Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have always been refreshingly candid about the struggles they deal with in their marriage. So it’s no surprise that Bell has opened up about her husband’s relapse after 16 years of sobriety, and how they’re dealing with the new challenges it brings, together.
“He is actually doing really great,” Bell told Ellen DeGeneres in a recent interview. “Everybody’s up against their own demons. Sometimes it’s anxiety and depression. Sometimes it’s substance abuse.”
Shepard suffered several injuries over the course of the year, and what started as responsibly taking prescribed pain pills eventually got “shadier and shadier” as he started purchasing pills as well.
But the actor ultimately admitted his relapse to his wife, and then to his fans on his podcast, and now Bell says he is putting in the work to make sure it never happens again.
“The thing I love most about Dax is a) that he was able to tell me, and tell us and say, ‘We need a different plan,’” Bell said. “We have a plan: If he has to take medication for any reason, I have to administer it. But he was like, ‘So we need a stronger plan. I was faltering. And I have to do some sort of emotional work to figure out why I wanted to use again.’”
She also called him “addicted to growth,” and said that he was determined to come up with safeguards to overcome this new facet of addiction to make sure he didn’t risk their family again in the future.
Shepard had previously been very open about his struggles with addiction, and though he went ahead and celebrated his 16th year of sobriety last month, he now admits he was high at the time.
But he’s still stayed clear of alcohol and cocaine — no small feat — and says his “life’s going to get better” now that he’s come clean about his struggles this year.
“We’re going back to therapy and I just love that he’s addicted to growth, and I will continue to stand by him because he’s very, very worth it,” Bell said.