On Tuesday, the 46-year-old actor appeared on the Today Show to promote the star-studded action film Triple Frontier. However, his new movie wasn’t the only thing that he spoke about.
Despite how difficult it might be, Ben Affleck is open to talking about his experience with alcoholism. Ben explained that it “doesn’t really bother” him to speak publicly about the personal matter.
“It’s part of my life. It’s something that I deal with. It doesn’t have to sort of subsume my whole identity and be everything, but it’s something that you have to work at,” he said. “We encounter these kinds of hurdles, and we have to deal with them.”
“I Am Fighting for Myself and My Family”
In September of 2018, Ben entered rehab for the third time to seek treatment for his alcohol addiction. Previously, he went to treatment in 2001 and 2017.
Affleck revealed in March 2017 that he had completed treatment for alcoholism in order to be “the best father I can be,” but his history with addiction goes back much further. In fact, his experience with alcoholism began as a child, watching his own father, Timothy, battle the disease.
Following his 40-day stay in treatment this last year, he later elaborated on the decision to be transparent about his issues.
“I feel like I had a problem and I really want to address it, and I take some pride it that … bits about yourself, your life, your family, and you know people – we encounter these kinds of hurdles and we have to deal with them,” said Affleck. “It’s a lifelong and difficult struggle,” noting, “it’s a full-time commitment. I am fighting for myself and my family.”
“I Hope I Can Offer An Example”
Throughout the recovery process, Ben has been supported by his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner who was photographed driving the actor to the treatment facility. Affleck reports that Garner – whom he shares children Violet, 13, Seraphina, 10, and Samuel, 7 – remain a constant source of support.