Following 16 years of being sober, actor and comedian Dax Shepard uncovered he has been doing combating an opioid addiction.
The disclosure came Friday during the most recent episode of his well known podcast “Armchair Expert.”
“An episode I hoped I’d never have to record, but one I felt I owed to all the beautiful Armcheries who have been on this ride with me for the last couple years,” Shepard said in an Instagram post announcing the episode.
In the episode, Shepard – known for his roles on “Parenthood” – definite the knocks of his journey, most recently managing an addiction on Vicodin, the opioid painkiller. Throughout the previous two months, he stated, he had been “on them all day,” subsequent to taking them initially for wounds.
This prompted a circumstance where he was “taking, you know, eight 30s a day, and I know that’s an amount that’s going to result in a pretty bad withdrawal. And I start getting really scared, and I’m starting to feel really lonely. And I just have this enormous secret.”
At first Shephard said he attempted to fix the issue himself by gradually weaning off the pills – however it didn’t work.
Yet, this month, he uncovered his addiction on spouse Kristen Bell and his companions. As of Friday, he is on day 11 of being sober again.
Shepard has previously managed addiction on cocaine and alcohol, which he says he has not contacted in 16 years. The actor has been open about his recuperation journey, examining it in the past on his podcast and in interviews.