Dax Shepard bravely admitted this week that he relapsed with painkillers after 16 years of sobriety. In a new episode of his “Armchair Expert” podcast, Dax Shepard speaks candidly about using painkillers following a motorcycle accident.
Shepard’s wife Kristen Bell was given the responsibility of doling out his prescriptions and Shepard said that there was initially “no problem” with this arrangement. He says during a trip to visit with his father who was battling cancer, Shepard was given the responsibility of making sure his dad took his own prescribed painkillers.
“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, noting that he “probably took twice of what my other prescription was.”
That was eight years ago but then Shepard had another accident and began altering his prescribed medications more and more often adding that things got “shadier and shadier,” purchasing his own pills and lying to people he loved.
Shepard shared that while he’s still “very proud” of his 16 years of sobriety from alcohol and cocaine, he has “not been sober in the way I would like to be sober, where you don’t have secrets and you’re not afraid to tell people about the grey area you’re going through.”
Hear more of this emotional story below.