Ben Affleck Speaks Out After Completing Rehab Program

By Bryan Le 10/08/18

The Justice League star told fans on social media he just finished a 40-day rehab program.

Ben Affleck

Actor Ben Affleck took to Instagram on Thursday to tell fans that he’s just finished a 40-day treatment program for alcohol addiction.

“This week I completed a forty-day stay at a treatment center for alcohol addiction and remain in outpatient care,” he wrote on Instagram.

He credited family, friends and fans for providing the support he needed to complete his treatment program and being able to speak about it publicly.

“The support I have received from my family, colleagues and fans means more to me than I can say,” he said in his post. “It’s given me the strength and support to speak about my illness with others.”

Affleck said that while his family is a major source of strength for his ongoing recovery, the support of fans also helps to push him through.

“So many people have reached out on social media and spoken about their own journeys with addiction. To those people, I want to say thank you,” he posted. “Your strength is inspiring and is supporting me in ways I didn’t think was possible. It helps to know I am not alone.”

He hopes that his being open about recovery as a high-profile celebrity can help others find the courage to seek help.

“As I’ve had to remind myself, if you have a problem, getting help is a sign of courage, not weakness or failure,” he wrote. “I continue to avail myself with the help of so many people and I am grateful to all those who are there for me. I hope down the road I can offer an example to others who are struggling.”

Affleck sought help with the support of his estranged wife, actress Jennifer Garner. She has been pushing him to get help since last year, and continues to help him today. In fact, Garner was the one who drove him to rehab for this most recent stint, according to People.

“I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be,” Affleck wrote in a March 2017 Facebook post. “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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