After 16 years of sobriety and a substance-free life, actor Dax Shepard recently revealed that he has relapsed and recently struggled with an opioid addiction. Last week, Dax Shepard released a very vulnerable and uncharacteristic episode of his podcast “Armchair”, where he bravely opens up about his recent relapse.  In this episode titled “Day 7”, Shepard tells his audience that he is 7 days sober.

He shared in an Instagram post announcing the podcast 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.” Shepard has always been very honest with his fans about his struggle with substance abuse and this was no exception.

Most recently, Shepard admitted that he is dealing with an addiction to the opioid painkiller Vicodin, after he started taking them for his injuries due to a motorcycle accident. He described in the podcast how he ended up “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.”

Addiction is a Disease

Also, in his podcast, Shepard, along with his co-host actress Monica Padman, made a point to emphasize that addiction is a disease, and needs to be treated as such. Even though the stigma around addiction prevents many people from admitting they are struggling, it is important to receive necessary treatment for addiction just like any other physical or mental disease. He admitted that his ego stood in the way of his asking for help but illustrates to his listeners that asking for help should never been seen as a weakness, it is a sign of strength.

Another important point that Shepard highlights is that a relapse does not mean that all recovery process is lost. Just because he had to a bump in the road does not mean that 16 years of sobriety and progress no longer counts. Every journey comes with ups and downs, and even though recovery is not a linear progress, you can still come our stronger on the other side.