Ben Affleck revealed on Facebook late yesterday that he was in treatment for alcohol addiction.
You may have known about this already, that he’s been making good decisions. And this was the best decision, made undoubtedly with the support of Jennifer Garner, the person who’s always been a solid influence in his life.
This is not Ben’s first time in rehab. Back in 2001, it was Charlie Sheen who drove Ben to Promises in Malibu. (I know, right???) After that, he started dating Jennifer Lopez. And after that it was Jennifer Garner and their children and his comeback and Argo and Batman and… and…and…and…
Addiction is enough of a beast on its own without fame and entitlement and the trappings of Hollywood. We’ve seen often how the industry condones certain behaviours, enables them even, and in Ben Affleck’s case, this escalation wasn’t overnight; it happened over an extended period, a period when wellness may not have been a priority – not for him and perhaps not for the people who needed production more than wellness.
Ben Affleck is fortunate though. He keeps getting chances. Nobody’s passing him over for projects. He’s still at the top of the list. And that’s not the case for everyone.
Here are Ben and Jen out in Santa Monica today with their son Samuel.