We at Recovery Boot Camp are happy to present a Ben Affleck Rehab Update. And this comes courtesy of the Argonaut himself:
"This week I completed a forty day stint at a treatment center for alcohol addiction," Affleck posted to his Instagram account on Thursday. "And [I] remain in outpatient care."
If the 370,000+ Likes that accompanied the star's post are any indication, we aren't the only ones who are happy with the Ben Affleck rehab update. We aren't the only ones taken by what the update indicates either. And that includes Ben.
"The support I've received from my family, colleagues and fans means more to me than I can say," he continued. "It's given me strength and support to speak about my illness with others."
Strength and support, of course, are incredibly important to anyone afflicted with addiction, from the first stage of the fight, through the ongoing battle itself. Speaking out about addiction requires even more strength and support, especially for someone in the public eye. Thank Zeus, Affleck has that strength and support.
"So many people have reached out on social media and spoken about their own journeys with addiction," continues Affleck. "To those people, I want to say thank you. Your strength is inspiring and supporting me in ways I didn't think was possible. It helps to know I'm not alone."
No addict is alone, whether they've got four million Instagram followers or not. Why? Because no matter who you know -- or who knows you -- every addict has a loved one somewhere. Indeed, it pays to remember, the good fight is worth fighting -- for you and for them. Got doubts? Then ask Ben:
"I am fighting for myself and my family," reads the Instagram.
Equally important is that every addict knows there are other addicts out there, fighting the same fight, with the same weapons, and winning. And that the fight for your life lasts a lifetime.
"Battling addiction is a lifelong and difficult struggle," Affleck continues. "Because of that one is never really in or out of treatment. It is a full-time commitment."
Indeed again. And as we reported back in August after Affleck entered rehab for the third time, lifelong means lifelong. No two ways about it. Nevertheless, relapse isn't an end-all. And seeking addiction treatment isn't a sign of weakness either. In fact, it's quite the contrary. Something even gentle Ben has to keep bearing in mind.
"I have to remind myself, if you have a problem, getting help is a sign of courage, not weakness or failure."
Yes, addicts need to be ever mindful. Addicts also need to be humble. And, like all addicts, Affleck knows there can be no humility without gratitude.
"With acceptance and humility I continue to avail myself with the help of so many people," he concludes. "And I am grateful to all those who are there for me. I hope down the road I can offer an example to others who are struggling."
Down the road? Heck, Ben, you're an example to others right this minute. And with the courage you've shown -- and continue to show -- you'll remain an example to everyone struggling with the disease of addiction. We may not all have your superstar status, but with a little luck and a whole lotta humility, we may be able to achieve the same state of grace.
Meantime thanks for giving us a chance to provide such a hopeful Ben Affleck rehab update.