Former University of Kentucky and NBA basketball star Rex Chapman has begun a 28-day substance-abuse treatment program at The Brook Hospital in Louisville, WDRB reported.
Sources told the Louisville television station that Chapman is determined to break a reliance on suboxone, a medication prescribed to help patients stop using opioid-based pain medication.
Chapman was arrested Sept. 19 for allegedly shoplifting $14,000 worth of merchandise from an Apple store in Scottsdale, Ariz., and then selling the items at a pawn shop.
Police said Chapman made it appear he was using the store's self-checkout, but left without paying.
Chapman faces nine counts of organized retail theft and five counts of trafficking in stolen property, all felonies.
Nicknamed King Rex, Chapman was a high school sensation for Apollo High School in Owensboro. He led UK during the 1986-87 and 1987-88 seasons by scoring 1,073 points before leaving for the NBA. He was inducted into UK's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.
Chapman was a first-round draft pick of Charlotte in 1988. He also played for Washington, Miami and Phoenix in a 12-year NBA career that ended in 2000.