“This week I completed a forty day stay at a treatment center for alcohol addiction and remain in outpatient care,” Affleck said in an Instagram post Thursday.
Now in recovery, Affleck says the work is never over.
“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,” he wrote on Instagram.
Despite having divorced over three years ago, Garner and the pair’s three children were photographed at Affleck’s side as he left the facility Thursday.
“The support I have received from my family, colleagues, and and means more to me than I can say,” Affleck wrote. “It’s given me the strength and support to speak about my illness with others.”
Affleck ended the post on a note of gratitude and hope for the future.
“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…I hope down the road I can offer an example to others who are struggling.”