How Heather Locklear's family is coping with her recent hospitalization

Heather Locklear's recent hospitalization has her family worried but hopeful. 

A source tells ET that the actress' family is hoping she will finally get help following her hospitalization over the weekend. The source previously claimed Locklear was "acting erratically" and "threatened to kill herself" before the family called the police on Sunday and she was transported to a local hospital, also alleging that Locklear claimed "she was kidding around." 

"Heather needed to be taken for psych evaluation. Her family can only hope this will finally be her wake-up call," the source says. "Her family desperately wants her to check herself into a facility and get long-time care. This pattern has gone on for years and her closest people are finally using tough love."

"After Heather's arrest in February, her friends and family had high hopes she'd finally hit rock bottom and she would see that it was time to turn her life around and get real help," the source continues, adding that Locklear's family now feels she's "on a complete downward spiral." 

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Heather Locklear out and about in recent years
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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Farrah Fawcett Foundation President and CEO, Alana Stewart (L) and Heather Locklear at the Farrah Fawcett Foundation's 'Tex-Mex Fiesta' 2017 at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for the Farrah Fawcett Foundation)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Farrah Fawcett Foundation President and CEO, Alana Stewart (L) and Heather Locklear at the Farrah Fawcett Foundation's 'Tex-Mex Fiesta' 2017 at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for the Farrah Fawcett Foundation)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 16: Actress Heather Locklear arrives at the screening of 'Too Close to Home' at The Paley Center for Media on August 16, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS- CA - AUGUST 16: In this handout photo provided by Discovery, Actress Heather Locklear attends TLC 'Too Close To Home' Screening at The Paley Center for Media on August 16, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Discovery via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 10: Heather Locklear (2nd from Right) and Dr. Marc Mani (R) and guests attend Victorino Noval birthday celebration at The Vineyard Beverly Hills on October 10, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Lilly Lawrence/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 24: Actress Heather Locklear attends the opening night of 'Evita' at the Pantages Theatre on October 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 24: Actress Heather Locklear attends the opening night of 'Evita' at the Pantages Theatre on October 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LAGUNA BEACH, CA - AUGUST 24: Actress Heather Locklear attends the Acura/KOST celebrity benefit concert and pageant on August 24, 2013 in Laguna Beach, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 24: Actress Heather Locklear attends TNT's 25th anniversary party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 24, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actress Heather Locklear arrives at the 'Scary Movie V' Los Angeles premiere at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on April 11, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 12: Heather Locklear arrives at the 'This Is 40' - Los Angeles Premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on December 12, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Actress Heather Locklear attends the St. John's Health Center's Power Of Pink benefiting The Margie Petersen Breast Center at Sony Studios on November 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for St. John's Health Center)
Actress Heather Locklear arrives at the world premiere of 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1' held at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 8: Heather Locklear arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never' at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live on February 8, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
Heather Locklear arrives at 'White Trash Beautiful' by Richie Sambora and Nikki Lund at Sunset Gower Studios on March 19, 2010 in Hollywood, California.
Heather Locklear rrives at Women In Film's 2009 Crystal and Lucy Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on June 12, 2009 in Century City, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: Actress Heather Locklear arrives at the American Idol Season 8 Grand Finale held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 20, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Heather Locklear -- Air Date 12/03/2008 -- Episode 3668 -- Pictured: Actress Heather Locklear arrives for an interview on December 3, 2008 (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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The Melrose Place star was arrested in February for an incident at home involving her boyfriend, Chris Heisser. Locklear, who is facing four counts of misdemeanor battery on an officer and one charge of resisting or obstructing an officer, entered a not guilty plea in April. 

“Her family has stuck by her through all her ups and downs,” ET's source says, claiming that Locklear had been taking steps to get healthy. “Her family is hoping this is the last time." 

As for how the actress' daughter, Ava Sambora, is dealing with the drama, the source says everyone is rallying around the 20-year-old. "Heather's behavior makes things very difficult for her daughter, Ava,” the sources claims. “The entire family worries about Ava all the time."

ET has reached out to Locklear's lawyer for comment. 

Reporting by Adriane Schwartz. 

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Portrait of American actress Heather Locklear dressed in jeans and a cropped sports jersey, late 1970s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
DYANSTY - 'Reconciliation' - Airdate December 2, 1981. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) HEATHER LOCKLEAR
DYNASTY - 'The Miscarriage' - Airdate December 16, 1981. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) HEATHER LOCKLEAR
DYNASTY - Gallery October 1981. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) HEATHER LOCKLEAR
T.J. HOOKER - Heather Locklear Gallery - Shoot Date: June 18, 1982. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) HEATHER LOCKLEAR
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 2: Actress Heather Locklear poses for a Fashion/portrait Session on February 2, 1981 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 15: DYNASTY - Cast gallery - Season Two - 10/15/81, John Forsythe (Blake) and the 'Dynasty' women, from left: Linda Evans (Krystle), Pamela Bellwood (Claudia), Heather Locklear (Sammy Jo), Pamela Sue Martin (Fallon) and Joan Collins (Alexis). , (Photo by Bob D'Amico/ABC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 2: Actress Heather Locklear poses for a Fashion/portrait Session on February 2, 1981 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 2: Actress Heather Locklear poses for a Fashion/portrait Session on February 2, 1981 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 2: Actress Heather Locklear poses for a Fashion/portrait Session on February 2, 1981 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 2: Actress Heather Locklear poses for a Fashion/portrait Session on February 2, 1981 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
Heather Locklear and Tom Cruise at the Su Ling Restaurant in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Heather Locklear & Scott Baio (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Heather Locklear and Guest during Raquetball Illustrated 'Player of the Year' Gala at Don the Beachcomber in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
T.J. HOOKER - Gallery - Shoot Date: June 18, 1982. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) HEATHER LOCKLEAR
T.J. HOOKER - Cast Gallery - Shoot Date: June 28, 1982. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ADRIAN ZMED;WILLIAM SHATNER;RICHARD HERD;HEATHER LOCKLEAR
'Battle of the Network Stars' - 10/1/82 on the ABC Television Network competition 'Battle of the Network Stars'. (Photo by ABC via Getty Images) talent: HEATHER LOCKLEAR photographer: ABC credit: ABC source: American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. cap writer: JD
Heather Locklear during Party Celebrating 200th Episode of 'Melrose Place' at Garden of Eden in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Heather Locklear (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Actress Heather Locklear who appeared in Dynasty 1986. Later in TJ Hooker, Melrose Place, and Spin City.
Lead actors of the television show Melrose Place. From (L-R): Laura Leighton, Heather Locklear and Andrew Shue. (Photo by Deborah Feingold/Corbis via Getty Images)
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