Ben Affleck has confirmed that he has left the rehab program he checked into in August to treat his alcohol addiction. The actor and father of three, wrote a touching statement on Instagram where he reveals what he’s been going through and gives thanks to all of those who have been there for him throughout the whole process.

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“This week I completed a forty day stay at a treatment center for alcohol addiction and remain in outpatient care,” Affleck began. “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. Battling any addiction is a lifelong and difficult struggle. Because of that, one is never really in or out of treatment. It is a full-time commitment. I am fighting for myself and my family. So many people have reached out on social media and spoken about their own journeys with addiction. 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. It helps to know I am not alone. As I’ve had to remind myself, if you have a problem, getting help is a sign of courage, not weakness or failure.”

He finished his statement: “With acceptance and humility, I continue to avail myself with the help of so many people and I am grateful to all those who are there for me. I hope down the road I can offer an example to others who are struggling.”

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This is not the first time Ben reaches out for help. He previously sought treatment in 2001 and 2017. In in March 2017 he shared another statement sharing that he has completed another treatment:

“I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront,” he wrote then. “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. This was the first of many steps being taken towards a positive recovery.”

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