Atlanta based rapper Gucci Mane has allegedly checked himself nto a 28-day drug rehabilitation center in Riverdale, GA.
According to Ozone Mag, a fellow member attending the narcotics anonymous group took the anonymity out of it when they let details surrounding Gucci Mane’s high pressure admittance into the rehab center:
Turns out Narcotics Anonymous isn’t so anonymous after all. An NA attendee tells OZONE that their regularly scheduled meeting last night was interrupted by a nearly hour-long standoff outside the facility at Riverwoods Psychiatric Center in Riverdale, GA (on the south side of Atlanta). Reportedly, members of Gucci Mane’s entourage – including his manager and lawyer – pleaded with the rapper to get help, causing quite a scene outside the hospital. His lawyer constantly reminded him that rehabilitation was the only alternative to facing more jail time and ultimately Gucci relented, turning himself in for a 28-day program around 8 PM on October 14th.
Drug troubles have followed the rapper for some time, beginning with a 2001 arrest for cocaine which landed him 90 days behind bars. Subsequently, in 2005, after beating a murder charge in court Gucci was put on probation for an assault against a nightclub promoter, which was revoked in 2008 for, among other things, testing positive for marijuana and cocaine, leaving Gucci Mane serving another six month stint in jail.
Upon his release from jail in May 2009, the rapper promised in an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he changed his ways:
“I have made some mistakes in my life that have hurt a lot of people who care about me. I have worked very hard to get past them, but those mistakes have brought me to where I am today, and they will not be repeated. These past six months have been a difficult time, but fortunately I have learned a great deal from my experience. I was able to do a great deal of soul searching; I am coming out with a new attitude towards life…I was forced to miss what should have been one of the proudest moments in my life. This is something that I will make sure never happens again. My time in jail was trying, but I grew from it and am now a stronger and better person. I want to continue on a positive track and truly focus on being a role model to my fans and my community.”