Whitney Houston's back in rehab. A year after her last stint, the singer checks into the same facility for substance-abuse treatment

By Gary Susman
Updated March 24, 2005 at 05:00 AM EST
Credit: Whitney Houston: INFGoff.com

Houston, we still have a problem. A year after her last stay in a substance abuse rehab clinic, Whitney Houston is back seeking treatment, apparently at the same facility. ”Whitney Houston has reentered a facility for rehabilitation today” is all her publicist, Nancy Seltzer, said in a statement Wednesday.

Houston has acknowledged using a wide variety of drugs, notably in her notorious 2002 interview with Diane Sawyer, where she admitted using alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and prescription drugs — though not crack, because ”crack is wack.” Houston first checked herself in for an unspecified addiction last March. She checked out again after five days, but Seltzer said at the time that she was continuing treatment on an outpatient basis, accompanied everywhere by a chaperone for the next 30 days.

It was unclear how long Houston would stay this time, or whether her treatment would affect her plans to return to the studio this spring to record a new album, her first since 2002’s underwhelming Just Whitney.