Kristen Bell is proud of her husband's honesty. The couple has been married for 12 years.
Being supportive of your spouse through thick and thin shows the trust and love you have for them. Hollywood actress Kristen Bell proved that when she vocally decided to be there for her husband Dax Shepard when he relapsed after 16 years of sobriety.
According to People, the actress spoke of the latest challenge she and her husband were facing while appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Talking to the host via a zoom call, the 40-year-old stated, "I will continue to stand by him because he's very, very worth it." The actress said that they were keen to figure out a new plan to deal with the relapse.
Speaking of Shepard's wellbeing, Bell stated, "He is actually doing really great... Everybody is up against their own demons. Sometimes it's anxiety and depression. Sometimes it's substance abuse."
Shepard revealed the details of his slip-up on September 25, 2020, during the episode of Armchair Expert. He explained that he used painkillers after a motorcycle accident in 2012 that followed his late father's cancer diagnosis.
“So eight years into sobriety, I have not done a single shady thing. There was nothing gray," said the Parenthood actor, according to People.
He continued, "I immediately called my sponsor and I said, ‘I’m in a ton of pain and I got to work all day, and we have friends that have Vicodin.’ And he said, ‘Okay, you can take a couple Vicodin to get through the day at work but you have to go to the doctor, and you have to get a prescription and you have to have Kristen dole out the prescription.'"
Though the arrangement worked for him initially, as days passed, it became increasingly difficult. It was got so bad that he found it tough to visit his late father when he was given the responsibility of making sure he had the pills prescribed to him.
"So I give him a bunch of Percocet and then I go, I have a prescription for this, and I was in a motorcycle accident, and I’m gonna take some too," Shepard recounted. He added he "probably took twice of what my other prescription was."
Dax began wondering if his action counted as relapse and started panicking. The next day, Shepard confessed the episode to his wife. “She’s like, ‘You clearly need to call someone in AA, but I would say you’re f— up from this accident, you got high with your dad, keep it moving. You don’t need to redefine it. You didn’t lose eight years, which was so comforting,” said Shepard.
However, with injuries that followed, Shepard spiraled back to his old ways. After breaking his hand in an accident and suffering numerous injuries earlier this year, the actor began buying his own pills. He also started lying to the people around him. Soon, he himself realized the impact of his substance abuse.
He came clean to his wife and Bell did not think twice before extending her hand in support. During the interview, Bell stated, "He's addicted to evolving. 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.'" Bell claimed she was proud of her husband's honesty and said they would go back to therapy.
"The thing I love most about Dax is... that he was able to tell me and tell us and say, 'We need a different plan.' We have a plan: if he has to take medication for any reason, I have to administer it. But he was like, 'We need a stronger plan,'" said the mother of two.
She recalled him saying, "I was faltering. I have to do some sort of emotional work to figure out why I wanted to use again," according to People.
With her husband's determination to make things right again, Bell is hopeful and happy.
The couple married in 2013 and meeting each other in 2007, according to Insider. They share two daughters.