Dax Shepard Didn't Want to Go Public With Relapse: Here's Why He Did

Dax Shepard went public with his relapse this past September following 16 years of sobriety. On Tuesday’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the 46-year-old Top Gear star admits that the decision to talk about it was a difficult one for him. 

“I did not want to at all. I had all kinds of bizarre fears, like, I have sponsors on my show, is that something that could cost me money, financially?” he shares, referencing his popular Armchair Expert podcast. “But the number one thing I was afraid to lose was I get so much esteem out of being someone who’s vocally sober and I have people who write me, ‘I’m month one,’ or ‘I’m week two,’ and I love that. That’s my favorite thing about being in public, so I was just terrified I would lose that. I really cherish that.” 

Things changed for Shepard when a friend put his situation in perspective. 

“And I have a good friend that said, ‘You know if your real goal is to help people, it’s not very helpful that you’re 16 years sober and married to Kristen Bell. That doesn’t help a ton of people, in fact, it probably makes their life worse. So the fact that you just fell, that’s the actual value. That’s the thing you can do that’s helpful,'” Shepard says. “So when it was framed that way to me, it got a lot easier.”

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