Former 'Howard Stern' regular to Artie Lange: 'Please save your life'

Artie Lange has a cheerleader in longtime friend and fellow former "Howard Stern Show" guest Dominic Barbara.

The two used to regularly appear on the program together, but both succumbed to drug abuse and addiction over the years. On Tuesday, Lange was arrested for skipping a court date related to a May arrest, during which he was driving erratically in New Jersey with a bag of heroin on his lap. Two days later, Barbara is attempting to reach out to his friend of two decades.

In an open letter published on Page Six, Barbara offers to fund treatment for Lange, 50, at the rehab program in which he's currently enrolled: "If you want to come, I will come get you and pay all your costs. Please save your life. You have a lot of people who love you. Dominic."

Artie Lange's booking photo, December 2017 (Getty)

Lange's infamous falling out with Howard Stern himself culminated in 2009, when he appeared on the show strung out on heroin and fell asleep on air.

Earlier this year, Lange confirmed that he and Stern have definitely not made amends. "We hate each other's guts. It had a terrible ending," he said in February, adding that in rehab, "you know, they tell you, you lose friends."

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Artie Lange of the Howard Stern Show during K-Rock Claus-Fest 2003 - Day Two at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by David Pomponio/FilmMagic)
Artie Lange during The 10th Annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival - Day One at St. Regis Hotel in Aspen, Colorado, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Artie Lange during Howard Stern Last Day Live Event - Arrivals at Hard Rock Cafe Times Square in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for Sirius Satellite Radio)
Artie Lange during Artie Lange Sighting at The Borgata - November 17, 2006 at The Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
Ralph Macchio, Artie Lange, Cara Buono, Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky (Photo by Robin Platzer/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS - JUNE 17: Actor/writer Artie Lange poses for a portrait during the 'CineVegas Film Festival' on June 17, 2006 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images for CineVegas)
Artie Lange during First Annual Spike TV's Guys Choice - Arrivals at Radford Studios in Studio City, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Artie Lange during Jamie Foxx Launches 'The Foxxhole' Channel - January 23, 2007 at Sirius Satellite Radio Station in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jason Kempin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - JUNE 06: Radio personality Artie Lange attends a taping of the 'Late Show With David Letterman' at the Ed Sullivan Theater June 06, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 25: Artie Lange attends a signing of 'Too Fat To Fish' at Barnes & Noble on November 25, 2008 in Philadelphia. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 05: Radio personality Artie Lange visits the 'Late Show with David Letterman' at the Ed Sullivan Theater on November 5, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Artie Lange perfoms at the Borgata Event Center Borgata Hotel Casino Atlantic City New Jersey February 16, 2008 (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - JUNE 27: Comedian, actor and radio personality Artie Lange (C) asks a question of contestant Roxanne Martinez, (R) while Tan Ngo looks on during a taping of 'A Search For The Next Miss Howard TV' at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on June 27, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 905 -- Pictured: (l-r) Artie Lange with host Jimmy Fallon during an interview on October 4, 2013-- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Artie Lange attends Meet the Author at the Apple Store Soho on November 19, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - Emmy Award-nominated 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight (11:35 p.m. - 12:41 a.m., ET), packed with hilarious comedy bits and features a diverse lineup of guests including celebrities, athletes, musicians, comedians and humorous human interest subjects. The guests for MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4 included actor Chris Hemsworth ('Thor: The Dark World'), comedian Artie Lange (book 'Crash and Burn') and musical guest Jane's Addiction. (Photo by Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) ARTIE LANGE, JIMMY KIMMEL
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: Actor/Comedian Artie Lange seen in the East Village on October 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Comedian Artie Lange performs during the Christmas Without Tears New York Concert at BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building on December 1, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/Getty Images)
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - FEBRUARY 05: Comedian Artie Lange hosts Super Bowl Weekend Party With Artie Lange at The Stress Factory Comedy Club on February 5, 2016 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by the Essex County Sheriff, Comedian and radio personality Artie Lange poses for his mugshot after being arrested for failing to appear in court on December 12, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. Lang's court date originated from charges from an arrest in May. (Photo by Essex County Sheriff via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Artie Lange attends 'Gilbert' during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theatre on April 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
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During the same interview, Lange described himself as "a guy who overcame and is doing well."

However, fans began to wonder over the course of the year if Lange was truly out of the woods. He hasn't posted an Instagram since August, but in early December, he posted a selfie on Twitter that concerned at least one person enough to contact the police. New Jersey authorities checked in on the comedian, who later clarified online that he was "fine": "I'm so sorry I made [the police] deal with unimportant crap."

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Howard Stern impersonator, Stewart Brodian poses at the 69 presentation during MADE Fashion Week September 2016 at Milk Studios on September 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 24: Beth Ostrosky Stern and husband Howard Stern pose at the opening night arrivals for 'Bright Star' on Broadway at The Cort Theatre on March 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 19: Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky Stern are seen in Midtown on June 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 24: Howard Stern and Beth Stern attends the Broadway Opening Night Performance of 'Bright Star' at the Cort Theatre on March 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Howard Stern attends the 2015 North Shore Animal League America Gala at The Pierre Hotel on November 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 08: TV/Radio personality Howard Stern arrives at the 'America's Got Talent' Season 10 red carpet event at Dolby Theatre on April 8, 2015 in Hollywood, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 22: Howard Stern attends 'America's Got Talent' Red Carpet Event held at the Dolby Theater on April 22, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 20: Howard Stern attends Season 9 of America's Got Talent auditions at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on February 20, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Howard Stern speaks onstage at 'Howard Stern's Birthday Bash' presented by SiriusXM, produced by Howard Stern Productions at Hammerstein Ballroom on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Robin Quivers and Howard Stern attend 'Howard Stern's Birthday Bash' presented by SiriusXM, produced by Howard Stern Productions at Hammerstein Ballroom on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky Stern attend 'Howard Stern's Birthday Bash' presented by SiriusXM, produced by Howard Stern Productions at Hammerstein Ballroom on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
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