Kristen Bell Writes Message To Dax Shepard On Sober Anniversary

By Kelly Burch 09/05/18

“I know how much you loved using. I know how much it got in your way. And I know, because I saw, how hard you worked to live without it.”

Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell

Actress Kristen Bell took to Instagram to write a message to her husband, Parenthood star Dax Shepard, to celebrate his 14 years of sobriety. 

“I know how much you loved using. I know how much it got in your way. And I know, because I saw, how hard you worked to live without it,” Bell wrote on Instagram

Shepard has been open about his addiction and how it could have led to more severe consequences. 

“I just loved to get fucked up—drinking, cocaine, opiates, marijuana, diet pills, pain pills, everything. Mostly my love was Jack Daniel’s and cocaine,” he told Playboy in 2012. “I was famous for going out on Thursday night to have a couple of beers and that just led all the way to Saturday night… Of course, come Monday I would be tallying up all the different situations, and each one was progressively more dangerous. I got lucky in that I didn’t go to jail.”

In her post, Bell talked about the ongoing, daily work that it takes Shepard to stay sober. “I will forever be in awe of your dedication, and the level of fierce moral inventory you perform on yourself, like an emotional surgery, every single night,” she wrote. 

She pointed out how Shepard puts the tenets of recovery into action, as a husband and as a father to their daughters, who are 2 and 5. 

“You never fail to make amends, or say sorry when it's needed. You are always available to guide me, and all of our friends, with open ears and tough love when it's needed most,” Bell wrote. “You have become the fertilizer in the garden of our life, encouraging everyone to grow.”

In addition, Bell said that she has learned from how open Shepard is about his recovery.

“I'm so proud that you have never been ashamed of your story, but instead shared it widely, with the hope it might inspire someone else to become the best version of themselves,” she wrote. “You have certainly inspired me to do so.”

Bell has spoken in the past about how Shepard’s experience has changed her perception of addiction and people who abuse drugs, making her more empathetic toward those who need help.

“Seeing the world through his eyes has really opened mine to knowing that it is a disease and nobody is choosing to drink more than others,” she told The New York Daily News in 2016. “They are doing it because of a variety of reasons and they deserve the attention of a mental health professional, and not the county jail or however else we’re choosing to pretend we’re fixing the problem.”

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Kelly Burch writes about addiction and mental health issues, particularly as they affect families. Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.