Ben Affleck announced on his Facebook page on Tuesday that he has completed “treatment for alcohol addiction.”
The Oscar winner said that addiction is something he has “dealt with in the past and will continue to confront.”
In early January, photos of a bedraggled-looking Affleck surfaced in which he was accompanied by an unidentified woman. The New York Post later reported that the woman was Elizabeth Weaver, the founder of Concierge Nursing Care, which specializes in “24-hour medical in-house detox support” and sober companionship for those in recovery.
Affleck, 44, did not say in his Facebook post where or when he completed his treatment. The actor-writer-director went to rehab in 2001 for “being 29 and partying too much and not having a lot of boundaries and to clear my head and try to get some idea of who I wanted to be,” he later told the Hollywood Reporter.
The Cambridge-bred Affleck attributed his recent decision to get help to wanting to live “life to the fullest and be the best father I can be.”
Affleck and his wife, Jennifer Garner, 44, have three children, Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel. After a decade of marriage, the couple announced their separation two years ago, but have often been photographed since then spending time together with their children. In just the past week, the couple reportedly put the brakes on their divorce proceedings.
“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,” Affleck wrote. “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.
“This was the first of many steps being taken towards a positive recovery.”
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