Ant McPartlin, the 42-year-old co-presenter of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! has announced that he will not be returning to TV work until 2019.

Ants decision not to return to work, following his stint in rehab, will bring a huge sigh of relief to his numerous fans and no doubt his family and friends also.

PCP has been following Ant McPartlin’s journey. We experience first hand the damage that addiction can cause to sufferers, families, partners and even innocent members of the public – through our alcohol and drug rehab clinics.

Ant McPartlin and new girlfriend

Ant is enjoying his much needed time out of the limelight with his new girlfriend and dog.

Untreated alcohol addiction leads to serious consequences

Ant McPartlin hit media headlines only a matter months ago following his drink driving conviction for a multi-vehicle collision.

The widely publicised event revealed that sadly Ant had relapsed on alcohol and drugs following a short rehab stint for alcohol and tramadol addiction (a synthetic opiate painkiller)

McPartlin was found to be twice the legal drink-drive limit; following a guilty plea he consequently received a record-breaking £86,000 fine and a 20 months ban from driving. Since then Ant has taken a step back from his TV work and commitments

McPartlin cuts short his alcohol rehab programme

PCP was very concerned for Ant when it was revealed that he cut short his second admission to alcohol rehab. We feared that this could lead him back to addiction if he did not take substantial time off, out of the public eye, to concentrate on his recovery and receive further addiction treatment help.

Thankfully, that seems to be the case at present. It is rarely a good idea to return straight to a pressured and stressful environment following intensive detoxification and drug rehabilitation. The early days of alcohol and drug recovery are when an individual is at their most vulnerable and at great risk of relapse.

Support is invaluable during recovery from addiction

McPartlin confirmed that he has cancelled work commitments until next year; he stated: “My recovery is going very well and for that to continue having spoken to Dec and ITV, I have made the decision to take the rest of the year off. I’d like to thank both Dec and ITV for their continued support and I look forward to getting back to work in the new year.”

It is great to hear that Ant is stepping out of the limelight and that he is receiving much-needed support from family, friends and his employers.

Saturday Night Takeaway postponed until 2019

Declan Donnelly, McPartlin’s best friend and co-presenter confirmed that he fully supports Ants decision and that Saturday Night Takeaway will return when Ant is ready for work. Donnelly said: “Whilst I am obviously sad at the thought of being without my best friend in Australia this year, I am proud of the work Ant has been doing privately and I am fully supportive of his decision. I’m looking forward to us both being reunited on screen in 2019.”

Caroline Flack is favourite to take Ants place in I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

The dynamic TV duo also stated: “they will instead bring the show back (Saturday Night Takeaway) in 2020, bigger and better than ever”.

Recovery from addiction is possible

For any individual who is struggling with alcohol addiction or drug addiction, we wish to reassure you that recovery IS possible.

PCP specialised in the treatment of addiction throughout our exemplary CQC registered treatment centres in easily accessible locations throughout the UK. We offer affordable and extremely effective detox and rehabilitation for all manner of addictions. We suggest a minimum of 3 months inpatient in order to gain the solid foundations of recovery, required for ongoing recovery and growth to continue.

We sincerely hope that Ant continues on his journey in recovery and continues to work on himself. We wish him all the best for the future.

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