Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Big of Ben a Star's Confession of Need for Rehab Helps All

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Big of Ben a Star's Confession of Need for Rehab Helps All

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Ben Affleck has been a consistent box-office attraction since gaining fame for co-writing and acting in "Good Will Hunting" with childhood friend Matt Damon.

He is one of the most successful actors in Hollywood, but after recently completing a stint in an alcohol-rehab center, he admitted in a Facebook post that his life is not perfect and he needed help:

"I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I've dealt with in the past and will continue to confront. I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be. ... I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it, and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step."

The statement is a positive example for his three children and an inspiration for others who need help but are reluctant to pursue it because of the stigma attached to alcoholism and mental illness. …

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