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Ben Affleck Just Left Rehab And Opened Up About His Battle With Addiction In Instagram Post

Ben Affleck shared news with Instagram followers that he completed his 40-day-stay at a treatment center. He will continue to remain in outpatient care.

The Justice League star battles alcohol addiction. Affleck previously checked in to a rehab facility in 2001 and again in 2017.

He sought help for a third time on August 22.

In his Thursday post, the 46-year-old said seeking help is “a sign of courage, not weakness or failure.”

“The support I have received from my family, colleagues, and fans means more to me than I can say.”

“It’s given me the strength and support to speak about my illness with others.”

Affleck wrote:

“Battling any addiction is a lifelong and difficult struggle.”

“Because of that, one is never really in or out of treatment. It is a full-time commitment.”

Affleck and actress Jennifer Garner have three children together: Violet, 12, Seraphina, 9, and Samuel, 6.

The pair simultaneously filed for divorce in 2017, two years after they announced their separation. However, sources say the former couple remain close friends.

On Thursday, they met at Garner’s house and finalized their divorce with lawyers and a private judge.

Garner was seen driving her estranged spouse to the rehab facility in August for his third visit, according to People.

Affleck expressed his gratitude for the support he’s been given during a difficult time.

“So many people have reached out on social media and spoken about their own journeys with addiction. To those people, I want to say thank you.”

“Your strength is inspiring and is supporting me in ways I didn’t think was possible. It helps to know I am not alone.”

“I hope down the road I can offer an example to others who are struggling.”

Many voiced their support for the Oscar-winning actor and director.

 

Those on Twitter talked about the stigma of addiction and how few open up publicly about their struggles.

H/T – Twitter, People, CNN, Instagram

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Written by Koh Mochizuki

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