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Gail Porter checks herself into rehab for three months

Gail Porter is determined to beat her depression and addiction to alcohol by checking in to a South African rehab centre for three months.

It’s not the first time the mother-of-one has turned to rehab, but this time she is determined to conquer her demons once and for all.

She told a British newspaper: ‘I’m terrified. I’m scared to death. But I also think this is the happiest I’ve ever been.

‘I think the best thing I could do to get me out of the state I’m in. The truth is I do think, ‘someone, please look after me, if only for a minute.’

”But if I felt stronger, then I would look after myself. Wanting to be stronger is one of my reasons for going into rehab in Cape Town.

Another reason will be her nine-year-old daughter, Honey, who is the only person Gail has been allowed to communicate with.

She said: ”I just told her that Mummy is not feeling well. But she knows. She’s nine and she’s not stupid. And at least we will be able to talk on Skype.” Toploader’s Dan Hipgrave, Gail”s ex-husband, is looking after the couple’s child while she is away.

Last year, the former television presenter accidentally overdosed on painkillers and was sectioned under the Mental Health Act following her admission to hospital.

But she was quick to say that the overdose was not an attempt to commit suicide.

She said: ”I wouldn’t, in a million years, try to kill myself. I took an accidental overdose of painkillers, then called the doctors myself.

”I was very depressed, I was trying to sleep but I didn’t want to kill myself. That’s why I called the doctor and told him that I’d taken too many painkillers, and ended up in hospital.”

Daniel Gerrard, FamilyInterventionist and Founder of, helped check Gail into hospital.

The aftercare progam, according to Daniel, includes ‘bespoke intensive counselling, daily interaction with me, AA meetings and a variety of holistic pursuits.’

He said: ”I have no doubt in my mind Gail will recover from this deadly illness providing she adheres to the Addiction Helper treatment plan. The plan helps her slowly integrate back into her life over the next 12 months.

”I am so proud of Gail and her continuing perseverance to recover, Gail has agreed to the terms of our treatment plan and is 100 per cent committed. I do say this with conviction as we unfortunately see every day the countless people who die from addictions and alcoholism.”

Closer online Wednesday 01 August 2012