Ben Affleck says he's undergone treatment for alcoholism
LOS ANGELES, March 15, 2017 (AFP) - Hollywood star Ben Affleck announced on Facebook that he has undergone treatment to combat alcoholism, as he acknowledged his ongoing struggle with the condition.
The Oscar-winning actor and director cited his children as a major motivation to pursue treatment, in order to "live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be."
"I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction," Affleck wrote in a Facebook post late Tuesday. "This was the first of many steps being taken towards a positive recovery."
The actor then turned to his family.
"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," he wrote.
"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."
Once one-half of Hollywood's famed "Bennifer" married couple, Affleck and his now-estranged wife Jennifer Garner announced plans to divorce in June 2015, one day after their 10-year wedding anniversary.
Affleck, 44, has Oscars for writing and producing. He directed critical and commercial hits "The Town," "Gone Girl" and "Argo," which won the best picture award at the Oscars in 2013.
His younger brother Casey this year took home a best acting Oscar for his starring role in the melancholy Hollywood hit "Manchester by the Sea."
Garner is known for her breakout work in the spy drama "Alias" on television, and for various roles on the big screen, including a well-received turn in the 2004 hit movie "13 Going on 30."