Casey Affleck Opens Up About Ben's Alcoholism Struggle, Rehab Stay

By Victoria Kim 09/18/18

"I think for his kids’ sake and for their mom, and for himself, he’s trying to do the work and get it together.”

Casey Affleck

Actor and director Casey Affleck opened up about his brother Ben’s ongoing struggle with alcohol, also revealing that it’s a family issue. He said that he and his brother “come from a long line of alcoholics.”

“Ben is an addict and an alcoholic. Most of my grandparents are alcoholics. My father is an alcoholic, as bad as you can be, and he’s been sober for about 30 years,” the younger Affleck, who is “about six years” sober, told ET.

Ben was admitted to a treatment facility in late August, with the support of estranged wife Jennifer Garner. The Justice League star’s relapse attracted plenty of media attention as he sought treatment for the third time. Onlookers speculate that Affleck’s personal life, including a recent break-up, threw his recovery for a loop.

His brother Casey says he is lucky to have “the kind of resources and time” to go to a good facility and get help.

“It can’t be easier to have everybody looking at you and taking your picture as you’re walking out of an intervention. I don’t envy that. I saw my father struggle with it for many years and nobody was following him around with cameras and stuff,” said Casey. “It’s not a great look. But on the other hand, it’s nothing to be ashamed of and it’s good that he’s taken care of.”

Ben sought treatment in 2001 and then in 2017. In March 2017 he released a statement via Facebook announcing that he had completed treatment for alcohol addiction.

“I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I’ve dealt with in the past and continue to confront,” he wrote. “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.”

His brother Casey says his family is the driving force of his recovery. “Alcoholism has a huge impact on not just the person, but also their family,” he told ET. “So, I think for his kids’ sake and for their mom, and for himself, he’s trying to do the work and get it together.”

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