Charlie Sheen's ex-wife, Brooke Mueller, has begun a new outpatient drug treatment program and will retain custody of her and the actor's twin sons, her spokesperson says, more than a week after her recent cocaine-related arrest.
Mueller, 34, has been in and out of rehab in recent years to combat substance abuse, as has Sheen, 46. On December 3, she was detained in Aspen, Colorado, for third degree assault and felony possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. She has not commented about the case and is due to appear in court on December 19.
"Recognizing past attempts at treatment have not been successful, Brooke has decided to take a different approach to deal with her addiction," her spokesperson said in a statement to OnTheRedCarpet.com on Monday, December 12.
"Brooke will be participating in a program during the day, and will be under expert supervision 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition, Brooke has requested to be tested on a daily basis for cocaine and other illegal substances so there is no doubt as to her commitment," the spokesperson added.
Sheen told the celebrity gossip website INFDaily.com last week that she was in "really good spirits" following her arrest and that he does not believe she is a drug dealer.
Sheen was himself sentenced to rehab after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault over a December 2009 confrontation with Mueller in Aspen. The two had battled over custody of their 2-year-old twin sons over the past year. They eventually reached a private agreement. He told INFDaily.com that they were "co-parenting," adding: "The kids need two parents."
Mueller's spokesperson said Sheen's ex-wife "will retain custody of her children, both of whom will continue to remain at her home and be cared for by Brooke and their longtime nanny. Charlie and Brooke's family are all fully supportive of this decision and recognize the importance of maintaining the children's normal routine."