As OK! readers know, a video surfaced of Ben, 47, looking drunk during a Halloween party on October 26. The Oscar winner seemingly broke his sobriety while at the Unicef Masquerade Ball in Hollywood. As the father of three was leaving La Peer Hotel, it looked like he had trouble walking and had to use a car to steady himself.
Matt and Ben were childhood friends in Boston, MA well before they became Hollywood A-listers. They co-wrote and starred in the Oscar-winning film Good Will Hunting together way back in 1997.
Ben's rep said in a statement at the time of the incident, "Sobriety is difficult and elusive for everyone struggling with addiction. Ben has acknowledged he’s going to slip up from time to time. It was never as if this was simply behind him.”
The Triple Frontier actor admitted he had a relapse days after his slip-up while hanging out with ex-wife Jennifer Garner in front of her home. According to reports, Ben spoke to photographers and confessed he had to work harder at maintaining his sobriety. “Well, you know, it happens. It’s a slip, but I’m not going to let it derail me,” he said.
Just hours before he attended the Halloween party, the Live By Night directer shared on Instagram that he had over a year in recovery and revealed he was donating to the addiction charity, Midnight Mission. "I have been in recovery for over a year and part of that is helping out others. @themidnightmission is an incredible organization that helps those in need with housing, training, development and recovery. I’m making a donation today because there are people battling addiction every day that don’t have the resources and need help," he wrote.
If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol addiction, please call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).