How inspiring is it to hear that the impenetrable Batman successfully fought off an addiction through treatment and recovery? Often times celebrities try to hide their battles with drugs and alcohol (which is completely fine, as they have their right to privacy). But when one of the biggest stars in the world openly admits to a lifelong drinking problem, we applaud them for it. Believe it or not, it can be incredibly inspiring to others who are struggling.
That, of course, is the case with Ben Affleck, who this past Spring wrote a lengthy Facebook confessional, outlining his dependence on alcohol. Affleck’s post brought his celebrity stature to a very humanistic level, outlining his commitment to his family and his health. He also praised the recovery field and treatment centers that work to curb addictions.
“I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront,” Affleck wrote. “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.”
Affleck, a Westside resident, sought out treatment at a local unnamed facility. But People Magazine did receive quotes from several insiders who have verified that his new mission is very real.
“Ben is really doing that, because I think he feels he has a responsibility to help people,” the People source said. “He’s doing it not just for his kids, but for everybody.”
Ben has joined a growing list of A-List recovery advocates, who include Robert Downey Jr., Rob Lowe and Samuel L. Jackson, among others. His Facebook post alone drew a ton of positive responses and confessionals from his fans. In the comments section, followers from across the country shared their personal recovery stories; many of which were “Liked” by Ben.
While we understand that recovery can be a very private journey for some, you would be surprised to hear how much sharing the experience can inspire others. If you have successfully made it through (celebrity or not), consider putting yourself out there for others in need. We, ourselves, have several Alumni Programs in place, built to help support people currently in our program. Not only is it helpful for people in treatment, it can be incredibly therapeutic for those who have made it through to the other side.