Wolfgang Gartner has opened up about his struggles with substance abuse in a public statement. The American DJ/producer has shared that he will spend the next month in a drug rehabilitation and treatment facility, prompting him to clear his immediate tour schedule.
In the letter, Wolfgang Gartner (real name Joseph Thomas Youngman) shared that following a 2002 rehab stint, he had remained sober for eight years. He would fall into periods of sporadic drug and alcohol use thereafter, with the past six months marking an especially pronounced spell of problematic use.
"It's embarrassing for me to admit that this will be the second time I've gone to rehab, albeit separated by almost 20 years, but I wanted to put this out there so people know why the gigs I booked for the next month will be canceled and why I'll be off the grid as well...and also partly why I've been mostly off the grid for a while now," Youngman wrote. "I'm not looking forward to the next month because rehab is generally not a fun place to be, but I'm really looking forward to getting better and getting my life back."
EDM.com wishes Wolfgang Gartner a speedy recovery, and we encourage anyone suffering from problematic use to take the necessary steps towards improving their health.