Addiction is something that never stops being a challenge, as Dax Shepard shared with his recent revelation that he'd fallen off the wagon after 16 years of sobriety.
During an appearance with Ellen DeGeneres, Kristen Bell opened up about how the family has made adjustments in the wake of his relapse while revealing some of the processes they'd already had in place to try and help him remain clean and sober.
And despite this setback, Kristen still has nothing but praise, love, and support for her husband.
She told Ellen that one of the things that impresses her so much about Dax is his self-awareness. Even as he relapsed from his sobriety, she said, "He was able to tell me and tell us and say, we need a different plan."
Kristen offered a glimpse into how the couple has managed his addiction issues, for example saying, "If he has to take medication for any reason, I have to administer it."
In this moment, Dax told her they needed "a stronger plan."
According to Kristen, he said, "I was faltering and I have to do some sort of emotional work to figure out why I wanted to use again." It's an incredible statement of awareness and vulnerability, willing to acknowledge that there was something happening in his life to drive him into these habits, so it is his responsibility to do the work and figure it out.
"He was like, I don’t want to risk this family and I did, so let’s put new things in place to make sure it doesn’t happen again," Kristen shared. ". And he’s-- you know, we’re going back to therapy ... and I will continue to stand by him, ‘cause he’s very, very worth it."
She described him as "addicted to growth, addicted to evolving." Luckily for her, his devotion to her and their family, and even that evolution she talked about, was strong enough for him to be honest with her about his relapse and then partner with her to work through it.
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