Trace Adkins Enters Rehab Facility

Celebrity Apprentice Winner Seeks Treatment for Alcoholism

Trace Adkins entered an alcohol rehab treatment facility Wednesday (Jan. 15) after leaving a country music cruise that includes stops in Jamaica and Mexico.

“Trace has entered a treatment facility after a setback in his battle with alcoholism,” his New York-based publicist said in a written statement. “As he faces these issues head-on, we ask that his family’s privacy will be respected.”

Adkins was scheduled to perform during the cruise which departed Sunday (Jan. 12) from Miami. According to the cruise’s website, the talent lineup also includes Montgomery Gentry, Wynonna, Love and Theft, Frankie Ballard , Craig Morgan, Neal McCoy and Lonestar, among others.

In 2001, he was arrested in Nolensville, Tenn., and charged with speeding, DUI and violating the open container law. He later pleaded guilty to the DUI charge and was fined $350 and sentenced to 11 months and 29 days. The sentence was suspended after Adkins served 48 hours in jail.

Since then, the Louisiana native has frequently spoken publicly about his alcoholism, including a 2010 interview with Chelsea Lately talk show host Chelsea Handler.

Since emerging with his debut single “There’s a Girl in Texas” in 1996, Adkins’ No. 1 hits include “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing,” “Ladies Love Country Boys” and “You’re Gonna Miss This.” His last No. 1 single was 2009′s “Hillbilly Bone,” a duet with Blake Shelton that won a CMA award for musical event of the year.

Late last year, he released a Celtic-themed Christmas album, The King’s Gift, and followed it up with a holiday tour.

As an actor, his film roles include appearances in An American Carol and The Lincoln Lawyer. He gained a wider audience as winner of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice.