Ben Affleck is reportedly spiraling out of control as his new relationship with Lindsay Shookus appears to grow increasingly more serious.
According to a new report, friends of the actor are allegedly urging him to check into an inpatient treatment center.
Affleck's “drinking has gotten worse,” a source told In Touch Weekly magazine on October 4. “He’s spiraling out of control.”
As the outlet revealed, Affleck checked into rehab in 2001 and 2017.
“People are urging him to go into inpatient rehab,” a source close to Affleck told the magazine. “He knows he needs to check back into rehab. The problem is that he wants to go on his terms. He wants to do it on his time, but like most addicts, that time keeps getting put off. This relapse has gone on too long already.”
“When he does [get help],” said the source, “he takes the treatment very seriously and listens to all of the staff’s advice."
“It’s only a matter of time” before Affleck is in rehab again, another source said. “This is a disease and he wants nothing more than to be present for his family and his girlfriend.”
While Affleck appears to be happy in his relationship with Shookus, the magazine went on to reveal that she may not be the best influence as he was allegedly seen drinking with her at HBO’s Emmy afterparty at Pacific Design Center.
“He ordered a water [at the bar],” said a witness.
Then, after Affleck reportedly took a seat with Shookus and Curb Your Enthusiasm's Larry David, he reportedl switched to something harder.
“A waiter brought a short glass filled with whiskey and Coke,” the witness added.
“Lindsay may not know it,” says an insider, “but she’s enabling him.”