It's been more than a year since Ben Affleck's latest stint in rehab, and those who know the actor best say that he's been taking his recovery very seriously during that time.
Sadly, addiction is a complex and persistent disease, and sometimes, the best intentions and the best possible support network are not enough to keep it at bay.
Affleck attended a party over the weekend, and TMZ cameras caught the Oscar winner stumbling out of the event in a Halloween mask and holding onto a nearby car for support.
Ben was eventually able to get into the backseat of a car, and he left the scene in the company of an unidentified female companion.
Obviously, news of his relapse is disappointing to Ben's loved ones and fans.
But fortunately, it seems that Affleck is taking this latest setback in stride.
The day after he was spotted leaving the party, Ben showed up at ex-wife Jennifer Garner's house looking no worse for wear.
When confronted by a TMZ cameraman, Affleck acknowledged his relapse and affirmed his renewed commitment to sobriety.
"It was a slip, but I'm not gonna let it derail me," the actor assured the paps.
Speaking with People magazine, a source revealed that Ben fully understands the severity of his condition
“Sobriety is difficult and elusive for everyone struggling with addiction,” says the unidentified friend.
“Ben has acknowledged he’s going to slip up from time to time. It was never as if this was simply behind him.”
On social media, Ben did not address the incident directly, but did confirm recent reports that he's been using the exclusive dating app Raya.
"HA, you got me. I’m dating. But let’s be serious for a moment and talk about something that is actually important," Affleck wrote. "I have been in recovery for over a year and part of that is helping out others.
He then revealed a donation to the Midnight Mission, an organization that serves the homeless population of Southern California.
Ben concluded his post by challenging Raya and others to follow his philanthropic lead.
Hey, might as well use all that unwelcome tabloid scrutiny to bring attention to a worthy cause!
For most people, the road to recovery is a long and winding one.
And we wish Ben all the best as he navigates its many twists and turns.