On Saturday, Ben Affleck relapsed majorly at a UNICEF party. A video surfaced of him stumbling while getting into an SUV with a young blonde woman. In spite of the slip, Affleck is determined to keep working on his sobriety journey.
Ben Affleck has gone to rehab several times with the most recent visit being in August 2018 when his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner, took him to a facility in Malibu. Since then, he’s been working with a sober coach and going to wellness classes that specialize in medication for a healthy mind, body, and spirit.
He seemed to be doing well until last weekend.
Right before the party, Affleck posted on Instagram to ask for donations to Midnight Mission. This organization helps addicts with their recovery. He said, “I have been in recovery for over a year and part of that is helping others… I’m making a donation today because there are people battling addiction every day that don’t have the resources and need help.”
Despite his big sobriety milestone, reporters saw Affleck leaving La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood after the UNICEF Masquerade Ball. He was using the SUV to steady himself and almost fell.
The media caught up to Affleck outside of Jennifer Garner’s home to ask him about the video. “It happens,” he said. “It’s a slip, but I’m not going to let it derail me.”
A source said, “You could tell that it wasn’t an easy thing for him, but Ben owned his mistake. He said it happens, that he slipped up but that it won’t happen again. It was a smart move because now the story is basically over.”
Affleck was sober for about 16 months before the party. Some people were originally worried about him not taking the slip-up seriously, but a source close to Affleck doesn’t agree. They said, “Sobriety is difficult and elusive for everyone struggling with addiction. Ben has acknowledged he’s going to slip up from time to time. It was never as if this was simply behind him.”
It is unknown if Affleck will be going back to rehab, but for now, he’s not giving up on his sobriety journey. He’s previously said, “Battling any addiction is a lifelong and difficult struggle. Because of that, one is never really in or out of treatment. It is a full-time commitment. I am fighting for myself and my family.”