Ben Affleck’s Famous Lifestyle ‘Makes It Difficult’ for Him to Stay Sober, Says Addiction Expert | 8/27/2018 | Staff
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Ben Affleck’s Hollywood career may be one of the factors preventing him from staying sober, an addiction expert tells PEOPLE.

Carol Liot, the clinical director of The Dunes East Hampton, an addiction treatment center in Northwest Harbor, New York, tells PEOPLE that being in the public eye could be taking a toll on the Good Will Hunting star.

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“We have a lot of high profile clients like Ben Affleck and what we do notice is that their lifestyles are so demanding that I think it makes it difficult to maintain all that,” Liot says.

Affleck, 46, entered rehab on Wednesday with a source telling PEOPLE, “He knew he needed help and was vocal about it.”

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Liot says that people with a “high profile life” have an “even more challenging” time at recovery due to lack of privacy and anonymity.

“Everything they do is sort of public knowledge,” she says. “If they’re an actor like Ben Affleck, just staying consistent with the aftercare treatment can be very challenging, depending where you are on set and where you are in the world — and kind of the demands of your work schedule.”

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Before the actor entered rehab he had been “working incredibly hard for the last year” to remain sober, a source close to Affleck told PEOPLE.

“Addiction is not something that goes away. Every day is a battle for recovering addicts, they are fighting for their sobriety and to lead healthy, balanced lives every day,” the source said.

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Liot says that the reason Affleck and others suffering from addiction relapse is not due to a “character flaw.” “Addiction is something that affects a person on multiple levels and really needs to be treated on multiple levels,” she stresses. “We have families saying, ‘If you loved me, you wouldn’t do this,’ and it just has nothing to do with that.”

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