Aaron Carter Entering Facility to Improve Health and Wellness: 'Only I Can Change My Life'
By Liz Calvario
Aaron Carter is seeking help.
"Aaron has decided to enter a facility to improve his health and work on his overall wellness," a rep for the 29-year-old singer tells ET. "He is going to do this privately and focus all his attention on being the best person and performer possible. He is grateful for the support and love from his fans and looks forward to coming back stronger than ever before."
Following the news, Carter also took to Twitter to address his fans.
"Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me," the "I Want Candy" singer tweeted.
"He begins his treatment immediately," a source close to the singer tells ET exclusively.
"It was his decision [to check into the facility]. He wasn’t required to go or forced to go. It was 100 percent his decision. Ultimately, what led to the decision was that he saw the impact his health was having on his life, both personally and professionally, and he couldn’t pretend these problems weren’t affecting his life," the source says.
"Aaron’s decision has been on the table for a little while. Various people close to him have been encouraging him," the source adds. "Those closest to Aaron, including his family members, fully support him in this decision."
ET has also learned that the facility Carter is checking into is much more of a wellness center that helps people deal with anxiety, stress and eating disorders, among other things.
"There were many people that recognized Aaron’s potential, what he could do, if he just got back on track,” the source continues. "They put it on the table for him and said 'make a choice' and fortunately he made the right choice."
Earlier this month, Carter appeared on The Doctors -- the episode was filmed in August -- where he broke down in tears talking about his gaunt appearance and personal health. The musician also took a drug test, where he tested negative for both cocaine and meth. Though, Dr. Travis Stork did note that the combination of drugs that the singer did test positive for weren’t necessarily safe. "THC aka marijuana was positive," Stork said. "Benzodiazepines, Xanax, for instance...positive, it was also positive for opiates, hydrocodone."
“What scares me about that drug panel is that your sister [Leslie] perished from a drug overdose,” Stork also told Carter. “You have a mixture of benzodiazepines with opiates, which is how many people accidentally can die. These medications -- and I’m speaking now purely from the doctor’s perspective -- can be very, very scary.”
Carter noted that he takes those medications for his extreme stress and anxiety, but that he is trying to find other methods of dealing with his emotional problems. Following his appearance on the medical show, the singer was recommended to the Alo House in Malibu, California, to receive rehab treatment for his prescription medication use. At the time, Carter hadn't made a decision to seek additional help.