Troubled TV star Andrew O’Keefe has shared his daily routine in rehab, which involves telling himself he’s a ‘good man’ in the mirror every morning.
The former game show host then makes his little single bed and gets some exercise before sharing a hearty breakfast of chicken, broccoli and eggs with the other guests.
The 50-year-old spends his days doing chores around the 24-hour Global Connect Recovery Center and attending counseling sessions and anonymous alcohol or drug meetings.
O’Keefe was released on bail by the NSW Supreme Court last week on the condition that he remain in the 24-hour drug rehabilitation center for at least six months.
Andrew O’Keefe (pictured in March 2019) shared his daily routine while at rehab, which includes telling himself he’s a ‘good man’ in the mirror every morning
Located next to Swan Bay on the central coast of New South Wales, Connect Global has a “generous space filled with nature offering a swimming pool, tennis courts, half a basketball court, fishing, biking and various other indoor and outdoor activities”.
The former Seven Network presenter – who was dumped by the network last year after a series of alleged incidents – was charged with assault and choking in January.
NSW Police say O’Keefe grabbed a 38-year-old woman by the throat, pushed her to the ground and punched and kicked her in her Sydney CBD unit.
He denied all charges except drug possession and claimed to have acted in self-defense.
If O’Keefe leaves or is evicted from the Swan Bay facility in Port Stephens on the NSW north coast, he must surrender to the police.
The facility is led by Pastor Ross Pene, a member of C3 Spectrum Church in Anna Bay and the Longriders Christian Motorcycle Club.
It features a five-step process to help men get their lives back on track: manhood, fatherhood, workplace, family, and community.
A week after the court-ordered program, O’Keefe told the The telegraph of the day he believed that the traditional values of the establishment were important to modern men.
Fishing is a popular activity among Global Connect participants
Global Connect participants compete in a ping-pong contest
He told the publication that “guys are missing these days” and said that although it was his tenth attempt at rehab, something felt different this time around.
‘It’s a very different place. It’s really a holistic view of his place in the world,” he said.
“That is, you address addictions and behavioral issues, but you do so in a way that is very focused on being a helpful member of family and community.”
O’Keefe acknowledged that a big part of achieving those values was staying drug-free, having personally struggled with ice cream, cannabis and cocaine abuse in the past.
He said the facility helped him form a positive view of himself in society and wonder how he related to his family and loved ones.
The former TV host was charged in January 2022 with a host of offences; two counts of intentionally choking a person, three of common assault, and assault causing actual bodily harm
Pastor Pene told the publication that O’Keefe is “doing well” and feels grateful to be at Global Connect, where he pays $700 a fortnight to stay in his cabin.
He encourages men to say to themselves every morning, “You are a good man and you are going to have a great day and who can I help with my daily routine today”.
Last week, O’Keefe agreed to be taken by his brother Phillip to the facility, where he can play tennis, go fishing and lift weights as he recovers from a drug addiction .
Until this week, the 50-year-old was held in a two by three meter cell at Silverwater Correctional Complex in Sydney’s west.
Andrew O’Keefe (pictured) was released on bail by the NSW Supreme Court to attend a rehabilitation center for up to 12 months to combat his long-standing drug addiction
Global Connect has 19 participants at a time, who follow a personalized recovery program, but can also indulge in a wide range of recreational activities.
It has “a generous space filled with nature offering a swimming pool, tennis courts, half a basketball court, fishing, biking, and various other indoor and outdoor activities.”
Footage from inside the center shows men fishing, playing table tennis and hitting the gym between helping renovate cabins on site or doing odd jobs in the grounds.
O’Keefe’s next hearing is scheduled for June 20.
In June last year, he avoided a conviction on domestic violence charges after they were dealt with under New South Wales mental health law.
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