Last month, Ben Affleck checked into rehab for the third time.
By all accounts, the Oscar winner was reluctant to get help, but conceded that it was time to seek treatment after his estranged wife, Jennifer Garner, staged an intervention.
Given the circumstances, perhaps it should come as no surprise that Affleck doesn’t seem to be taking his recovery all that seriously.
In fact, Ben left rehab after just two weeks so that he could head home and “work out” with his new girlfriend.
(Said girlfriend happens to be a 22-year-old Playboy model, so perhaps Ben can’t be blamed for skipping out on the round-robin ping pong tournament in favor of some quality time.)
To be fair, Affleck did return to rehab, but his loved ones weren’t exactly encouraged by the development.
In the weeks that followed, Ben left treatment several more times in order to utilize his home gym, and while he always returned to rehab afterward, the consensus among those close to the situation seemed to be that the actor was half-assing this whole thing to an almost impressive degree.
Fortunately, it now seems that the Ben has received the message that he needs to take this “sobering the eff up” business a bit more seriously.
In fact, it seems Affleck has ditched his initial plan to skip out on rehab after 30 days, and will instead remain in treatment for several more weeks.
“He seems to be taking things more seriously this time,” one insider tells Us Weekly.
“He feels really bad and sorry about doing this because of the kids.”
The source says Affleck is in no way ashamed of his struggles with alcoholism and hopes that his children will one day be proud of his efforts to reclaim his health.
“Ben is not shy about his issues around addiction, particularly since he made that conversation public,” says the insider.
“It got to a point where he wanted help and knew he needed help.”
So the good news is that Ben will stick it out in treatment for a little while longer.
The bad news is that he still plans to “work out at his gym for a few hours a day.”
Hey, baby steps, right?