It wasn't all that long ago that each new report about Ben Affleck seemed to indicate that the Oscar winner was inching perilously close to the kind of rock bottom from which he would never bounce back.
Fortunately, these days, we have nothing but good news to report on the Batfleck front.
(Probably time to retire that nickname now that Ben has hung up his cape and cowl for good, but it's a classic!)
According to a new report from People magazine, Affleck celebrated one year of sobriety this week.
The news follows years of reports of Ben's alcoholism and the effects it had on his career and family life.
Affleck checked into rehab several times with the full intention of getting clean, only to relapse a few weeks or months later.
His latest in-patient stint came after ex-wife Jennifer Garner held an intervention at Ben's home in response to troubling reports about his partying.
“Ben is in a great place both in his recovery and life,” a source close to Affleck tells People.
“He continues to want to be the best father and friend he can be.”
The insider confirms that Ben's three kids have been instrumental in his recovery.
“He and Jen do amazingly well at co-parenting the children,” the source says.
“They have shared a great summer with the kids doing outings, travels, etc. They have a very trusting and special relationship.”
As for the co-parenting relationship between Ben and Jen, the insider claims it's stronger than ever now that Ben has put down the bottle.
“Ben’s relationship with Jen is strong. She’s really supportive of Ben, and they work very closely on parenting their kids,” the source says.
“Ben has found balance between his work and home life,” adds the tipster.
Without going into specifics, the insider indicates that Ben has found several treatment methods that work for him:
“He remains committed to a number of treatment and wellness methods that focus on his health,” the source reveals.
“He is really enjoying his summer with the family,”
Along with his kids and their mon, Affleck was spotted at LA's Barton G restaurant earlier this week, and it seems all was well within the Affleck clan:
“Ben was just doting over his kids,” one onlooker told People.
We love to hear it.
Congrats to Ben on his first year of sobriety -- here's to many more.