Actor Ben Affleck has reportedly checked into a rehab facility after estranged wife, Jennifer Garner, staged an intervention.
Garner arranged the intervention, which is said to have taken place at his home in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, yesterday afternoon (Wednesday August 23), in order to try to help the star.
According to sources, Affleck didn’t need much convincing. He knew he needed help and was reportedly receptive to Garner’s help.
The pair are said to have driven away from Affleck’s home at around 6pm (Pacific Time) en route to an undisclosed rehab facility in LA county. On the way they reportedly stopped at a Jack in the Box (an American fast food chain), as reported by TMZ.
Affleck, who’s best known by a new generation of film fans as the iconic Batman, has had a history of alcohol abuse and had broken his sobriety a while ago.
TMZ also report the breaking point came after Garner saw a picture of her estranged husband receiving a box full of beer and liquor from a delivery man two days ago.
Affleck has entered rehab facilities a number of times in the past. In 2001 he checked in for alcohol abuse before returning again in December last year.
In April 2017, Garner filed for divorce, however, the two still remain close and have three children together. While the two are separated, officially, they are still married.
Last week the actor, who’s history with addiction has been well-documented, sparked concerns after a photo showed the Justice League star looking red faced while in the back of a car at a fast food restaurant.
Back in March, 2017, Affleck posted a message on Facebook which revealed he had ‘completed treatment for alcohol addiction’.
In his post he wrote:
I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront. 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.
Trying to overcome addiction can be an extremely difficult process. There’s no overnight cure.
According to charity MIND:
Addiction is often linked to mental health problems, and if you do have an addiction problem, it may have started as a way to cope with feelings that you felt unable to deal with in any other way.
We wish Ben Affleck all the best during tis difficult time.
If you want to discuss any issues relating to alcohol in confidence contact Drinkline on 0300 123 1110 for advice and support.