Kristen Bell Breaks Silence on Husband Dax Shepard’s Relapse After 16 Years of Sobriety

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In a brand new interview, Kristen Bell has spoken out for the first time since her husband, Dax Shepard’s relapse.

And Kristen was commendably honest and on-the-line about the entire thing.

The comedy star is well known for roles on Veronica Mars, Gossip Girl, and The Good Place. 

Dax is a multitalented actor, writer, director, and podcast host.

They’ve been together for a long time – but decided to delay their marriage until California legalized same-sex marriage in 2013. What a couple of cuties!

They’re incredibly cute together, and can often be spotted in adorably intimate public displays of affection.

They’re very open about how they want to remain young and fun, even as they grow old together. Adorable. 

What’s fantastic about Dax and Kristen is how open they are about how much work it takes to make a successful marriage.

And, though they make both look like great fun, they also admit that it’s not always rosy. In fact, the pair have admitted to being enrolled in couple’s therapy to make sure that they make it work.

And talking about the difficulties of marriage and parenthood only serve to normalize these issues and make everyone feel a bit better about their imperfect lives.

He’s claimed, that from the age of just eighteen until the year 2004, he struggled on and off with substance abuse.

Having an addict partner is never easy, so we take our hats off to Bell for constantly standing by Dax’s side.

“I know how much you loved using. I know how much it got in your way. And I know, because I saw, how hard you worked to live without it. I will forever be in awe of your dedication, and the level of fierce moral inventory you perform on yourself, like an emotional surgery, every single night […] I’m so proud that you have never been ashamed of your story, but instead shared it widely, with the hope it might inspire someone else to become the best version of themselves. You have certainly inspired me to do so,” she previously said.

But, last month, the star shared the news on his podcast that he had relapsed and begun abusing opioid painkillers.

Falling back into the grips of addiction.

Especially after so many years of sobriety.

And asked for help to combat this relapse.

On Tuesday, the actress made an appearance on The Ellen Show via video chat.

Speaking about her husband, Kristen stated that “everybody’s up against their own demons.”

“Sometimes it’s anxiety and depression, sometimes it’s substance abuse.”

“The thing I love most about Dax is A, that he was able to tell me and tell us and say, ‘We need a different plan.’”

In the instance that he needs to take any medication, Kristen must be the one to administer it.

“But he was like, ‘So we need a stronger plan. I was faltering and I have to do some sort of emotional work to figure out why I wanted to use again’.”

“He’s addicted to evolving and he was like, ‘I don’t want to risk this family and I did, so let’s put new things in place to make sure it doesn’t happen again’,” she explained.

“We’re going back to therapy. I love that he’s addicted to growth and I will continue to stand by him ‘cause he’s very, very worth it.”

Now that’s what you call couple goals.

We wish Dax all the best in his recovery.