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What Does Ben Affleck’s Admission to Alcoholism Mean?

Dr. Norris Von Curl, II, MD

Dr. Norris Von Curl, II, MD

The hero on the silver screen has taken the bold move to become a hero and role model in the devastating world of addiction and recovery this March. After Affleck stepped down from directing the upcoming Batman film in order to focus on addiction treatment, the 44-year-old actor took to Facebook to share his recovery journey. As a result, he has received a vast amount of support and gratitude for his willingness to fight the stigma that surrounds finding help for addiction.

This is not the first time that Affleck has undergone treatment; he admitted to entering rehab in 2001. A recurring issue in his life, he states that alcohol addiction is “something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront.”

Why Does This Matter?

Stigma is one of the biggest reasons addicts refuse to admit to a problem or look for help. When a person finally comes clean, they are often ostracized in society and even in their family and peer groups. Affleck’s confession offers the stark contrast to this unfortunate societal viewpoint: “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,” says Affleck.

As well, it is important for anyone struggling with addiction and on the road to recovery to be open and honest about the possibility of relapse. As heartbreaking and difficult as a relapse can be, it is more dangerous to keep it hidden. This is where Affleck’s public admission is most powerful. It confirms the truth that finding help is the most important move a person can make; it reinforces that the shame in admitting addiction is rampant and harmful, and it is a beacon of light for anyone in the devastating throes of addiction—for the first time the second time or the seventh time.

Possibly most important of all, this admission is a statement to his children that finding help is what it takes to be a true hero for himself and for his family: “I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be.”

Here Is His Statement

Since its posting, his confession has garnered over 130,000 likes and has opened conversation amongst others inspired by his openness and willingness to find help.

How to Get Help for You or a Loved One Who is Struggling

If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction and would like to learn more call First Steps Recovery today at 1-844-489-0836. Call before a relapse takes control of your life. We will help you find out which recovery program is the best fit. A healthier and more fulfilling life is only a phone call away.



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