Affleck: I’m a recovering alcoholic

Jujemay G. Awit

BEN Affleck revealed in a Facebook post that he has completed a treatment for alcoholism, which he thinks would be a lesson to his three children.

“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.

“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,” he also said of estranged wife Jennifer Garner.

Affleck and Garner separated in 2015 after 11 years together. The divorce was never finalized and there were even reports that Garner is calling off the proceedings.

After just four hours of posting, Affleck’s message had amassed 87,000 likes, 5,500 shares and close to 5,000 replies from well-wishers, some from those battling the same demons.

Debby Steeno wrote: “Four years sober Monday. Every day is a challenge but the fog will clear and you will understand you are stronger sober than you ever were drinking.”

Some replies were from loved ones of alcoholics like Jaimie Miller, who wrote: “My husband and I have gone through this. My husband has conquered his alcohol and other addictions. It is definitely possible.”

“One day at a time Ben Affleck! Stay Boston Strong! I went through it many years ago with my dad,” said Barbara Decarli.

The 44-year-old actor and father of three admitted in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in 2012 that his father was an alcoholic.

In 2001, Affleck went to rehab for alcoholism.

“I went to rehab for being 29 and partying too much and not having a lot of boundaries. It was more a ‘let me get myself straight,’ before it became a rite of passage,” Affleck said about his first rehab stint.