Ben Affleck was drinking alone for days at his Los Angeles home before his ex Jennifer Garner picked him up and drove him to The Canyons rehab facility in Malibu on August 22.
Even though he had been getting treatment for years and had been attending therapy as well as getting help from a sober coach, the 46-year-old Oscar winner had hit bottom.
‘He was in bad shape. He had barely been eating and had not showered. It didn’t take much convincing. He wanted to go, and he cooperated,’ a source told People. ‘He knew he needed help and was vocal about it.’
Turns out he could not shut out whatever demons haunt him.
‘Ben went into a darker and darker place until he had to reach out for help,’ said the friend.
He has already been in rehab twice before – in 2001 and 2017.
It was also revealed that when Garner, 46, went to his home, she had an addiction therapist with her. Earlier, it had been reported that she also brought a lawyer.
‘He’s battled addiction for a long time now,’ said a source. ‘He has been constantly working on himself.’
But his July split from SNL producer Lindsay Shookus caused him pain.
The source added that Affleck ‘really liked’ TV producer Shookus, 38.
‘He loved that she was smart, funny, opinionated,’ the source told People. ‘When they were together it brought him a bit outside of his comfort zone. She brought a bit of fresh air into his life that he needed.’
The couple recently broke up, however, as a result of the actor’s ongoing issues with alcohol addiction.
Shookus, it seems, supported him in his sobriety and attended meetings with him.
But ultimately, his downward spiral over the past several weeks proved too much.
‘It was very hard for her to break up with Ben, but she knew he wasn’t getting better and that it was time for her to step aside,’ an insider revealed.