Monday, June 17, 2024

Ben Affleck Says On Facebook He’s Completed Rehab for Alcohol Addiction


Ben’s statement: “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. 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.”

This isn’t easy, so kudos to Ben for going through the process and announcing it before the tabs got it. Affleck’s been in a long will they or won’t they divorce with Jennifer Garner, but maybe this will help them. The award winning director of 2012 Best Picture “Argo” may have bitten off more than he could chew with all the Batman movies, plus “The Accountant” and directing “Live by Night.” The latter was a failure, and may have suffered from its creator just being over-extended.

Good news for Ben!

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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