Is Ben Affleck struggling with addictions again?

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Affleck arriving at a massage therapist's office recently with wife Jennifer Garner

LaineyGossip is strongly hinting that Ben Affleck has relapsed and is struggling with alcohol, prescription pill and gambling addictions.

The gossip blogger claims that, while there were already "signs," trouble really began when Affleck hurt his back while on a ski vacation in late 2013 and began to self-medicate. While wife Jennifer Garner "really tries to take care of him," Affleck is "messy" while attending Hollywood functions alone: "There have been times lately where he's been so drunk, he's the dude passed out on the couch when everyone else has gone home. Either that or he's the dude who's all over the tall, attractive model type."

Affleck previously admitted himself to rehab in August 2001, with his publicist commenting: "Ben is a self-aware and smart man who has decided that a fuller life awaits him without alcohol." In the week leading up to his admission to the Promises centre in Malibu, Affleck won $800,000 (and tipped waitresses and dealers a total of $150,000) while playing blackjack at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino during a Las Vegas trip with Matt Damon. Damon was later staying at Affleck's LA home when he made the decision to seek help for his addictions.

His 2001 rehab visit wasn't his first public reference to alcoholism. In a 1998 interview with USA Weekend, Affleck declared he had quit drinking: "I started regretting some things I did when I was drunk. It's funny to be obnoxious or out of control, but then it's like, 'I think I hurt that person's feelings. I made a fool of myself' or 'I didn't want to kiss that girl' ... Now it's kind of depressing to be bombed at 3 in the morning."

Affleck's own father struggled with alcoholism and gambling. His parents split when he was 11 and his father's life "sort of hit the skids when I was in my teens. It was difficult. When one's parent is an alcoholic, it's hard. It was a little scary and trying ... He sort of wrecked his life really badly. There was that model there for me of failure. Me feeling like, “I’m not going to do that. I’m not going to be him.'

Affleck based the character of an underachieving therapist (played by Robin Williams) in Good Will Hunting on his father, a "very gifted writer and thinker" who once worked alongside Dustin Hoffman and Robert Duvall in a Boston theatre company: "He had a lot of tragedy in his family, a lot of pain, and he drank to ease some of that pain. Once you start drinking too much, it's hard to fulfil your ambitions. He became a pretty serious alcoholic. He's sober now. He's been sober for 20 years, and I think it's incredibly admirable. But when he was drinking, he fell apart. My mom kicked him out, and then he was kicking around and living on the street."

His father's gambling also led to unpredictability: "At the end of the football season, there would either be tough times or we'd get a VCR."

Affleck has said these family problems led to issues at school: "I was a bit of a fuck-up. I got really good grades until the last two years, and then I didn't. I was having issues around my dad and my mom, and things just weren't that stable - though that puts the responsibility on them, when really I just lost focus and stopped caring."

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