April 29, 2003

The Sun has published photos of Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon allegedly visiting son Jack at the Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena, California, where the young Osbourne is said to be being treated for an undisclosed addiction. The pair looked shocked when they came face-to-face with Jack at the private clinic. Then they cuddled and consoled him in the California sunshine during a 90-minute visit. Staff at the private clinic, which specializes in drug addiction and psychiatric care, reportedly refused to say what Jack was being treated for.

Las Encinas Hospital was founded in 1904 and became famous as being the place where legendary comic W.C. Fields died. The clinic has a team of psychiatrists, family therapists and chemical dependency counselors on call around the clock. Patients have to pay the clinic a deposit of $5,000 when they check in — plus a further $750 a night. Doctors treat people with a wide range of addictions, including drugs, alcohol and gambling. Most of their day is spent in intensive group therapy, with visits limited to two hours between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The patients are not supposed to leave the premises, but can make and receive phone calls. A member of staff said last night: "Patients come for an initial assessment, which is free. If we feel they need to be admitted, they have to pay a deposit. Then they begin a detox program, which usually lasts for seven days. We treat alcoholics and people addicted to hard drugs, including heroin. The treatment is tough, but we don't treat patients like prison inmates. It is relaxed, and there are 23 acres of grounds where they can walk around and socialize."

Jack has suffered from depression after the success of "The Osbournes" reality TV show and was put on an anti-depressant. He said in a recent interview: "You lose your anonymity. I can't enjoy myself when I go out any more. I've been hit, I've been slapped, people drive by screaming that they hate me. People think I should be this perfect role model. And I am, because this is what kids do. It's not like I'm slamming heroin."

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