Ben Affleck's Alcohol Recovery: In His Own Words

BEN AFFLECK's fans rallied around him on social media last night as he revealed the steps he has taken to seek recovery from alcoholism - a problem that has long plagued the actor.

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"I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I've dealt with in the past and will continue to confront," he told Facebook followers in a frank post. "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."

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Until the post, Affleck had been absent from the platform since mid-January when he finished promoting Live By Night with Sienna Miller. The actor has spoken about completing previous courses of rehab in 2001 and 2008, and thanked his wife of more than 10 years, fellow actor Jennifer Garner, for her support throughout his recovery.

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"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," he shared. "This was the first of many steps being taken towards a positive recovery."

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Garner and Affleck announced their separation - and their intention to co-parent their three children - in 2015, but have not yet divorced. The couple have taken several holidays together in that period, prompting stories of reconciliation that have never come to fruition.

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Garner spoke candidly to Vanity Fair last year about the couple's enduring love for each other, and Affleck's "complicated" personality.

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"He’s the love of my life. What am I going to do about that?" she said. "He’s the most brilliant person in any room, the most charismatic, the most generous. He’s just a complicated guy. I always say, ‘When his sun shines on you, you feel it.’ But when the sun is shining elsewhere, it’s cold. He can cast quite a shadow."

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