Hollywood just learned that Ben Affleck completed a recovery program not due to paparazzi or photos surfacing, but by his own Facebook post. Ben Affleck and his break up from Jennifer Garner has been leading in the tabloids lately. Allegations against drinking being the cause of infidelity but there have been no reports on Ben’s sobriety or lack thereof. Although, amongst infidelity rumors, when Ben seen out with a blonde woman this January, sources confirmed that it was not an affair, but his sober coach to make sure he was staying on the right path. With many attempts at sobriety, Ben Affleck comes forward with his addiction.
Posting on Social Media Can Reach Different Audiences
It wasn’t until his Facebook post on Tuesday that he announced he has completed treatment for alcohol addiction. He has been in recovery in the past in 2011. He completed a 30 day treatment in Malibu when he was twenty nine. Juggling fame was difficult for him especially with high profile relationships like Jennifer Lopez. “I went to rehab for being 29 and partying too much and not having a lot of boundaries and to clear my head and try to get some idea of who I wanted to be,” Ben told The Hollywood Reporter in 2012, declining to go into further detail. “It was more a ‘let me get myself straight,’ before it became a rite of passage.”
Anyone Can Ask For Help
We gravitate towards celebrities because we are interested in their life. The glam, the glitz and the fashion are so different from our lives. It’s interesting to see their life and how they live it through a lens. It’s easy to judge their lifestyles and their choices, but they are people. The most important thing about Ben Affleck posting his status on Facebook was not for attention but he realized the platform he has. Celebrities whether we like it or not, are people we look up to. Some idolize their every move. If “even Ben Affleck” can admit when he has an issue and ask for help, “I can too.” I have so much respect for Ben coming out with this to encourage people to take the first step towards recovery. He has a family and owes them his best self. I think it’s very admirable he is using his position as a celebrity to reach more people than a “normal” person could.
It’s okay to ask for help and not everyone is perfect, even the ones we think are. It’s important to reach out to people you love and care about in times of need. It’s important to realize that everyone needs help at some point in their life and asking for help is a big accomplishment. We as a community need to celebrate steps in whatever capacity they happen.
By: Erica T.