Behind Dax Shepard’s Relapse

In what was a huge shock to anyone invested in pop culture, comedian and actor Dax Shepard revealed that he has relapsed after being sober for 16 years. On a recent episode of his popular podcast “Armchair Expert”, he revealed that he has been battling an opioid addiction.

As a well-known celebrity, Shepard is looked up to by many recovering addicts around the country. Typically upfront and honest about his past struggles, both he and his wife, Kristen Bell, have never shied away of discussing his battle with addiction. Posting to social media about his sobriety anniversaries, the family is proud of Dax and his ability to overcome his addiction.

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As such, his recent revelation has shocked many, both inside and outside of the sober community. In the podcast episode where he came clean about his slip-up, Shepard said shared that this was “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.”

In that episode, Shepard discusses that he has been dealing with a Vicodin addiction for the last couple of months. Vicodin is a commonly abused opioid painkiller. What started as taking the painkiller to treat a shoulder injury following a motorcycle accident, quickly turned into a situation where he was “on them all day”.

Once Shepard came to the realization that the Vicodin addiction was real, he attempted to wean himself off of the pills. This was an unsuccessful attempt, as is usually the case with self-weaning for an addiction.

Finally, Shepard approached his wife and friends and informed them that he had been keeping his addiction a secret. Then, he shared his story with his entire fan base on the podcast “Armchair Expert”. Shepard has been detoxing for a number of days, experiencing many typical withdrawal symptoms such as back pain, jerkiness, and sweating.

While Shepard previously battled with an addiction to alcohol and cocaine (which he says he has not consumed in 16 years), the opioid setback is not one to be taken lightly. Luckily, Shepard seems to have taken the right steps to get the help that he needs. After discussing coming clean, Shepard said,

“I feel so much better. Again I knew my life was going to get worse and worse and worse, like I knew it. And I now feel again like my life’s going to get better.”

Good luck to Dax Shepard as he begins his important new journey of a healthy and sober life.

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