Ben Affleck went to the rehab clinic for the third time on Wednesday, after the 46-year-old actor's struggle with addiction with which he had been involved since his twentieth century.
Affleck's first period in the rehab clinic was in 2001, but he has been open about the fact that he was exposed to alcoholism during his childhood through the struggle of his father Timothy. In 2012, Affleck spoke with Barbara Walters about his difficult upbringing.
"Yes, he was an alcoholic … I knew that as a child," Affleck Walters told his father. "He drank a lot. My father was a – what they called him – a real alcoholic. drank all day, drank every day, and to his honor, he eventually became sober, and he has been sober for several decades, which I find pretty impressive. & # 39;
"But I had good friends – I had Matt Damon, my brother is a great guy", he added how he dealt with it. "I had a core of friends that I grew up and supported."
In an interview from 2014 with Playboy, Affleck again opened up about his father's alcoholism – and how it influenced his own choices as an adult.
"My father had ambitions, but also a troubled life," he shared. "He had a lot of tragedy in his family, a lot of pain, and he drank to relieve some of that pain." If you start drinking too much, it is difficult to realize your ambitions. "He became a pretty serious alcoholic, he's been sober for 20 years and I think it's incredibly admirable, but when he drank, he fell apart, my mother kicked him out, and then he kicked around and lived in the street."
"That was a formative period for me," he continued. "It made me obsessed with success and money, because my father had no money left and got kicked out of his house. I was obsessed with how important money was. It hit my DNA, and that obsession probably caused me to do some movies that I should not have. "
In 1998 Affleck was already aware of his drinking habits. In an interview with USA Weekend, he said he had stopped drinking alcohol and thought frankly about his behavior when he was under the influence.
"I started to regret some of the things I did when I was drunk," he admitted. "It's funny to be unpleasant or out of control, but then it's something like," I think I hurt that person's feelings, I fooled myself "or" I did not want to kiss that girl. " almost no inhibitions, so it's dangerous for me. "
Three years later, in 2001, Affleck's publicist confirmed that the winner of the two-time Oscar had started a 30-day residential rehabilitation program for alcohol abuse. People reported in that time that actor Charlie Sheen Affleck actually brought to Promises Treatment Center in Malibu.
Affleck trivialized his first stint in rehab clinic in an interview with 2012 The Hollywood Reporter.
"I went to rehab because I was 29 and partying too much and did not have many limits and cleaned up my head and tried to get an idea of who I wanted to be," he said. "It was more of a & # 39; let me put myself up straight, before it became a rite of passage. & # 39;
But in an interview with January 2017 with The Guardian, Affleck acknowledged "mistakes" in his past.
"I always had a strong idea about my values and the direction in which I wanted to be led, then I became famous and it turned around and I waved around for a few years," he reflected. "If you are a young man in his twenties, you make some mistakes and you learned about it, I just made them for everyone, instead of privately." There is something I look back on and a little shrunken, but I have always tried to treat other people well. My parents drenched that in me and the mistakes I made were usually just of the painful kind. "
Yet Affleck had not yet got a grip on his struggle with addiction. In March of the same year, he revealed in a Facebook message that he was completing the treatment for alcohol addiction and thanked his estranged wife, Jennifer Garner, for her support.
"I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction, something that I have experienced in the past and will continue to confront," he wrote. "I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be, I want my children to know that it's no shame to get help when you need it, and to be a source of strength for anyone 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 supported me and cared for our children when I did the work I wanted to do," he continued. "This was the first of the many steps that were taken towards a positive recovery."
It is clear that Affleck still offers Garner's support. The 46-year-old actress drove him to a rehab clinic Wednesday afternoon, reported ET earlier. Garner was photographed who arrived at Affleck's Pacific Palisades house and visibly upset, and later the former couple – along with the bodyguard of the actress – were seen while they drove away from the Argo director at home. Affleck was sad in the back seat.
One source tells ET that Affleck has indeed fallen from the car when it comes to austerity, but not because of lack of effort.
"Ben gave everything, but unfortunately he was not able to maintain a sober lifestyle," says the source. "We were all rowing for him, but his addiction got the best of him." He went from taking the steps he needed in life to go back to his old ways and for those of us who were love him, it was devastating to see him lose the battle. "
But the source says Affleck still has friends and family in his corner.
"Ben's real problem is that he repeatedly brings it together for the rest of everyone and now it's time for Ben to do it himself", the source notes. "Ben has so much love and support and he is so strong, we have confidence that he can change things and live a healthy life."
For more information about Affleck's recent problems, see below:
Ben Affleck & # 39; s history with alcohol addiction: a timeline of the actor's battle and the road to recovery
Ben Affleck & # 39; gave it its everything & # 39; to stay sober, but his addiction got the best of him & # 39 ;, says the source (exclusive)
Inside What Led to Ben Affleck & # 39; s Return to Rehab (Exclusive)