If you’re a man struggling with alcoholism, know that you’re not alone. Many men face this issue, and it can be difficult to cope with. Here’s how Ben Affleck opens up about getting sober and overcoming alcoholism.
The actor and producer, Ben Affleck, who has been active in the recovery community for years now is finally opened up about his own journey.
For many people, addiction is an illness that affects the mind and body. And for others in Hollywood like Ben Affleck, it can be both—as seen with his recent interview about getting sober where he discussed how alcohol has affected him personally as well as professionally over time.
The Cure For Addiction Is Suffering
Ben said that ‘’People are programmed to seek out rewards and get compulsive about it.”
This makes it hard to get away from his habit because drinking is his way of dealing with his problems. He explains that compulsive people have discomforts that they are trying to get rid of by eating, drinking, gambling, or whatever just to make themselves feel better.
He continues, “But that ends up making your life worse. Then you do more of it to make that discomfort go away. Then the real pain starts. It becomes a vicious cycle you can’t break. That’s at least what happened to me.”
Ben added, “The cure for addiction is suffering. You suffer enough that something inside you goes, ‘I’m done.’ And I’m lucky because I hit that point before I lost, really, the things that are most important—not my career or money, it was my relationship with my kids. And when I felt as if it impacted them, I recognized it—it was the worst day of my life—I made amends.”
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The Importance Of Family
He thought he had it all together until one day when his life completely fell apart. He recognized that being an alcoholic already impacted his family, especially his children.
The pain of realizing how much things have changed is what finally convinced him to turn himself around, and after some time passed by with no alcohol in sight—he found sobriety once again.
He ended this video saying, “Since that day, I swear to Christ, I have not ever wanted to drink once. Ever,”. “Now, I’m that asshole who’s like, ‘I’m grateful. I actually got to be a better person through this process, and I’ve lost the obsession.’’
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