Fans Send Messages Of Support To John Mulaney After He Checks Into Rehab

Former Saturday Night Live writer and comedian John Mulaney has checked into rehab, People reports. The 38-year-old is seeking treatment following a relapse with a decades-long battle with addiction.

The comedian has been open about his sobriety journey with fans, and now, they're returning the love by sending messages of support on social media.

*The New York Post's* "Page Six" was the first publication to break the news.

The comedian has long been open with fans about his addiction struggles, revealing he started drinking at the age of 13.

Speaking with Esquire, Mulaney revealed he "drank for attention."

"I was really outgoing, and then at 12, I wasn't. I didn't know how to act. And then I was drinking, and I was hilarious again."

He went on to explain that he'd never enjoyed smoking marijuana, but he "loved" cocaine and other prescription drugs.

"I wasn't a good athlete, so maybe it was some young male thing of 'This is the physical feat I can do. Three Vicodin and a tequila and I'm still standing,'" he revealed. "Who's the athlete now?"

Mulaney first got sober at the age of 23 without professional help.

In his 2012 comedy special New in Town, the 38-year-old talked about his sobriety, saying it often surprises people when they learn he doesn't drink.

"I don't drink. I used to drink, then I drank too much, and I had to stop. That surprises a lot of audiences because I don't look like someone who used to do anything."

Since the news of the comedian's relapse, fans have taken to social media to send messages of support.

"Damn. Really rooting for John Mulaney's recovery, and for everybody who has struggled with addiction/sobriety during this awful, alienating year," tweeted @morninggloria.

"Much love to John Mulaney and anyone else struggling with addiction right now. There is hope and there is help. Please don't feel embarrassed asking for it. It's a disease like anything else and there are tools and steps to make you feel better. We need you healthy and well," echoed @molly_knight.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, contact the SAMHSA substance abuse helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.

h/t: People.