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Ben Affleck Speaks Out for the First Time Since Entering Rehab: 'I am Fighting for Myself and My Family'

By TheBlast Staff

Ben Affleck is opening up about his life since entering rehab more than a month ago, saying he knows he is not alone as he battles his addiction.

In a statement to The Blast, Affleck says:

This week I completed a forty day stay at a treatment center for alcohol addiction and remain in outpatient care.

The support I have received from my family, colleagues and fans means more to me than I can say. It’s given me the strength and support to speak about my illness with others.

Battling any addiction is a lifelong and difficult struggle. Because of that one is never really in or out of treatment. It is a lifelong commitment. I am fighting for myself and my family. So many people have reached out on social media and spoke about their own journeys with addiction. To those people I want to say thank you. Your strength and courage is inspiring and is supporting me in ways I didn’t think was possible. It helps to know I am not alone. As I’ve had to remind myself, if you have a problem, getting help is a sign of wisdom and strength, not weakness or failure.

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.

Ben Affleck went back to rehab on August 22 after Garner went to his Pacific Palisades home and drove him to a facility herself.

Ultimately the decision to go to rehab was Affleck’s but our sources say he would never have agreed to it without being “pushed” by Garner.

The "Argo" star did not fall off the wagon because of any specific incident, our sources say, but rather Ben had been struggling and slipping for a very long time.

Affleck spent time at The Canyon at Peace Park in Malibu. The Canyon is a private, secluded rehab center that plans a specific recovery program for each individual, and focuses on both substance abuse and mental health conditions.

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