By now you know that Ben Affleck is back in rehab. In fact, it’d be almost impossible not to know considering the many breathless media reports. But contrary to countless headlines, there’s no need for such alarm. People relapse. It happens. Even to people as accomplished as Ben Affleck.
One might think that someone as winning as Ben Affleck wouldn’t be struggling with anything. That thought would be wrong. Addiction is a chronic disease. And an addict is an addict forever. Whether or not you’re an Academy Award-winning movie star.
That’s why there are rehabs. Affleck knows this. And he’s addressed it too. Just check this March 2017 Facebook post.
“I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I've dealt with in the past and will continue to confront.”
There you have it. Affleck knew he needed addiction treatment, so he got it. Affleck also know he’ll need to battle his addictions for as long as he lives.
There’s no harm in either admission. And there’s certainly no need for alarm.
“I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be,” he continued. “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.”
No, it’s not the first time Affleck had come to terms with his addiction, or sought recovery. While Affleck last completed rehab in 2017, his addiction treatment dates back to at least 2001, when pal Charlie Sheen drove him to a Malibu recovery facility where he underwent a 30 day stint.
Of course, his alcohol abuse likely goes back much further than that. Affleck’s father Timothy is also an alcoholic. He’s reportedly been sober for decades though. And like truly sober alcoholics, dad’s quick to accept his role in his son’s drinking.
“I was a chronic, severe alcoholic for several years,” Papa Affleck told Grazia back in February 2018. “I had to recover and, happily, I did.”
Dad’s also an addiction counsellor. Or he was anyway. And both facts bode well for son Ben. After all, without strong sober support few addicts and alcoholics can make it through to true sobriety.
And Dad Affleck says his son is committed to true sobriety.
“Ben has always been serious about getting sober. There is no question about that. He wants a balanced life and he is working at it.”
We at Recovery Boot Camp are glad Ben Affleck is back in rehab getting the help he needs. And we applaud the Hollywood heavyweight’s courage and commitment. Seeking addiction treatment ain’t easy, for anyone. Admitting we are powerless over our addictions can be even harder, especially for the most powerful among us.
Again though, there’s no need for alarm. As we noted in Relapse Doesn’t Mean an End to Recovery, alcohol relapse rates range from 30%-70%, depending on an individual’s risk factors. And Affleck’s risk factors are considerable. Heck, life in the harsh glare of the unforgiving spotlight alone exponentially increases his risk of relapse.
But that doesn’t mean Affleck can’t get clean. Nor does it mean he can’t stay sober. Affleck pulled it off back in 2001. And he pulled it off again just last year. Just because Ben Affleck is back in rehab, doesn’t mean he won’t pull it off a third time. Let’s hope this time is indeed the requisite charm.
Good luck, Ben!