What Ben Affleck’s Return to Rehab Says About Addiction


September 18, 2018


Ben Affleck recently checked in for rehab to deal with his alcohol addiction. This makes it his third shot at rehab since 2001. While some may see this as weakness, what it really shows is how reaching out for help is a vital component along the journey of recovery.


Ben Affleck’s recent return to rehab for his alcohol addiction has inspired many to seek help for their own addictions. #TheCabinChiangMai #BenAffleck #RecoveryBen Affleck showed strength and courage going back to rehab. #BenAffleck #Recovery #ItWorksWhenYouWorkItBen Affleck, award winning American actor and filmmaker, recently entered into a rehab facility for struggles with his alcohol addiction on August 22, 2018. This will mark his third trip to rehab since 2001. The current Batman actor chose rehab after his ex-wife, actress Jennifer Garner, brought an addiction specialist to his home and staged an intervention. Although it is not specifically stated that he relapsed, there are photographs of him receiving a delivery of bottles at his home, implying alcohol use. While he appeared to be in a bad state, it is also reported that he was cooperative in getting help. This shows how rehab had been helpful to him in the past and that he was aware his drinking was out of his control. But what does this say about treatment that he has to go back for a third time?

Ben Affleck’s Latest Stay in Rehab

Ben’s most recent stay in rehab lasted for two weeks. He is currently receiving aftercare treatment according to reports. Two weeks, however, is a short stay at an inpatient rehab centre. Think about it like this, it takes a person weeks, months or years to become addicted to a substance. It is ambitious at best to think that two weeks, even four weeks, will be all that it takes to address everything that caused the addiction in the first place. The main reason that four weeks is the standard length of treatment centres around insurance companies and what they are willing to pay for treatment. It has nothing to do with what is in the best interest of the patients involved. Whether Affeck knows it or not, his short stay in rehab has been influenced by what insurance companies have been willing to pay. Picking therapies based on what will be paid is not the best way to approach addiction treatment. Research demonstrates that the most intensive forms of treatment (i.e., inpatient rehab) will have more people staying sober over the course of their lives. The longer the length of time in treatment impacts how well a patient does afterwards as well. While a couple weeks is better than no treatment at all, four weeks or more is preferable. To have some of the best chances of recovery and sobriety, a stay in treatment for 90 days is required. This length of time shows some of the best results in terms of treatment outcomes. Drug and alcohol treatment are often said to be based around people staying clean and sober. But is that all? According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, successful treatment can include many different factors, such as:Reduced or eliminated drug use. Increased time between relapses and lessen drug use when health is compromised.Improvements in work attainment, performance and attendance.Improvements in education attendance and performance.Relationship improvements with friends, loved ones, co-workers and community.Improved health, with fewer doctor and ER visits related to substance abuse.Better legal status with fewer arrests and incidents involving law enforcement.Improved mental status, with better reported mood, less anxiety and fewer emergency room visits due to mental illness.Fewer accidents or other unintentional harm to self or others.This again speaks to how important recovery is. It could literally mean the difference in your health, physical and mental, and more pain and alcohol abuse, like Ben Affleck was experiencing. Rehab, and longer rehab stays, will show more improvements across the board, and give the patient better chances at a lifetime of recovery.

Isn’t Three Tries at Rehab Bad?

Many assume that once someone goes through the rehab process, they should be all set to go and be on the pathway to recovery. This broad statement covers everyone from people working in cafes to celebrities like Ben Affleck, but this general assumption is not always the case. Drug and alcohol addiction are lifelong diseases, yet many assume they’re more like bacterial infections, where a prescribed dose of antibiotics will cure the patient. Being an addict is a condition more like having diabetes, which benefits from a thorough understanding of the disease, how to monitor oneself, and learning to cope and live with it for the rest of their life. A person with a lifelong condition will be monitored by a physician, medications and treatments may be changed over time, and if things start to show a downward trend, more intensive treatments may be initiated. For a person with an addiction, the process is very much the same. They will be likely monitored by people in their lives, and inform or confront the addict when things appear to head toward a downward turn. This situation may call for more intensive measures such as attending more meetings or outpatient counselling. The best and most effective form of treatment though is inpatient rehab

Ben Affleck’s Return to Rehab was Like a Booster Shot

Inpatient treatment, or any return to rehab, is like getting a booster shot for recovery. A person does not need to have a relapse to go back in to treatment. The general rule is that the relapse starts before a person drinks or uses again. What most likely happens is that people stop taking care of themselves, start feeling less gratitude and more resentment, their mental and physical health deteriorates, and relapse soon follows. Many people will enter into rehab when they can see the signs that they are in a relapse spiral. Even if a relapse had not happened, Affleck was in a spiral, and he could fortunately see that and get the help he needed. An additional stay in rehab also offers people is a fresh perspective on recovery. Skills learned in a previous stay have not been forgotten, but they may need to be refreshed or practiced so they can be used to their fullest. It is a way to learn more about their own individual journey into addiction and recovery. More skills can be gained and work done to help support relationships and the family as a whole, as what will likely happen for Ben Affleck and his family.


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