Ant McPartlin speaks out for FIRST time since leaving rehab

Ant Mc Partlin says he nearly died following drugs and alcohol binges

Ant Mc Partlin says he nearly died following drugs and alcohol binges

Ant has spent two months in intense rehab after admitting her is a prescription drug addict.

Ant, 41, told The Sun on Sunday: "Dec came around and he kind of knew it was at the point where I needed help".

Ant has been battling his condition for over two years, after an operation on his knee left feeling in constant pain.

Ant was not diagnosed as an alcoholic although he admitted he has taken a break from the booze and he plans to go without for a little longer, but that he is looking forward to having a pint - even joking about the upcoming series of I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here.

McPartlin retold how, following a second knee operation in June, he was rushed to hospital by wife, Lisa, at 5am after bingeing on tramadol (an opioid based pain medication), morphine and alcohol.

Ant continued telling The Sun: "I was insane".

"That's something to look forward to but I have to get well first". It sends you insane.

"It was five in the morning and I was screaming in pain so I rang Lisa". "It was to the point of hearing things, seeing things in the garden and still the pain was getting worse".

He admits despite warnings on the packet he "didn't take them as seriously as I should have".

The star said he was "depressed through the whole thing" because he was in pain and immobile.

He would visit different private doctors to get more tramadol prescribed, and recalled one occasion on Saturday Night Takeaway when he and Dec were performing with Take That.

"I knew there was a dance routine involved".

"From the old lady who lies about her Valium supply to someone like me who was necking tramadol to the point of psychosis, in the end it's the same thing".

After undergoing surgery following the show's final, McPartlin said he was "just done", adding: "it was horrendous".

"We had an hour's conversation then I packed my bag and I went".

"I'm lucky because I have the means to do that".

Before leaving for rehab, he added: "Lisa and Dec gave me a bit of a send-off from mine".

'I'm very sorry about the effect it has on partners.

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