“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.”
~ Ben Affleck
When actor Ben Affleck recently returned to rehab, it was another battle in his two-decade war with alcohol addiction. But rather than being tragic, this is a sign for hope, because the 46-year-old actor has an incurable disease. Instead of giving up, Affleck and his family are taking positive steps forward.
And that may be the biggest positive—Affleck is not doing this alone. He has the active support of his family and friends, including his estranged wife, Jennifer Garner, their three children, and his younger brother Casey.
Since he checked into treatment, Jennifer and the kids have been there every day, reportedly participating in “intense” family therapy sessions.
Support from His Wife
“Jen has no intentions of working anything out with him, but she does want him to stay sober so that he can be a father to their kids.”
~ a source close to Affleck
In fact, it was Jennifer who held the latest intervention that may have saved his life. Even will though they have been separated for three years, she showed up at his home the day after pictures surfaced online of Affleck accepting a liquor delivery.
After confronting Affleck, Jennifer personally drove him to treatment.
Support from His Children
“The girls are well aware of what is going on with their dad and they also understand what alcoholism is.”
The couple has three children—Violet, 12, Seraphina, 9, and Samuel, 6. They have been to the facility and are taking part in Family Therapy.
This has to feel all-too-familiar to Affleck. His father also struggled with severe alcoholism, and as children, Ben and Casey attended Al-Anon to learn how to deal with the situation,
Support from His Brother
“Ben’s brother has been there every day and stays for hours and hours each time.”
Support from Casey is especially helpful, because as brothers who are children of an alcoholic, they share a unique perspective about the damage caused by excessive drinking.
Here’s the hopeful bottom line – Ben Affleck is a very lucky man. He has people who love him and who have proven that they will stand by him while he focuses on getting sober and healthy once again.
The disease of addiction is bigger than any one person, and anyone hoping to recover will need to rely on significant outside resources, including their family, friends, specialist, and their peers.
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