Ben Affleck, out of rehab, calls addiction a lifelong struggle

Ben Affleck, out of rehab, calls addiction a lifelong struggle
Ben Affleck arrives at the European Premiere of Live by Night at the British Film Institute in London, Britain January 11, 2017.
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LOS ANGELESĀ - Oscar winner Ben Affleck said on Thursday he had completed a 40-day residential alcohol rehab programme but said that battling addiction "is a lifelong and difficult struggle."

Affleck, 46, who also went to rehab in 2017 and 2001, said in a posting on his Instagram account that he remained in outpatient care, and thanked his family, friends and fans for their support.

"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 wrote.

Affleck has three children with actress Jennifer Garner. The couple separated in 2015 but in August Garner was pictured in Los Angeles driving Affleck to a treatment centre.

Affleck shot to fame in 1998 when he shared a screenplay Oscar for drama "Goodwill Hunting" with his best friend Matt Damon. In 2013, he took home a second Oscar for best picture winner "Argo," which he produced and directed.

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