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Ben Affleck on why he chose to go to rehab

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Benjamin Geza “Ben” Affleck-Boldt, the American actor, filmmaker and Oscar-Winner penned an emotionally raw post on Facebook this week. He shared to his fans and the entire world at large that he recently completed rehab for alcohol addiction in the hopes of becoming a better father and co-parent to his wife and beloved actress, Jennifer Garner.

He states, “I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront. 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”.

The 44-year-old actor has three children with Jennifer all under the age of 11– Violet, Seraphina, and Sam. The couple separated in 2015 but have not divorced – they continue to live in their Pacific Palisades home and co-parent. Ben is hopeful that his time in recovery will open his eyes to a world of contentment and pure joy. He is grateful for his sobriety and looks forward to his journey of healing.

To read more about Ben Affleck’s recovery journey, visit cnn.com.

New Directions for Women would like to thank Ben Affleck for being so honest and open about his struggles with his alcoholism and we wish him all the best. As more individuals in recovery share their story, the stigma of addiction is reduced. Sharing our recovery journeys helps others find the strength to reach out for help. He will be in our thoughts and prayers and will serve as a constant reminder that addiction does not discriminate – no one is immune to addiction. It afflicts people of all ages, races, classes, and professions. Chemical dependency is typically coupled with other co-occurring disorders such as mental health issues, trauma, sex addiction, family dysfunction and other addictive disorders which we also address and treat. Grounded in the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, our detox and rehab model includes a multifaceted social approach to the treatment of chemical dependency. Being a women’s only addiction treatment program, we provide gender separate, culturally relevant and holistic addiction treatment services that meet the special needs of women, women with children and their families that suffer from the chronic fatal disease of chemical dependency.

Need help with substance abuse or mental health issues? New Directions for Women has been serving women, children and their families for 4 decades. Call to help yourself or a loved one at 1-800-93-WOMEN or visit us at www.newdirectionsforwomen.org.

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