Last month, Ben Affleck checked into rehab for the third time.
The move followed an intervention from Affleck’s estranged wife, Jennifer Garner, in which she implored the actor to seek treatment for the sake of the former couple’s three children.
While insiders have reported that Affleck was drunk and belligerent during the intervention, he eventually conceded that he was in need of treatment, and when Garner offered to drive him to the facility, he went willingly.
Which is why new reports that Affleck has left treatment and returned to his Beverly Hills home have come as such a surprise to so many who wished the Oscar winner well.
According to Radar Online, Affleck was spotted entering his mansion today looking disheveled and exhausted.
And witnesses say there’s reason to believe he’s already returned to his old ways.
Prior to checking into rehab, Affleck was spending time with Shauna Sexton, a 22-year-old Playboy model whom he was rumored to be dating.
Sexton has made no secret of her penchant for booze and partying, and some have even gone so far as to blame her for Ben’s latest relapse.
Obviously, that’s absurd, as Ben’s a 46-year-old man capable of making his own decisions — but still, many are taking the fact that Sexton visited Affleck shortly after his return home as sure sign that he’s off the wagon.
While reps for the actor confirm that Affleck left treatment, returned home, and received a visit from Sexton, they maintain that there’s no concern, as Ben remains committed to his sobriety.
Apparently, Affleck has reached an agreement with those in charge of his treatment wherein he will be permitted to return home to work out in his own gym.
Sources close to Ben say he will continue to leave the facility on a regular basis but will return promptly after completing his workout.
There are still concerns about his mental state, however, as Radar reports that Ben decided to head home for the first time following a particularly brutal day of treatment.
According to insiders, this was the week that Ben began “intense family therapy sessions” and he’s found the experience almost unbearably intense.
It seems Ben found his “confession sessions” with Jen to be particularly taxing, as he was forced to open up about his affair with Christine Ouzounian, the couple’s nanny, whom Ben allegedly slept with while he and Garner were still married.
“This is the latest sad chapter in Ben’s rehab,” says one source.
“He’s finding the process really painful and this did nothing to help.”
The insider says that Ben expected the session to be grueling but found it far more difficult than he had anticipated.
“He and Jen both wound up in tears after the first session when he opened up about his affair and relationships since his split with Jennifer,” says the insider.
“It opened up a lot of old wounds.”
No word yet on whether Ben has returned to treatment following today’s workout session.
We wish Affleck and his family all the best as he continues down the hard road to recovery.