David Arquette Starts New Year in Rehab

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Actor David Arquette has entered a rehab program for alcohol issues and depression, according to People magazine. A source told the magazine that Arquette is having trouble dealing with his separation from actress Courteney Cox.

The two, who have a 6-year old daughter, Coco, have remained friendly since their split in October. "I really admire David and his choice to take charge and better his life," Cox told People of Arquette's decision to enter rehab adding, "I love and support him."

The announcement follows weeks of public confessions about his separation from Cox. Arquette, 39, made several bombshell revelations on Howard Stern's radio show in the weeks before entering rehab.

"I definitely am having a nervous breakdown," Arquette said, according to Stern's website. He later said it was more mid-life crisis than nervous breakdown.

But according to US Weekly, Arquette, the star of "Scream," revealed during the one-hour chat that he was seeing a psychiatrist weekly and that "everybody is worried and concerned about me."

Arquette told Stern he recently had a revelation: "When I drink I become a maniac."

"I've been drinking a lot because I'm heartbroken," he added. "It's really a personal, traumatic thing."

Arquette said he hit bottom at a recent holiday party hosted by Adam Sandler, in which he drunkenly called Tom Cruise "Sean."

"I was a little wasted," Arquette said. "Someone says, 'Hi David!', and I said, 'Hi Sean!' Then I realized it was Tom Cruise. And his beautiful wife [Katie Holmes] was there."

Apparently Cruise was unoffended. "Tom was cool about it...I was so embarrassed," Arquette said. "I was like, 'I gotta get the f*** out of here.'"

Arquette told Stern he sobered up after the incident. "I'm definitely not drinking for a long time," he said. "When you wake up and reality hits you, it's hard."

Admitting that he's lonely, Arquette said, "I want love in my life. I need love in my life."

He said Cox, 46, "didn't want to be my mother -- but I kind of need a mother."

Arquette would also like more kids. But instead of saying he hoped to have more with Cox, he told Stern he wishes the mom could be his ex-girlfriend Drew Barrymore.

"I know she is with Justin Long and everything, but how cool would an Arquette-Barrymore child be?" he said. "From a pure breeding standpoint." .

David Arquette's Oversharing

In October, after the actor shared with Stern perhaps a bit too much about his relationship, he posted a string of messages on his Twitter account amounting to an apology:

"I went on Howard Stern yesterday to provide clarity and honesty about what I'm experiencing," Arquette wrote in a series of tweets after announcing his split with Cox. "But while doing that I shared too much...it's alright for me to be honest about my own feelings but in retrospect some of the information I provided involved others and for that I am sorry and humbled. ... I'm sure Courteney and myself will emerge from this painful time better people for what we have learned."

Arquette's tell-all left little to the imagination.

"We're not having sex, and I completely understand," Arquette told Stern about his relationship with Cox. "She's in a place of wanting to be real and emotional. She's an emotional being. She's an amazing woman. If it doesn't feel right, she doesn't feel like bonding in that way."

Arquette continued to overshare about his sex life, although it seemed as if he himself wasn't sure about the details.

"[Courteney] knows she's not f***ing me, and she's like, 'Listen, I want you to be able to do whatever you have to do,'" he said. Arquette admitted to sleeping with Waltz, whom he called "the girl in the paper," "once ... maybe twice."

He also revealed how he broke the news of the breakup to their 6-year-old daughter, Coco.

"We went to a beach and had a picnic," Arquette said. "[I] explained to her that we're grown-ups, and a lot of the time when grown-ups are growing up, they need to figure out their lives."

At the time Arquette said he hoped the separation won't end in divorce.

"We're still working it out," he told Stern. "We're being very sweet and kind to each other."

But with both parties free to move on -- Arquette told Stern that he and Cox agreed they could be intimate with other people during their separation -- reconciliation may be less than likely.

"You've got two very different kinds of people who have probably not seen eye to eye for years. After the infatuation wore off, they probably realized that," said Helen Fisher, chief scientific adviser to Chemistry.com and author of the relationship analysis tome "Why Him, Why Her?"

"She's what I call the director, he's more of a negotiator," Fisher said. "I'm not surprised that she's being practical about this, and he's being syrupy, because the director type tends to be decisive and tough-minded. She probably found that he was sleeping with someone else and she's not willing to negotiate that. She would probably rather find someone else."

David Arquette's Out-of-the-Box Past

David Arquette was born on a spiritual commune in Winchester, Va. His brother, Robert, became a transwoman and actress, Alexis, in the 1980s. His other siblings -- Patricia, Rosanna and Richmond -- are also involved in show business.

Arquette himself has long marched to the beat of his own drummer. In 2000, he literally leaped into the ring after filming the movie "Ready to Rumble," produced by World Championship Wrestling. Later that year, he became the WCW World Heavyweight Champion and inspired a parody song about his dual acting and wrestling career, "You Cannot Kill David Arquette."