On Tuesday, Hollywood A-lister Ben Affleck announced he has taken the first step in beating alcohol addiction by completing treatment at a rehab facility.
This is “the first of many steps being taken towards a positive recovery,” said Affleck, 44, who also sought help for alcohol abuse in 2001 after his star rose in Hollywood when he and Matt Damon won Academy Awards for screenwriting the smash hit “Good Will Hunting.”
Affleck shares three young children with actress and estranged wife Jennifer Garner. A source told “Live by Night:” “[He] did this for himself and his family. Family will always come first.”
“Ben has struggled with alcohol for years and it’s a struggle that millions of people have to battle every day. He has nothing to hide and wants his kids to know that he did everything he could to be a better father. That’s why he announced it himself.”
In a 2012 interview, Affleck told The Hollywood Reporter he knew how difficult it was to have an alcoholic in the family and what it can do to children.
Speaking of his father, Affleck stated, “When one’s parent is an alcoholic, it’s hard. It was a little scary and trying, but then he got sober when I was twentysomething, and he’s been sober ever since.”
The two-time Academy Award winner took to Facebook to announce his journey:
“I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront.
“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.
“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 set out to do.”
Affleck was last seen in public on Feb. 26 when he attended the Oscars ceremony. According to “Entertainment Tonight,” he was accompanied by a “sober coach” to ensure he wouldn’t drink.
H/T: Daily Mail
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