Dax Shepard shared how he told his young daughters ‘the whole thing’ about his relapse

Dax Shepard is opening up about how he talks to his daughters about his battle with addiction. 

After 16 years of sobriety, the 46-year-old actor revealedin September he relapsed after having to get surgery following a motorcycle accident in August. During recovery from the accident he said he started taking prescription pain pills.

“Through the course of being on opiates for a solid month and a half, out of a three-month window, I was like ‘no this is not over, I’m going to keep going.’ So then I started obtaining them illegally,” Shepard said during a Tuesday episode of “In Fact with Chelsea Clinton.”  

Shepard said he eventually “came clean” to his wife Kristen Bell and podcast co-host Monica Padman about his drug use. He also said he talks openly about it with his daughters Lincoln, 8 and Delta, 6.

“When I relapsed, we explained, ‘Well, daddy was on these pills for his surgery and then daddy was a bad boy and he started getting his own pills,’ ” Shepard said. “We tell them the whole thing.”

Dax Shepard shares how he talks to his kids about his relapse and sobriety. (Photo: Amy Sussman, Getty Images)

Shepard also said that before his relapse he was open with his oldest daughter, who was then three, about his Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. 

“Back then my daughter really wanted to be with me 24 hours a day. She said, ‘Where are you going?’ I said, ‘I’m going to AA.’ She said, ‘Why do you have to go?’ I said, ‘Because I’m an alcoholic and if I don’t go there, then I’ll drink and then I’ll be a terrible dad,’ ” Shepard said. 

In January, Shepard said he was hesitant about going public with his relapse. During a Jan. 26 appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the “Parenthood” actor had “bizarre fears” about revealing his lapse in sobriety. 

“I get so much esteem out of being some whose vocally sober and I have people who write me on month one or on week two and I love that, that’s my favorite thing about being in public,” he said. “So I was just terrified I would lose that, I really cherish that.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, you can call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline at 800-662-HELP (4357) any time of day or night.

Contributing: Sara M. Moniuszko

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