OSBOURNE Family Spokesperson: OZZY's Son Realized He Needed Help

According to Osbourne family publicist Lisa Vega, Jack Osbourne entered a Los Angeles-area rehabilitation center for treatment of drug and alcohol abuse last week after confiding in both parents, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, that he needed help. "Not very many 17-year-olds have the wherewithal to realize that they have a problem, nor do they have the relationship with their parents that they can go to their parents and say they have a problem, and that is what occurred here," Vega told Reuters. "Sharon and Ozzy are very supportive of his decision and are very proud of him that he has the gumption to make a change."

The family went public after the syndicated TV show "Entertainment Tonight" broke the story Monday night, reporting that the teen MTV star, clad in a white patient smock, had been seen at the rehab center with his parents in what an eyewitness called "a very emotional moment" for the family.

Vega appealed to the media to maintain some modicum of respect for the very public family's privacy. "He (Jack) is trying to get his life together ... and he's not being given a chance to do that in private."

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