All The Old Habits

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[Blind Gossip] This very famous Oscar-winning star is in serious trouble.

You probably know about one issue for which he went to rehab years ago. His publicists did a good job controlling those early reports, so you didn’t know about all the rest of his habits. You probably also thought that he’s been clean ever since.

Not even close.

There were recent reports that he was once again indulging in one behavior that had been a problem for him the the past.

Actually, all of his old habits are back! The drinking, the gambling, the sex. All of it.

The biggest problem is that he thinks that he doesn’t have a problem! Indeed, his life looks good from the outside. He is still good-looking, rich, famous, married and working a lot.

He thinks that he is smarter than his addiction. He believes that he has a good amount of willpower, and that he can indulge in his vices in a controlled way. However, he can’t. He started doing one thing and it took only five minutes before the floodgates opened wide and he was doing everything.

He has a wife who loves him and will stand by him. She couldn’t convince him to get help, though, so she called on a long-time friend of his (a famous actor) to intervene, which he did willingly and quickly. However, so far, our star is still refusing help from all parties.


His Wife:

His Friend:

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Star: Ben Affleck

His Wife: Jennifer Garner

His Friend: Matt Damon

We told you over a year ago that Ben Affleck was in serious trouble again. To understand why, you have to go back to 2001.

Ben Affleck went to rehab in 2001 for alcohol abuse. At least, that’s what his reps said at the time.

However, what you may not know is that Affleck was also in rehab for a nasty c*caine add*ction. That particular affliction was not reported in the press to spare him from being branded as a hard drug add*ct. He was also using gambling and sex in destructive ways, although we do not know if he was diagnosed as a gambling addict or a sex addict.

Any one of those issues would have been a problem on its own. The combination of the four, however, makes Affleck a poster child for self-destructive behavior. In fact, his habits and binges were so extreme that actor Charlie Sheen was the one who talked him into rehab. And you know that if Charlie Sheen is telling you that you have a problem, you have a PROBLEM!

Affleck cleaned up and went on to marry Garner and start a family a few years later. However, as any Friend of Bill will tell you, add*ction is a cunning, baffling and powerful disease.

We’re not doctors, so we can’t authoritatively say that Affleck is currently an alcoholic, a drug addict, a gambling addict, and/or a sex addict. Last year, when he was seen spending a lot of time in casinos, it was clear that his gambling problem had returned. However, we also heard that his backslide into gambling was accompanied by the return of multiple old habits, and that those habits were putting an incredible strain on his marriage.

His wife and his friends (like Matt Damon) knew that Affleck was out of control, and tried to intervene. Affleck would not go back to rehab. That’s when we wrote the original blind.

Affleck did agree to go to marriage counseling. A good part of the time was spent dealing with Affleck’s individual demons, which, not surprisingly, were significant contributing factors to their marital problems. However, even though he knew that those habits were destroying him and his family, Affleck either could not or would not stop.

You’ll probably hear lots of conflicting stories about why this marriage broke up. If you want to believe it was because they grew apart or because of career conflicts or travel schedules, go ahead. But the real reason is that Affleck simply will not stop engaging in multiple self-destructive habits, and refuses to get help to do so.

Jennifer Garner stood by him for years. She tried to help him. Matt Damon and other friends tried to help him. However, you can’t force an adult to go to rehab. You can’t force them to change. In the end, Jennifer Garner had to do what was best for herself and their kids. She will continue to protect their children’s best interests during the course of their divorce.

Josiew25 was first with the correct answer! Did you catch the subtle clues? We used the word “good” four times, and “will”, “willpower” and “willingly.” This should have led you to Good Will Hunting, the film for which Affleck and Damon won an Academy Award.

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  1. josiew25 says

    Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and Matt Damon. Ben has addiction problems that have been resurfacing, and recently had that gambling incident in Vegas.

    • Peony says

      I guessed Ben right off. Their pressures are immense in Hollywood and I’m wondering what was the trigger for this relapse?

      • jonty30 says

        There was probably no trigger, per se. For many people, their addictions are a lot like water balloons being filled, drip by drip. How fast that water balloon fills, before it bursts, and they become compelled to fill their desire, can be affected by many things: boredom, a family fight, a sense of failure, pressure, etc.

        When addict fills his desire, that is when he feels normal.

    • stanton says

      Anybody that date J-Lo ain’t sober. HE is a mess. He might be a better actor if he stays clean. He has always been TERRIBLE as an actor.

    • LAGAL says

      yea but no sympathy for Jen
      she cheated on Michael Vartan and Scott foley
      Who would leave michael vartan for ben affleck? yuck!!!
      I saw gone girl and thought it was one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen
      and Ben afflleck is an awful actor
      actually he is as much class as jlo –none

    • mugofmead111 says

      good catch! that went over my head (duh!)

      i just guessed matt damon for the friend anyway because it’s well established that’s ben’s BFF. 😉

  2. DannyM says

    Star: Ben Affleck
    His Wife: Jennifer Garner
    His Friend: Matt Damon

    He went into Rehab in 2001 didn’t he? I really have no clue tbh but this is my best guess.

  3. dmatay says

    Star Ben Afleck
    His Wife Jennifer Gardner
    His friend Matt Damon

    Shame for his children that he won’t get the help he needs.

  4. rachelelizabeth says

    Brad Pitt – Oscar for 12 years a slave best picture…

    friend is George Clooney

    Known for his “pot smoking”

  5. geewhiz says

    Easy peasey…

    The ungrateful sh*t Ben Affleck
    Foolishly loyal to a fault Jennifer Garner
    Stand up friend Matt Damon

    Jennifer get out and save yourself and your kids!

    • wendy hood says

      Unless theres an added dimension of domestic violence, simply removing herself and the kids from living with their father wont “save” anyone. Sometimes it pays off to keep fighting for the good person you can see inside those bad habits.

      Keep fighting, Jen.

      • mugofmead111 says

        i respectfully disagree. at this point it’s not just about *him*; there are three minor children involved. they shouldn’t be exposed to this crap. if he can’t get it together for his kids, then maybe jennifer garner should remove them from that environment for the sake of the children.

        reportedly this was why philip seymour hoffman and his girlfriend were separated at the time of his death. the kids were living with her. we all know how that story ended. (p.s. there wasn’t any whispers of domestic violence involved there either.)

  6. chandler02 says

    Star: Ben Affleck

    His Wife: Jennifer Garner

    His Friend: Matt Damon (Clues: good amount of “will” power, his friend helped “willingly” = Good Will Hunting)

  7. AR09 says

    Star: Ben Affleck

    His Wife: Jennifer Garner

    His Friend: Matt Damon

    It’s hard to grasp on the image of sleeping around on his wife. I hope he gets help! He always looks so sad on candids while out with his family.

  8. whatnow says

    Star: Ben affleck

    Wife:Jennifer Garner

    Friend: Matt Damon

    Not sure why but this is who comes to mind

  9. SouthJerseyGirl says

    Star – Ben Affleck
    Wife who loves and stands by him: Jennifer Garner
    His best friend – Matt Damon

  10. gadzooks says

    Star: Brad Pitt
    His wife: Angelina Jolie
    His friend: George Clooney

    *Note references to: “floodgates opened wide” (His efforts in the Hurricane Katrina aftermath) and “five minutes” = five kids.

    • tellmemore says

      Don’t think so – Brad’s not married, and they have 6 kids. This sounds like Ben Affleck, given his recent gambling hi jinks.

  11. bonou2 says

    Ben Affleck
    Jennifer Garner
    Matt Damon

    I hope he can get it together addiction ruins too many lives :-(

  12. lilspinchick says

    Star: Ben Affleck

    His Wife: Jennifer Garner

    His (long time) Friend: Matt Damon

    He “previously” had a major gambling problem which he recently got booted from a casino for getting caught counting cards.

    “Will”power = Good Will Hunting, the movie he won an Academy Award with Matt Damon

    The image looks like his scruffy face.

  13. buckeyechik says

    Star: Ben Affleck
    Wife: Jennifer Garner
    Friend: Matt Damon

    “The gambling” was a good tip-off.

  14. lovefifteen says

    Probably Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, and Matt Damon, but I don’t see the specific word clue yet.

  15. momotink says

    Star: Ben Affleck
    Wife: Jennifer Garner
    Friend: Matt Damon

    Jennifer Garner
    Matt Damon

    • True007 says

      Possible Hint: Willpower – Good Will Hunting
      Might I add, if this is him, I’m glad his wife and best friend want him to seek help. According to some of the things, I read here, they would turn a blind eye to the entire situation.
      Hope Affleck gets help. He’s the new Batman and looks mighty impressive despite the early criticisms.
      We don’t need another star to die before a Batman film hits theaters (RIP Heath Ledger).

  16. GalWriter says

    Ben Affleck–facial stubble looks like the picture from Batman, has been in the news lately for heavy gambling and alleged card counting, has been to rehab before

    • minx says

      He’s such a talented guy, has a beautiful family, has won awards, but he just never looks that happy.

  17. paradisewithicecreamskies says

    Star: Ben Affleck
    His Wife: Jennifer Garner
    Friend: Matt Damon

  18. brobdingnagian says

    Star: Ben Affleck

    His Wife: Jennifer Garner

    His Friend: Matt Damon

    Sad, hopefully he’ll get himself together soon. I Feel for wife and kids as well!!

  19. kspeedian says

    Ben Affleck
    Jen Garner
    Matt Damon

    Great that he at least has a friend and family to support him – he’s lucky. Hope he gets help before he loses them, and everything else. Good luck, Ben.