On December 16th, 2017, actor Ben Affleck returned to a rehab facility in a renewed effort to battle his alcohol addiction. The Justice League actor began receiving treatment for substance abuse in 2001, and he has struggled with addiction over the years.
Affleck completed a substance abuse program in early 2017, but has redoubled his efforts and has been spotted in several Los Angeles area substance abuse centers as of late. Last March, Affleck released a letter on social media announcing he was undergoing treatment.
“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,” Affleck said in a Facebook post.
“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.”
Sources close to Affleck say that he acknowledges alcoholism is a disease he knows he’ll have to treat for the rest of his life. These sources claim Affleck’s priority is to focus on his family and spending time with his girlfriend, Lindsay Shookus. His team has helped him to establish a support system for treatment in Los Angeles, and he’s included several different treatment centers in his regimen.
Although Affleck had begun treatment in early 2017, it is believed that he reached a “breaking point” in September of that year. A US Magazine source claims that Affleck was ‘unhappy’ and ‘spiraling’ at the time. That prompted Affleck’s younger brother, actor Casey Affleck, to find him a 30-day treatment program in northern Los Angeles. After completing that program, Affleck has been seen at outpatient facilities