on Saturday (January 18), with Jourgensen expressing that while he's been able to overcome substance addiction in the past, he's currently struggling and will enter rehab on February 3.
"Kicked dope and crack by myself...but I need help on this one....so all your thoughts and prayers are more than welcome," he wrote in the post.
The admission also thanks his family for their support, and notes that "My sobriety will not and I repeat not knock off my sarcasm...if anything....it will intensify."
Last night, Ministry's 13th Planet imprint weighed in on the situation, confirming that Jourgensen will indeed enter a treatment facility to overcome his addiction.
The label wrote:
Uncle Al has made the decision to go to rehab to address his alcohol issues. We were really trying to keep this a private family affair and not a media frenzy; however, your crazy Uncle Al posted about it yesterday on his FB page, so now it's out. Of course we always want to let Ministry fans be the first to know about things, but this got away from us. We hope that you will join us and the entire 13th Planet family in wishing Al the very best and giving him your full support in his journey towards sobriety. We are all very, very proud of him.
Jourgensen has faced a number of health issues over the years, from nearly losing an arm to a spider bite in 2003 and losing a toe in 2009 to near-death experience in 2010 as the result of a ruptured ulcer. These incidents and his well-documented, decades-long period of drug use were chronicled in his recent biography, Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen.