Ben Affleck just spoke publicly for the first time about his 40-day stay at a treatment center. On Thursday, the actor shared an Instagram thanking his family and fans for their support while he was in rehab for alcohol addiction.
"The support I have received from my family, colleagues, and fans means more to me than I can say," Affleck wrote.
He continued, "It's given me the strength and support to speak about my illness with others."
Affleck is currently in outpatient care, and he explained that despite his release from treatment, his battle with addiction is far from over. “Battling any addiction is a lifelong and difficult struggle,” he added. “Because of that, one is never really in or out of treatment. It is full-time commitment. I am fighting for myself and my family.”
Affleck went on to acknowledge that the outpouring of support, especially from fellow people who have dealt with addiction, has been a great source of strength during his recovery. “So many people have reached out on social media and spoken about their own journeys with addiction,” he said. "To those people, I want to say thank you. Your strength is inspiring and is supporting me in ways I didn’t think was possible. It helps to know I am not alone.”
Affleck has been in rehab since August, after previously attending treatment programs in 2001 and 2017, according to People.
As SELF wrote previously, recovery is a process that goes differently for everyone.
It's important to recognize that a slip or a relapse doesn't mean your treatment has failed, SELF explained previously. Instead, take it as a sign that your approach needs some adjusting, and that you're still figuring out the best way to manage your sobriety. That's why the most important thing you can do after a relapse is to be honest with yourself—and get support, whether that's from your family, your therapist, or a structured inpatient program.
“As I’ve had to remind myself, if you have a problem, getting help is a sign of courage, not weakness or failure,” Affleck wrote. “With acceptance and humility, I continue to avail myself with the help of so many people and I am grateful to all those who are there for me. I hope down the road I can offer an example to others who are struggling.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to learn how to find help.