Dax Shepard speaks more candidly than ever about his journey with addiction After 16 years of sobriety, Shepard revealed that he hadn’t been fully sober the entire time, having just been from celebrate this milestone with his wife Kristen Bell and their two daughters In an episode of his Armchair Expert podcast released today, September 25, the actor said he has been secretly using pain relievers recreationally for the past eight weeks.
The episode was titled « Day 7 » to reflect how long Shepard had been sober at the time of recording, which was September 21st. It’s Now Eleven Days Sober The actor shared the news of the episode by posting a picture of himself on his Instagram and writing, “An episode I hoped I would never have to record, but one that I felt that I owed to all the beautiful Armcheries who have participated in this race for two years «
On air with co-host Monica Padman, Shepard began by sharing her story with Vicodin, which dates back eight years. « Eight years of sobriety, I didn’t do anything fishy. I didn’t do anything gray, » Shepard explained
But when he had a motorcycle accident on his way to his parenting job, Shepard was prescribed Vicodin and Bell was in charge of administering the pills to him. However, when Shepard went alone to visit his sick father, he did not bring the pills, so when he gave his father Percocet, he took some himself too. Once Bell surprised Shepard by showing where he took care of his father, the actor confessed to what he had done to his wife and felt like he could move on.
Since then, Shepard has suffered multiple injuries that have required him to get prescriptions for opioids, and although Bell and his co-host Padman have always been tasked with administering the pills to Shepard, he admits that he sometimes hid the pills they gave him at night so he could take them in the morning, as they disrupted his sleep
« This cycle happens maybe three or four more times, » Shepard remembers « I feel fishy, but I don’t think it was a problem I didn’t want any more when it was over »
The actor often races cars on the tracks, and he started taking pills afterwards, which he said justified his « addictive spirit » « I’m going to drive a lot, » Shepard explained « After sometimes driving on the track, I feel like I have the right to take two Vicodins at the end of the day because it hurts. It doesn’t seem so crazy to me yet »
“In the last eight weeks maybe I don’t know… I’m on them all day,” Shepard said “I’m allowed to be on them at a certain dosage because I have a prescription And then I increase that too And then all the prescriptions are gone and I only take 30 mil Oxys that I bought every time I decide I can do it «
Shepard says he justified his use by telling himself that he still had control over his personal and professional responsibilities, and that it had not reached a point where those close to him noticed a difference in him.However, when people like Padman started to see a change in his behavior, he started to lie about his sobriety
« But my tolerance is increasing so fast that I’m now in a situation where I’m taking, you know, eight and a half hours a day, and I know that’s an amount that’s going to lead to a really bad withdrawal And I’m starting to be really scared, and I’m starting to feel really lonely And I just have this huge secret «
Shepard revealed that even at his AA meeting on his sobriety birthday, when his friends celebrated his milestone, he was actually high He called the event « the worst hour of my life » Bell and her daughters also posted on Instagram to mark the sobriety anniversary
Finally, a few weeks ago, Shepard decided to go to confession to both Bell and Padman at the same time His decision to publicly share the story of his bumpy road comes down to his guilt for putting on a false facade « I can’t imagine going to a live show and having a sober three-week-old person say to me, ‘I want to be 16 like you,' » Shepard explained. « It would kill me just for doing that »
Host Armchair Expert apologized for lying to his co-host and close on-air friend Padman, and ended the podcast on a hopeful note « If you have more than seven days, you have more than me You are my oldest and I look at you Forward and upwards »
If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse issues and need help, you can call the SAMHSA National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357 for free and confidential information.
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