Ben Affleck on Getting Sober

Ben Affleck reflects on being an alcoholic and talks about the one “cure” he’s found for addiction. he talks about his struggle with alcoholism, failing at recovery multiple times, and finally finding a way out.

Ben Affleck is an American actor and filmmaker who has won two Academy Awards, two BAFTA Awards, and three Golden Globes. He began his career as a child when he starred in the PBS educational series The Voyage of the Mimi. He later appeared in the independent comedy Dazed and Confused (1993) and several Kevin Smith comedies, including Chasing Amy (1997).


The cure for addiction is suffering. You suffer enough that something inside you goes I’m done.”

While he thinks that rehabs and recovery programs are good initiatives for recovering people with an addiction, he believes that true recovery comes when one hits a dead end in one’s addiction. He believes that suffering enough can prompt someone to want to change for the better.

Alcoholism and other addictions impact not only the life of the person with an addiction but also the people in their lives. For Ben, the point of turning back came when he realized how his relationship with alcohol was negatively impacting his relationship with his kids.

“I’m lucky because I hit that point before I lost really the things that were the most important: my relationship with my kids. And when I felt as if it impacted them, I recognized it was the worst day of my life, and I made amends.”


Finding something worth getting sober for can go a long way in helping recovering people with an addiction resist the urge to drink. Whenever Ben Affleck thinks about drinking, he thinks about how he almost lost his relationship with his children and that reminds him why he needs to stay sober.

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