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Olympic gold medallist Grant Hackett is seeking treatment in a US rehab centre for an addiction to the prescription drug Stilnox.
The former swimming star left for the US yesterday, just days after he was found wearing a singlet around his waist in Melbourne’s Crown Casino while apparently searching for his four-year-old child.
The 1500m freestyle champion, who said he was “deeply embarrassed” and ashamed about the incident, is now seeking help after a meeting with his family.
It is understood Hackett, 33, flew to the Gold Coast to see his family, including his parents Margaret and Neville, his brother Craig and his wife Nicole, and manager Chris White, before the decision was made to seek professional help overseas.
A spokesman for Hackett told the Herald Sun Hackett was “currently in transit to seek treatment for a dependency to Stilnox medication.