Scott Disick checked into a Costa Rican rehab facility today — but ‘In Touch’ can exclusively reveal that it’s not his first time getting treated at this center.
‘In Touch’ has exclusively learned that the reality star quietly checked himself into the Rythmia Life Advancement Center in Costa Rica in February. "Scott was here last month,” confirms Charles Johnston, director of addiction treatment at Rythmia, in the new issue of ‘In Touch,’ on newsstands now.
‘In Touch’ has also exclusively learned that the program Scott signed up for treats substance abuse with a controversial drug called Ibogaine, which has been banned in America. “He wanted a quick fix and thought the center in Costa Rica offered that,” a friend tells ‘In Touch.’ “Scott was told he needed to spend just one week there and take Ibogaine three times for it to be effective. But he only took it once, then flew home” and resumed his partying.
“It’s just getting him to the place where he’s ready to give up that lifestyle and hopefully that will happen soon,” Johnston tells ‘In Touch,’ confirming Scott was a patient.
Scott arriving in Costa Rica with the CEO of RLAC. (Photo Credit: MMKpr)
“It produces hallucinations similar to LSD,” explains Dr. Gregory Smith, an addiction specialist who hasn’t counseled Scott, but has spent time studying Ibogaine. “Some people have committed suicide after taking it, while others reported that their cravings for illicit drugs and alcohol disappeared while they were on it.” Joe Schrank, founder of the NYC sober-living facility Loft 107, has even stronger feelings about it. “It’s snake oil — nothing more than a frat-boy excuse to trip in the woods. It can have a placebo effect, but it’s not a cure or a solution.”
Scott’s partying has only gotten worse in recent days. During his 10-city U.K. club tour that kicked off on Feb. 26, he was seen drinking wine straight from the bottle in Manchester and downing vodka in London.
In a statement released by the facility earlier today, Kourtney Kardashian’s baby daddy explained, “I realized my issues are bigger than me and I’m ready to truly remedy this struggle as I continue to battle.”
For more all the details inside Scott’s addiction, pick up the new issue of ‘In Touch Weekly’ — on stands now.