Yesterday, award-winning actor, producer, screenwriter and director Ben Affleck publicly stated that he recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction. In a late-night Facebook post, Affleck said that his children and his family helped provide the inspiration and motivation he needed to do the work required to get sober.
In his post, Affleck also discusses the importance of understanding that “there is no shame in getting help when you need it”; a message he wants his kids and others in his life to understand. The famed actor’s struggles with alcohol only go to show that the disease of alcoholism does not discriminate – anyone, regardless of gender, race, social or economic status, can be affected equally.
Affleck’s battle with alcoholism also underscores the fact that addiction cannot be cured; it can only be treated throughout a person’s life.
In order to be fully effective, that treatment needs to be continuous, and a former alcoholic needs a strong support network in order to make sure that minor setbacks or stressors do not precipitate a relapse. This truth is evidenced by the fact that Affleck has sought treatment before; in 2001, the actor also publicly stated that he had completed treatment for alcohol addiction.
We may never know what personal factors influenced Ben Affleck’s second struggle with alcoholism, but we do know that there are a variety of methods, programs, and principals that individuals in recovery can follow in order to lessen the chance of a serious relapse. These can include attending support group meetings, practicing the relapse prevention techniques they are taught during treatment, and joining rehab alumni support programs.
When it comes to preventing alcohol abuse and recovering from addiction, it’s impossible to overstate the importance of getting support from the people closest to you. In his post, Affleck cited his wife, Jennifer Garner, who he said, “has supported me and cared for our kids as I’ve done the work I set out to do.”
Finally, at the end of his post, the actor referenced the ongoing nature of recovery, saying that completing his treatment “was the first of many steps being taken towards a positive recovery.” At Get Treatment, we can’t emphasize enough that recovery isn’t just a one step process, it’s many little steps, each bringing the individual closer to the positive changes they want to create in their life. We commend Ben Affleck for being so open and honest with his struggle, and hope that his honesty can inspire the millions of Americans that battle alcoholism every day to get the help they so desperately need.
If you or a loved one is struggling with an alcohol addiction, help is available. Please call 855-638-9268 to speak to one of our addiction specialists and find a addiction treatment center that will help you start your journey to joy in sobriety.