Margera family addresses ‘Free Bam’ movement in new treatment + recovery statement

The family of Jackass old Bam Margera have issued a new statement showing their concern about the “Free Bam” movement, which they say is jeopardizing Bam’s sobriety.

Those who have followed the stunt artist’s journey are aware of his problems with drug and alcohol abuse. Earlier this year, Bam completed a 12-month treatment program. During this time he also has settled a lawsuit against Jackass forever movie after he was released for not complying with a contract prohibiting drug use. In May Margera left the treatment facility and things seemed to be looking positive as he shared photos marking the one-year anniversary and happy pictures with his wife and son.

But in early June, Margera broke his wrist in a nasty tumble in a skatepark. A few weeks later in June, Margera was reported missing after leaving a rehabilitation facility. Police officers were able to make contact with Bam after he left his court-ordered rehab stay. At the end of June, it was announced that the Margera family had held a crisis intervention for Bam after he was found at a nearby hotel. The 42-year-old reportedly agreed to go to a new rehab facility shortly after the procedure.

But in the time since, there has been speculation via social media that Jackass star had been placed in a conservatorship, leading to “Free Bam” messages out of concern that he was being ordered to do things against his will.

The Margera family addressed the “Free Bam” movement in a new social media post. They revealed, “Bam is currently undergoing treatment and we are helping him with his social media while he focuses on his recovery. We are his family who love and communicate with him to collaborate on his content and updates. With much appreciation We thank his former health care provider, @limafromaura, for all she has contributed. Thank you all for your support during this wild ride. With Heart – The Margera Family.”

Additionally, they offered a multi-slide statement via Instagram, going into more detail about Bam’s current treatment and clarifying who makes decisions regarding his health care and treatment. Their post reads as follows:

It’s no secret that Bam has struggled with mental health and addiction. You’ve watched Bam grow up and supported him through his ups and downs. Our family has let you into the chaos that is our home, and we want nothing more than to continue this journey together.

The ‘Free Bam’ movement has created confusion and threat to Bam and our families. Although we love to share our lives with you, some things need to be handled privately, and treatment is one of them. Recovery is difficult and even more so under public scrutiny.

Despite rumours, Bam has never been in a conservatory, but rather a temporary health care guardian for reasons not shared with the public. If Bam chooses to speak to this, he will do so when he is ready. ‘Free Bam’ theorists have called for his to leave treatment despite their lack of knowledge of the details, his health and well-being.

We ask that you respect the process and our family. As our extended family, we ask that you support Bam in his recovery, stay on track, and wish him the best of luck with his sobriety.

with heart,

The Margera family

If you or someone you know is struggling with drug and/or alcohol addiction, there is help available Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration website. To speak with someone on the phone, call 1-800-622-HELP (1-800-622-4357) or text 1-800-487-4889.

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