Dax Shepard reveals he's relapsed amid battle with alcoholism

This comes after years of sobriety.

American actor and comedian Dax Shepard has revealed that following a 16 year period of sobriety, he has relapsed with his opioid addiction.

Speaking candidly to fans via the latest episode of his popular podcast "Armchair Expert”, Dax made his admission.

"An episode I hoped I'd never have to record, but one I felt I owed to all the beautiful Armcheries who have been on this ride with me for the last couple years," Dax wrote in an Instagram post announcing the episode.

In the confronting episode, Dax detailed the bumps of his journey, most recently dealing with an addiction to Vicodin, the opioid painkiller. Over the past two months, he said, he had been "on them all day," after being prescribed the drugs when he injured himself.

Before he knew it, Dax was "taking, you know, eight 30s a day, and I know that's an amount that's going to result in a pretty bad withdrawal. And I start getting really scared, and I'm starting to feel really lonely. And I just have this enormous secret."

When Dax first realised he felt himself slipping back into old habits he slowly tried to wean himself off the pills, however he was unsuccessful. A month later, he confessed he had an addiction to his wife Kristen Bell and his closest friends.

At this stage he is on day 11 of being sober once more. "I'm making Kristen feel crazy,"

In the episode, Shepard –– known for his role on Parenthood – detailed the bumps of his journey, most recently dealing with an addiction to Vicodin, the opioid painkiller.

For the last eight weeks, he said, he had been "on them all day," after taking them originally for injuries.

Before he knew it, the actor was "taking, you know, eight 30s a day, and I know that's an amount that's going to result in a pretty bad withdrawal."

"And I start getting really scared, and I'm starting to feel really lonely. And I just have this enormous secret."

When Dax first felt himself slipping back into old habits, he slowly tried to wean off the pills, however he was  unsuccessful.

Shortly after, he confessed his addiction to wife Kristen Bell and some of his clostest friends. At this stage, he is on day 11 of being sober again. "I'm making Kristen feel crazy," he said. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In the past, Shepard has previously dealt with addiction to cocaine and alcohol, which he says he has not touched in 16 years. The actor has been open about his recovery journey, often addressing it on his podcast.

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As previously reported on LifeStyle, the Parenthood actor took to Twitter to share an update with fans on his life with addiction.

"12 years ago today I came out of my last toxic, life threatening stupor. I now have a wife & babies & some self-esteem #gratitude #promises," he wrote at the time.

 

 

Wishing Dax all the best on this journey.

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