Ben Affleck is speaking out for the first time since his recent stint in rehab.
In a message posted to Instagram Thursday, the “Justice League” actor, 46, confirmed he completed a “forty day stay at a treatment for alcohol addiction.” He revealed his journey is long from over and he will continue outpatient care.
“Battling any addiction is a lifelong and difficult struggle,” he wrote. “Because of that, one is never really in or out of treatment. It is full-time commitment.”
Affleck thanked his family for sticking by his side and noted they are his motivation to keep “fighting.”
“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,” Affleck said.
He added that the outpouring of sympathy from those facing similar battles helped the actor realize, “I am not alone.”
“So many people have reached out on social media and spoken about their own journeys with addiction,” he wrote. “To those people, I want to say thank you. Your strength is inspiring and is supporting me in ways I didn’t think was possible.”
One day, Affleck said, he hopes to be an example “to others that are struggling.”
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Source: USA Today