Artie Lange's worst nightmare just became a grave reality.
RadarOnline.com has learned the shamed comic has been ordered into an intense six-month drug court program.
According to the Essex County Prosecutor, Lange, 51, began the program this March, after his move to a halfway house.
"This program is going to force him to get clean," an insider close to the funnyman told Radar. "He has no choice. This is possibly the best thing that could've happened to him."
Following his arrest on January 31, Lange was dismissed from the drug court program he was initially supposed to attend in Hudson County, New Jersey. Instead, he was forced into a one-month outpatient rehab program following a four-day jail detox.
An insider close to the troubled comedian told Radar he preferred prison time to the drug court program, where he will be randomly drug tested and kept “under intensive supervision.”
“He knows he won’t survive drug court,” the source said. “So he’s going to party as much as he can until he gets thrown in jail or a year-long rehab.”
Radar readers know that during Lange’s last hearing before the new year, he tested positive for cocaine. After his relapse, friends worried he was close to death.
"He's in self-destruction mode," the insider revealed at the time.
A court hearing will be set following Lange's completion of the drug program. He is expected to remain at the sober house until August.