Ben Affleck Faces Relapse: His Journey to Sobriety
Hollywood powerhouse Ben Affleck made headlines in March when he revealed his decision to pursue addiction treatment for his ongoing issues with alcoholism.
Today, he’s made headlines once again—this time, for his willingness to accept help throughout his continued journey of sobriety. According to PEOPLE and sources close to the star, Affleck reached out to his estranged wife Jennifer Garner and his brother Casey Affleck after suffering a relapse in September.
As for Garner, she has stood by Affleck publicly in his mission to get treatment and work on his recovery. Their divorce has not been finalized; the two share three children.
At the time he elected to attend treatment, Affleck posted a candid Facebook update about his struggles, stating that, “I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be. I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it, and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step.”
Throughout his time in the spotlight, Affleck has remained at the center of media conversation. His alcohol abuse was first made public in 2001 after a stint in rehab.
Relapse, and Remaining Honest
As Affleck’s relapse has come to light, it is important to remember that reaching out for help in the face of continued struggles will make all the difference in sustaining long-term sobriety.
Many who suffer from substance use disorder suffer from a relapse throughout the course of their recovery. Acknowledging a need for help is the first step in getting back on track.
Addiction is a chronic disease, and each individual’s experience in sobriety is different. We arrive at sobriety in a way that works for our personal needs and that will serve us on our own journey, and for some, that may involve continued addiction treatment.
We applaud Affleck for his willingness to accept help, and acknowledge his family’s efforts to guide him on the path to success.