Ben Affleck Says Sobriety ‘Slip’ Won’t Derail Him: ‘It Happens’

Ben Affleck is owning his sobriety setback.

The “Argo” director was visiting ex-wife Jennifer Garner when he addressed the paparazzi following an appearance at a Halloween party Saturday night where he appeared to be drunk. Affleck was seen steadying himself on an SUV as he exited a party at the La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood, wearing a black suit and Halloween mask.

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“It happens. It was a slip but I’m not going to let it derail me,” Affleck told paparazzi, stopping to answer a question about video TMZ posted of the incident. “Thank you very much, guys.”

Affleck completed a 40-day stint in rehab last year. At the time, the actor acknowledged it was a difficult journey to sobriety.

“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,” he said.

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Following the publication of the video footage, a friend of the actor told People“Sobriety is difficult and elusive for everyone struggling with addiction… Ben has acknowledged he’s going to slip up from time to time. It was never as if this was simply behind him.”


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