Kristen Bell Talks Lessons Learned From Dax Shepard’s Alcoholism Recovery
Kristen Bell is opening up about the lessons she learned from husband Dax Shepard being in recovery. It is no secret the Armchair Expert host had an issue with drugs and alcohol, resulting in him being sober 14 years ago.
In an interview with Women's Health , Bell talks about what she has learned from her husband's Alcohol Anonymous meetings. She has gained some valuable coping skills from Shepard that have helped her deal with her depression.
"You just have to do the next right thing, You just stand up. That's the next right thing. Then you brush your teeth. That's the next right thing. I've very one-step-at-a-time," she explained to the magazine.
Bell has been vocal regarding her mental health struggle , suffering from depression since she was 18-years old. Like alcoholism, it is a constant battle that she will endure for the rest of her life. There is no easy fix, and the actress must put in the work regarding her mental health journey.
When it comes to drinking alcohol, Bell admitted she did not drink for ten years, until discovering rosé this summer. It is was an adjustment for her body to have alcohol. She revealed her body does not function well after she has indulged in booze.
"When I do drink, it's like I have the flu the next day," she explained to the magazine.
Both Shepard and Bell have discussed the impact his alcoholism had on their relationship. She is continuously praising him for getting and staying sober.
The 39-year-old has even admitted she goes all out for Shepard's sober birthday, even more than on his actual birthday. She makes a big deal out of his sober birthday because his being sober keeps their family together.
"I'm very happy he was born, so I celebrate his birthday, but I'm extraordinarily [happy] that he has stayed sober because that's what allows me to have him in my life as a husband and as a father," Bell explained to People magazine last fall.
Kristen Bell has learned a technique from her husband, Dax Shepard's Alcohol Anonymous meetings, to help her cope with her depression. They have managed to take their struggles and turn them into learning experiences that they share with each other, as well as the public.
The couple keeps their kids of out the spotlight but are not afraid to let it shine on them. It is another reason fans love Bell and Shepard, who is often referred to as mom and dad.