Ben Affleck revealed on March 14 that he recently completed a stint in rehab for alcohol addiction so that he could ‘live life to the fullest and be the best father [he] can be.’ Get the details here.
Ben Affleck, 44, announced on March 14 that he had finished a stint in rehab for alcohol addiction. The actor revealed the news via a Facebook post in which he explained how he is, “luck to have the love of [his] family” during this difficult time.
“This is a positive step for him, he wanted to do this,” a source close to Ben told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “There wasn’t one thing that pushed him over the edge but this is something he has been working on. This is going to be an ongoing thing for him, he is very invested in his health and he is trying to get healthy.”
Ben entered into a rehab facility shortly after the 2017 Academy Awards on Feb. 26 (during which he presented an award with best buddy Matt Damon, 46), sources told TMZ. The Fargo actor explained in his statement on Facebook that he made the decision to go to rehab because he had once again developed problems with alcohol abuse. Ben has previously sought treatment for alcohol addiction, spending time at the facility Promises in Malibu in 2001.
Ben’s announcement comes amid reports that he and wife Jennifer Garner, 44, were reconciling and that the Dallas Buyers Club actress was actually calling off their divorce, though TMZ‘s sources are shutting down those rumors. Whether he and Jen, who share three children — Violet, 11, Seraphina, 8, and Samuel, 5 — are reconciling or not, he seemed very intent on thanking her for her help during this rough period. “I’m lucky to have the love of my family and friends, including my co-parent, Jen, who has supported me and cared for our kids as I’ve done the work I’ve set out to do,” Ben wrote in his Facebook post.
The actor also made it clear in his statement that he intends on being a role model for those who struggle with addiction. “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,” Ben wrote.
We wish Ben the best of luck in getting all the help he needs, and our thoughts and prayers are with Ben, Jen and their children during this difficult time.
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