Ben Affleck Announces Completion of Rehab for Alcoholism


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This week, Ben Affleck turned to social media as he revealed a stint in rehab to his fans. The longtime star, who burst into instant fame with 1997’s Good Will Hunting, wrote: “I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction.”

However, anyone who battles addiction knows that it is a struggle that never sleeps, and relapses are common—especially for stars under intense pressure. Affleck’s statement concedes as much, calling his alcoholism “something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront.”

This trip to rehab was not Affleck’s first; he similarly checked in to a rehab facility all the way back in 2001. At the time, Affleck said he “went to rehab for being 29 and partying too much and not having a lot of boundaries.” He called his decision to enter rehab in 2001 a “pre-emptive strike,” given the family’s history of alcoholism.

That family history includes Affleck’s bartender father, a point his younger brother Casey made while discussing his recent film Manchester by the Sea. Casey went so far as to credit his father’s alcoholism, and his own experience dealing with it in Ala-teen, as important factors that led to his subsequent success as an actor.

Ben’s revelation may offer some explanation for his recent decision to step down as director of the widely-anticipated upcoming film The Batman. Although he’s stepped down as director of The Batman, Affleck will continue acting in his role as the caped crusader; the official reason for scaling back his responsibilities is his assertion that he “cannot do both jobs to the level they require.”

His first public appearance in months came at the Oscars, as Affleck watched his younger brother Casey take home Best Actor for Manchester by the Sea-a film that, ironically, practically uses alcoholism as scenery for its minimalist plot.

For Ben, the support structure around him—which includes separated wife Jennifer Garner—is the most important tool he has to manage his sobriety. In the statement, he called himself “lucky to have the love of my family and friends, including my co-parent, Jen.”

Fans are rooting for both Afflecks as they wrestle the ghosts of their family’s addictions, and we hope with Ben that this was “the first of many steps being taken towards a positive recovery.”