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Aaron Carter Opens Up About Addiction Struggles, And How Treatment Ultimately Changed His Life

By Jonna Ivin-Patton

Singer and actor Aaron Carter, who first came on the scene in the '90s as the younger brother Nick Carter of The Backstreet Boys, admits that his life has been chaotic in the past few years. He's had a history of arrests, as well as rumors around his severe weight loss. Carter now says that in September he checked himself into Alo House, a Malibu California rehabilitation center that markets itself as a "premiere" treatment program. Alo House was co-founded by Bob Forrest, who rose to fame on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Pinsky. 

Carter says of his experience: 

I definitely felt like I hit a rock bottom personally and emotionally. I started getting really stressed out about things like my relationship or the expectations people had for me, and then I just stopped eating. That’s when I thought ‘This is a time for me to really go take some time and do some self-healing.'

While in rehab, Carter managed to gain 45 pounds and says he is now much happier:

It’s amazing to see what happened when I just took some time off for myself, looked around and found ways to appreciate life. I’ve seen a huge change in myself and my attitude and my demeanor and my morale. It’s beautiful.

Now the singer is putting his energy back into his music and the positive influences in his life. He recently released a new album titled LøVë.  It's his first project in over 15 years and Carter is remaining grateful and taking responsibility for his life, saying: 

I’m happy that I came out on the other side. I was a very happy baby growing up. [Now] I just want to have fun, be healthy — mind, body, soul, emotions … all of those things, and really be responsible for my own actions too.