Rehabbing Burt Reynolds Knew He Needed Help

Burt Reynolds

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09/17/2009 AT 2:00 PM ET

Burt Reynolds may be known for his macho roles, but the veteran leading man, who is rehabilitating from an addiction to prescription drugs, says he sought help because he couldn’t do it by himself.

“I felt that in spite of the fact I am supposedly a big tough guy, I couldn’t beat prescription drugs on my own,” Reynolds, 73, told PEOPLE Thursday. “I’ve worked hard to get off of them and really hope other people will realize they need to seek professional help, rather than ignoring the problem or trying to get off of the prescriptions on their own.


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