Former teen idol Leif Garrett has voluntarily checked into a strict live-in drug rehabilitation program to "make sure he doesn't fall off the wagon," his attorney said Thursday.
Garrett, 44, told a Superior Court commissioner Thursday he needed more help than what he was getting at an outpatient treatment program. The decision came after the actor-singer failed a recent drug test, said attorney Andrew Flier.
Garrett agreed to enter the outpatient program for violating probation in a cocaine case stemming from a 2004 arrest.
A warrant for Garrett's arrest had been issued in December after he failed to appear in court for a status report on his progress in the less stringent program.
Garrett was charged with felony possession of heroin last month after officers stopped him for allegedly trying to ride a Los Angeles subway train without a ticket and said they found suspected narcotics. Garrett has pleaded not guilty in that case.
Commissioner Melissa Widdifield told Garrett that despite the positive drug tests he deserves credit for entering the live-in program and attending required meetings and counseling sessions. She ordered him to return to court March 9 for another progress hearing.
The former teen idol has appeared in dozens of films, mostly in the 1970s and 1980s, and released 10 music albums.