Three months after revealing the roadblock in his 16-year sobriety journey, the Michigan native, 45, opened up about how sharing his story with the world was a significant turning level. Through the vacation episode of his “Armchair Expert” podcast on Monday, December 21, Shepard thanked the Good Place alum, 40, and his cohost, Monica Padman, for standing by his aspect.
“I can’t think about having to confess that to different individuals and feeling as protected as I did that you just guys wouldn’t hate me. I hated me at that time and so, to have the ability to tell you guys and feel unconditionally loved and that I might be accepted was actually particular,” the Parenthood alum stated. “It saved my life.”
Bell echoed her husband’s sense of gratitude for Padman, who helped information Shepard via the emotional revelation throughout a September episode of their podcast.
“I want to thank all events concerned as a result of I’m so appreciative of having the ability to undergo each taste of emotion with Monica and in addition to have you ever, the daddy of my kids, be so capable of be trustworthy, even at your most shameful moments,” she gushed. “No one saved you however you and your braveness and boldness to say, ‘I really feel like I’m slipping’ or ‘I did slip and I have to be trustworthy earlier than it will get worse’ and I’m simply grateful to all events concerned. I believe we did a very good job, workforce.”
Shepard and the Veronica Mars actress tied the knot in October 2013 and share two daughters: Lincoln, 7, and Delta, 5. After a collection of difficult setbacks — including a motorcycle accident earlier this yr — the Spin the Wheel host fell off the wagon and returned to misusing painkillers. He would have marked his sixteenth anniversary of being sober the identical month he shared his story.
“I used to be excessive on the assembly having individuals inform me they admire my sobriety,” he recalled in September of attending a help group.
On the time of his revelation, Shepard was just seven days clean and advised “Armchair Knowledgeable” listeners that he struggled to be trustworthy with Bell about his tablet use. A supply later advised Us Weekly solely that he stored his hardship hidden “as a result of he felt so ashamed” and “didn’t wish to damage” his spouse.
“Ultimately, he couldn’t cover it from her any longer and he needed to come clear,” the insider stated in September. “She was nothing however supportive and there’s no blame or anger on her aspect – simply love, care and willpower to get via this collectively. … She’s beyond proud of him for turning his life round while overtly addressing his demons head-on.”
Whereas 2020 has include its fair proportion of challenges, Shepard admitted on Monday that it hasn’t been all unhealthy.
“I really feel responsible saying this, however I nonetheless cherished this yr immensely,” he stated on the podcast. “I cherished this yr. I had a terrific yr. … Even with two surgical procedures and a relapse and disgrace spiral and all these things, nonetheless a terrific yr for me.”
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