Getting Candid About Addiction

Dax Shepard Opens Up About Why He Was Private About Relapsing: "I Had All Kinds Of Bizarre Fears"

Dax Shepard Opens Up About Why He Is Private About Relapsing: "I Had All Kinds Of Bizarre Fears"

Dax Shepard is getting honest about his fears and anxieties surrounding coming forward with his addiction battle, including his relapse. It was revealed in 2020 that the actor had relapsed after 16 years sober.

After being vocally sober for 16 years, Dax Shepard faced struggles in 2020, causing a relapse. The actor opened up while appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show about his fears of letting people know the truth.

His wife, Kristen Bell, has frequently been honest about their battle with Shepard's alcoholism, but Shepard opens up about the stress of being in the public. 

Dax Shepard reveals his relapse struggles

While openly talking about his sobriety journey, Dax Shepard reveals that he's warier when it comes to being honest about the less positive aspects of his sobriety journey, talking about his anxieties behind being honest in regards to relapse.

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Dax Shepard attends the People's Choice Awards 2017.

Talking with Ellen DeGeneres, the actor opens up about what happens behind closed doors and his worries surrounding the dark side of addiction.

"I had all kinds of bizarre fears," he said to the host. "I have sponsors on my show. Is that something that could cost me money financially?"

"I get so much esteem out of being someone who is vocally sober and I have people who write me on month one or on week two and I love that," he continued. "That’s my favourite thing about being in public. So I was just terrified that I would lose that. I really cherish that."

Originally wanting to keep it a secret, Shepard revealed that it was a friend who urged the actor to be honest about his relapse. 

"You know, if your real goal is to help people, it’s not very helpful that you’re 16 years sober and married to Kristen Bell," he said.

"That doesn’t help a ton of people," he recalled of his friend's words. "The fact that you just fell, that’s the actual value, that’s the thing you can do that’s helpful."

Shepard added, "So when it was framed that way to me, it got a lot easier."

Shepard then joked that if you can make it out of quarantine alive, you've already succeeded.