Garrett Reid has spent the last week in an out-of-state drug rehabilitation program to which he was accompanied by his father, Eagles coach Andy Reid, a lawyer said in court Friday.
Garrett Reid's lawyer, Ross Weiss, said his client would be returning for an additional two weeks of inpatient therapy, followed by an outpatient program. Another lawyer for Garrett Reid, 23, said Andy Reid accompanied his son "as a parent."
The drug rehab disclosure came at Garrett Reid's arraignment on misdemeanor drug and traffic charges as the result of a Jan. 30 accident when he ran a red light in Plymouth Township and injured a 55-year-old woman. He admitted to police that he had used heroin earlier in the day.
His brother Britt, 21, is also facing criminal charges from a separate incident earlier that day.
While it was not disclosed what role Andy Reid was playing in Garrett's rehabilitation program, it is not uncommon for family members to participate in treatment programs. Andy Reid has taken a leave from the Eagles.
"We strongly promote the family in treatment," said Frank Murphy, director of psychological services at Caron Treatment Centers, which has facilities in Pennsylvania, New York and Florida.
During the program, families learn about the addiction process and recovery, he said.
At the Plymouth accident scene, drug paraphernalia, including two syringes, was found in the car and during a pat-down search of Reid. Toxicology reports found testosterone and heroin in the syringes.
Reid will be subject to random drug testing, which is already a part of his inpatient program, once he returns to Pennsylvania. That order was issued by Judge John S. Murray III in Blue Bell during Reid's arraignment by video conference from the Plymouth Township Police Department.
He was released on $25,000 unsecured bail and ordered to remain in treatment until discharged, and was told to surrender his passport.
Typically, when patients enter drug rehabilitation, they are evaluated to see whether they need help detoxing from a specific drug, said Linda Degnan, a nurse and outreach specialist with the Malvern Institute.
This would be followed by 10 to 30 days of inpatient care and then by an outpatient program.
"Generally, the thinking is it takes three months for a change of behavior" to occur, Degnan said.
She said a relapse is common, and compared addiction to a chronic illness, such as diabetes.
Experts don't see a drug relapse after treatment as a failure, Murphy said. A patient who can learn the cause behind each relapse experience can develop skills to deal with the issues that arise, Murphy said.
Many treatment centers try to individualize therapy as much as possible. Some centers, such as Caron Treatment Centers and Seabrook House in New Jersey, now offer programs specifically for the young adult male.
If convicted on all charges, Garrett Reid faces more than $40,000 in fines, 10 years in jail, and a six-month loss of his driver's license. He could also have to take highway safety classes, and undergo continued drug and alcohol treatment.
Britt Reid, who was involved in a road rage incident, waived his preliminary hearing today.
He faces a felony charge of carrying a firearm without a license as well as misdemeanor charges of lying to authorities, simple assault, making terroristic threats, and possessing a controlled substance.