Dax Shepard announces relapse after 16 years of sobriety

On his podcast, Actor Dax Shepard shared that after 16 years of sobriety he relapsed. He said he is now 11 days sober.
2:49 | 09/26/20

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our "Gma" cover story. Dax Shepard sharing on his podcast that he relapsed after 16 years of sobriety. Zohreen Shaw has the details. Reporter: Good morning, whit. In real life Dax Shepard convinced his wife Kristen bell that he was okay but said on his podcast he recently relapsed, he said he was scared, he was lonely, and he realized he could no longer keep such an enormous secret. Hollywood couple Kristen bell and Dax Shepard are known for being open and honest about the realities of their relationship including Dax's 16 years of sobriety from alcohol and drugs. Now Dax is opening up on his podcast about a recent relapse with prescription pain pills, revealing he began abusing opioids after being prescribed painkillers after a motorcycle accident, said he initially convinced himself he had it under control. For the last eight weeks, I'm on them all day. In my addict brain, I'm doing all the dishes and I'm being a dad, and it's feeling very manageable. Reporter: Finally realizing he needed help to quit saying he came clean to his wife Kristen and his arm chair expert podcast co-host Monica padman. I'm making you feel crazy and I'm making Kristen feel crazy, I start crying a little bit, and then I tell you guys everything. And I give you the remaining stuff I have, and I say please help me because I'm not doing this well. Reporter: Earlier this month Kristen posted a tribute to her husband on his 16 year sobriety birthday, writing happy birthday day, thank you for dedicating your life to the hard and wonderful work of sobriety so we could share it with you. Dax said part of the reason he was scared to admit he relapsed is because of the people who viewed him as a sober role model. I can't imagine going to a live show and having some three-week sober person tell me, I want to have 16 years like you, that would just kill me. So if you got more than seven days, you got more than me so you're my elder and I look up to you. Reporter: Experts say relapses like Dax's are common. He represents many many people across this country who relapsed during this pandemic, and now it's time for them, as he is, to get back on the horse so to speak, and to keep moving forward because it is a day by day, moment by moment process. And once someone feels like they have it under control, that's when they're most vulnerable. Reporter: Dax posted on Instagram yesterday he was 11 days sober. Every single day he wanted to celebrate. His wife Kristen has not commented publicly about it yet. Whit? As that woman noted in your piece there, those relapses are incredibly common, and it's a lifelong process and struggle for so many people, zohreen, thank you so much for bringing attention to this story.

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