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Scott Weiland passes drug progress report. Judge warns him that he'll have to go back to live-in rehab if he falls off the wagon again

For Scott Weiland, staying clear of drugs for five months is a sign of marked progress. So said a Pasadena judge on Monday, giving the former Stone Temple Pilots singer a positive review for staying clean since his May 17 arrest on drug possession charges. Judge Colette Serio said that Weiland had completed most of the drug testing and counseling requirements since his August no-contest plea to the two felony charges stemming from his May drug bust, Reuters reports. But the judge also warned him that, ''if you have any other positive tests you will have to go back to residential treatment.''

The 36-year-old singer, who has a long history of drug arrests and treatment for heroin and cocaine addictions, said outside the courtroom that he believed he would stay on the wagon this time. ''Sometimes God offers you circumstances that sort of fall in your lap that you thought wouldn't happen,'' he said. ''Getting busted spurred my desire to seriously get back into recovery,'' he said, adding that his court-ordered counseling ''got me reinvigorated about going back to [Alcoholics Anonymous] meetings.'' Also on track, he told Reuters, was his album with his new band, Velvet Revolver (whose musicians include Slash and other former members of Guns n' Roses), which Weiland said would be released in February. His next court-ordered progress report is in January.

Originally posted Oct 21, 2003
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