Jennifer Garner Urged Ben Affleck To Return To Rehab, Sources Say

By Kelly Burch 11/10/17

The star reportedly went for the second time this year, but checked out after five days. 

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck

Actor Ben Affleck reportedly checked into rehab for the second time this year, entering a 30-day inpatient program on September 25 at the urging of his estranged wife, actress Jennifer Garner—but he left the program just five days later. 

“He got into a great headspace,” a source told Us Weekly. “He has learned that dealing with his addiction is an ongoing battle. He understands he cannot just wake up one morning and say, ‘OK, we’re all done.’ Treatment is like a job.”

Affleck revealed in March that he had undergone treatment for alcoholism. However, the source that spoke with Us Weekly said that by this fall Affleck’s addictions were once again beginning to concern the people around him. “Ben reached a breaking point,” the source said. “He knew he was spiraling and was unhappy.”

In his desperation he allegedly reached out to Garner, who filed for divorce in April two years after the couple initially split. “Ben told her everything that was going on with his life,” the source said. “He was devastated but knew he had to change.”

Garner worked with Affleck’s brother Casey to get him into a treatment center. “From the smoking to drinking and gambling, Jen has always been the person who can get through to him,” said a different source. “She keeps Ben in line as much as she can.”

Another source said that despite the couple’s estrangement, they are committed to co-parenting their three children, and that Garner remains an important support for Affleck. “Jen is a good person—she’s an angel,” the source said. “No one ever told her she needs to stick around to help Ben, but she always will. They are both good parents and good people.”

After Affleck’s treatment in March, his destructive behaviors began creeping back in, sources said. There was no single event that prompted the second stint in rehab, but rather the recognition that he still had work to do. 

“There wasn’t a specific instance that made him check into a facility,” a source said. “It was more of a prevention. People in his life knew he needed a treatment that was more serious than what he was currently getting.”

Despite that, Affleck reportedly checked himself out of the residential program after five days. Sources say that he is continuing to do work with outpatient programs. 

“He knows he can’t get through this all alone,” a source said. “His slip-ups have affected his loved ones, but the good thing is that he’s making strides toward recovery. Friends and family have never seen Ben so proactive and serious about wanting to get better.”

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