Out of Left Field, Ben Affleck Is Out of Rehab, But He's Feeling Positive

Mar 15, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. ET
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Ben Affleck has thankfully exited rehab and is anticipating a successful recovery.

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Affleck announced his rehab departure on Facebook Tuesday evening. The actor wrote a lengthy post about exiting rehab, feeling positive, working toward kicking his alcohol addiction and his hope that, with the support of his family, he will be able to stay sober and healthy. It was a candid admission from Affleck, who is so frequently amiable and fun-loving in interviews, however guarded he is about his personal life. Reading his words about his hope for a brighter future was so endearing.


Affleck wrote in his post: "I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be. 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." More precious than knowing that Affleck's family has rallied around him is the knowledge that Jennifer Garner will be there to help co-parent and possibly even help him recover too.

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All love aside (not that it's not a good thing), this news of exiting rehab makes sense of some of Affleck's behavior recently. Notably, I'm thinking of Affleck's will-he-won't-he debate over directing the planned solo Batman film. There's been much discussion over Affleck's excitement to direct and star in the film over the last few months. That excitement turned to confusion when production stalled, Affleck's directing confirmation turned into a "maybe," then a "no," and the reins were turned over to director Matt Reeves. Knowing that Affleck has been going through this time of upheaval and change centered on his need to be sober explains events like this mystifying professional upheaval.

This is not Affleck's first time out of rehab, either, making his hope for recovery that much sweeter. Affleck has struggled with alcohol for most of his life. While he was able to combat his addiction in the early years of his fame, mounting pressures from all sides reportedly broke through his tough exterior and sent him to rehab. A reported monthlong rehab stint in 2001 appears to be the first in a string of rehab stints since Affleck ascended to fame.

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This may have been a surprise to fans, but for Affleck and his family, I can only hope this is a silver lining on a tough situation.

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