Justin Bieber's dizzying downward spiral over the last year has apparently unnerved his inner circle. TMZ says they've been trying to talk him into rehab for months but he's "scoffed at the idea [and] won't have a conversation about it and insists he doesn't need it."
But in the wake of the popster's arrest on Thursday, they've purportedly switched tactics and are now urging him to return to Los Angeles to begin therapy pronto.
The most pressing problem they want Bieber, 19, to tackle is his use of substances "and the underlying issues that have caused it." Seems his camp believes his troubles are two-fold: unresolved difficulties from his formative years and the whole rich-star-whose-every-whim-is-granted thing.
"Everyone around him is urging him to seek help," a source tells E! News, with another adding, "There is massive concern right now. The concern is, 'We have to figure this out. We have to fix this and do whatever it takes.' They think the problem is the people he is hanging out with. He has some issues to work on."
According to TMZ, Justin hasn't "rejected the notion of therapy and is willing to have the discussion when he returns to L.A."
As for whether the courts could order the Biebs into rehab, the chances are slim, although if his recent egging kerfuffle turns into a felony rap, a trip to treatment could be part of a plea deal.
Justin, who was reportedly "crying his eyes out" in jail, was still in Miami on Thursday night. The London Daily Mail claims he refused to take a waiting private jet back to Los Angeles because he didn't want to face his management team.
He was spotted hanging with his dad, Jeremy, who supposedly helped block off the residential street where his son was busted on suspicion of drag-racing in a Lamborghini.
Papa Bieber, for his part, feels his public-endangering offspring is being unfairly targeted.
"I can protect my kids, but I can't protect them from you and your lies," he tweeted on Friday. "Believe in the truth not in the lies of the enemy. #reallife."
Click on for more photos of Justin's Miami misadventure …
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