LeBron James failing in the clutch, salt eating up arteries, the Lakers still walking around Downtown Dallas looking for their smiles many things in life still remain common place. Whitney Houston struggling with addiction of any kind can also be chalked up to things in life remaining common, although this one may be a little tough to swallow.

“The singer, 47, who has struggled with substance abuse in the past, has recently entered an out-patient treatment program.

‘Whitney Houston is currently in an out-patient rehab program for drug and alcohol treatment,” her rep tells PEOPLE in a statement. “Whitney voluntarily entered the program to support her long-standing recovery process.’”

For the longest of times, we’ve made jokes about Whitney’s struggles but we’ve also become optimistic of a return after she dropped a comeback album. Despite shaky performances, Whitney was trying to bring herself back to where she once was. As someone who has seen what addicted does to a person first hand, I hope Whitney comes through this clean. Then again, I’m also a realist and couldn’t tell you what may possibly happen to America’s former Sweetheart.

[via People]