Back in March, Ben Affleck checked into rehab to be treated for a drinking problem he had reportedly been battling for several years.
It was Affleck's second time receiving treatment for alcohol addiction, and in a statement released after he completed the program, the Oscar winner stated that he hoped getting sober would enable him to be a more attentive and dedicated father.
Affleck seemed to have every intention of staying sober.
Unfortunately, good intentions are often no match for the power of addiction, and it seems the actor has fallen back into some dangerous habits.
Ben is dating Lindsay Shookus these days, and insiders say the couple enjoys
Now, there's been no indication that Lindsay has a drinking problem, so it's probably perfectly fine for her to enjoy a few drinks.
But Ben's problem is well-documented, so it's not hard to see why his inner circle might be concerned about reports of Ben and Lindsay drinking together.
According to In Touch, family and friends have urged Ben to check back into rehab.
Affleck reportedly admits that he has a problem and needs help, but keeps delaying the start of his treatment.
“He’s spiraling out of control,” a source tells the tabloid, adding that Ben's “drinking has gotten worse."
The insider adds that Ben is well aware of the severity of the problem, but is no hurry to take corrective action:
“He knows he needs to check back into rehab,” says the source.
“The problem is that he wants to go on his terms. He wants to do it on his time, but like most addicts, that time keeps getting put off. This relapse has gone on too long already.”
The tipster adds that the concerns about Shookus encouraging Affleck's drinking are well-founded.
“Lindsay may not know it, but she’s enabling him," says the source.
“This is a disease and he wants nothing more than to be present for his family and his girlfriend."
Fortunately, the anonymous friend of Ben's believes he'll seek treatment in the very near future, claiming that “it’s only a matter of time” before the actor checks into an in-patient care facility.
Here's hoping Affleck is able to find the help he needs.