Dax Shepard reveals he relapsed after 16 years of sobriety

Dax Shepard printed this week on his well-liked podcast, “Armchair Knowledgeable,” that he relapsed after 16 years of sobriety.

Shepard shared the unfiltered tale of his fight with the painkiller Vicodin, which stemmed from a bike twist of fate in 2012 and next accidents. 

Whilst Shepard stated he to start with had “no downside” with taking Vicodin, administered through his spouse, Kristen Bell, he famous that he began to fight when he used to be due to this fact given the duty of making sure his father, who have been recognized with most cancers, took his personal prescribed painkillers.  

“So I give him a number of Percocet after which I’m going, ‘I’ve a prescription for this, and I used to be in a bike twist of fate, and I am gonna take some too,'” Shepard stated, including that he “most likely took two times of what my different prescription used to be.”

It used to be then that Shepard admitted he “began panicking slightly” that he might be relapsing. He stated he confessed to his spouse in an instant, and stated she comforted him.  

“And I did simply transfer on and it used to be superb,” he stated.

Kristen Bell (R) and husband actor Dax Shepard arrive for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards on January 6, 2019, on the Beverly Hilton resort in Beverly Hills, California.

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Shepard suffered a number of extra accidents this 12 months, and stated he began getting “shadier and shadier” together with his painkiller use. He shared that he began buying tablets for the primary time extra just lately, however he knew he had to give up when he began mendacity to the folks round him.

“I used to be simply very scared and I felt very, very lonely,” Shepard stated.

Shepard stated he got here blank to his podcast co-host, Monica Padman, and Bell on the identical time in fresh weeks, giving all of them of his final tablets, after suffering to get blank privately. He apologized profusely, announcing he used to be “embarrassed” to inform the tale each as a result of his ego and the way his public sobriety had impressed such a lot of folks. 

He additionally did not need his relapse to have an effect on his spouse and her stories with the click. “I am sorry and embarrassed that I have put folks on this state of affairs,” he stated.

Previous this month, Shepard celebrated his 16th 12 months of sobriety all through an Alcoholics Nameless assembly, however stated he used to be top and known as it “the worst hour of my lifestyles.” 

He stated he used to be in a position to proportion his habit tale all through a gathering simply 24 hours after being off opiates, announcing he felt constructive for the primary time in a very long time. 

Shepard recorded the episode of the podcast on Monday, when he used to be seven days sober. He stated he’s nonetheless “very proud” of being 16 years sober from alcohol and cocaine, including, “I now really feel once more like my lifestyles’s going to recover.” 

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