In a huge setback for Ben Affleck this August, his estranged wife Jennifer Garner personally drove him to a rehab facility. The Justice League star, 46, needed the intervention and it's not the first time! He's had sobriety issues for years. Affleck has reportedly been in rehab three times in addition to being spotted with "sober coaches" over the years. While fans and family members hope Affleck can finally get his life back on track, it won't be easy. Scroll down RadarOnline.com's timeline of Affleck's sobriety ups and downs.
The actor's family has an alcohol history that hurt Affleck early. His parents divorced, and the star has said, "My father was an alcoholic... I did know that as a child. He drank a lot….He, you know, drank all day, drank every day, and to his credit, he got sober ultimately. He turned his life around." But Affleck admitted his dad's struggle affected his own life. The future Batman stopped drinking himself at age 24 but his sobriety wasn't to last.
In 2001, Affleck hit rock bottom after partying. As PEOPLE reported at the time, pal Charlie Sheen drove Affleck to Promises in Malibu. The Good Will Hunting star completed a 30-day residential rehabilitation program for alcohol abuse and his rep confirmed the news.
After his 2001 time in treatment, Affleck candidly admitted, "I went to rehab for being 29 and partying too much and not having a lot of boundaries and to clear my head and try to get some idea of who I wanted to be."
In February 2017, Affleck reportedly had a sober companion with him at the Oscars, when his brother Casey won as Best Actor.
In March 2017, news broke that Affleck had been in rehab again. He revealed via Facebook that he had "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."
However, Affleck's 2017 rehab didn't stick. On August 22, 2018, he was driven to a treatment center for alcohol addiction by Garner, 46, who is divorcing him but still cares. His brother Casey, 43, told ET, "Ben is an addict and an alcoholic. He’s trying to do the work and get it together." We pay for juicy info! Do you have a story for RadarOnline.com? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at (866) ON-RADAR (667-2327) any time, day or night.