The Scottish actor enrolled at the Betty Ford Center in California back in February (12) after developing a dependence on pain pills following a surfing accident on the set of his movie Chasing Mavericks.
Butler spent several weeks in treatment and now admits he learned a lot from the experience, including how to manage pain properly.
He tells Men’s Journal magazine, “Maybe a stronger person wouldn’t have needed to go… When you hear the word rehab, you think, ‘He’s a mess, he’s f**ked up.’ But I’m glad I did it. I’ve made a s**t load of wrong decisions in my life. But I know I’ve made some right ones as well.
“I was actually taking a minimal amount (of pills) when I went in. It was more about becoming a mental warrior and not letting pain bother you. The (instructor) would say, ‘I don’t want to hear about your f**king MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging scan) or your f**king X-rays… Let’s learn how to say to the pain, ‘F**k you’… They really do rip you apart… You get rid of a bunch of s**t, realise a bunch more s**t, and you make a plan.”
However, Butler reveals he was angered by speculation suggesting he had gone to rehab to deal with a drink problem because he has been sober for many years.
He adds, “I haven’t had a drink in 15 years.”