Dax Shepard has often been very open with fans about many aspects of his personal life, from his marriage to Kristen Bell to his past struggles with drug and alcohol addiction. The 45-year-old actor does not hide the fact that, in order to maintain his great life today, he has to work hard at staying sober.
It is no secret that Bell supports her husband’s sobriety journey as well. But a lot of fans are probably wondering: Does she also try to stay away from alcohol as he does? Here’s what we know.
Dax Shepard’s history of drug and alcohol abuse
Shepard has revealed that when he was in his 20s, he was quite addicted to drugs and alcohol.
“”I just loved to get f—ed-up—drinking, cocaine, opiates, marijuana, diet pills, pain pills, everything,” he once told Us Weekly. “Mostly my love was Jack Daniel’s and cocaine.”
Shepard led a rather dangerous lifestyle that involved getting himself into all kinds of odd situations. He shared that, at one point, he took so many pills that he even blacked out for a whole weekend.
Dax Shepard has been sober for about 15 years
Shepard finally decided to get help in 2004, which was around the same time that his career was picking up. Since then, Shepard has remained sober for 15 years and counting.
For Bell, her husband’s effort into maintaining his sobriety has played a huge role in allowing the two of them to have a successful married life. Bell also understands that staying sober is not the easiest thing in the world, which is why she likes to go all out when it is time to celebrate his sober birthday.
“The nicest presents she’s gotten me are always on my sober birthday,” Shepard joked in an interview with People. “In fact, my real birthday … still haven’t gotten a present.”
For on sober birthday, Bell got Shepard the original copy of The Adventurers by Harold Robbins and included messages from Shepard’s loved ones in the book. Since Shepard was named after the main character, he thought the gesture was “incredible.”
Kristen Bell also stays away from alcohol
Bell also supports her husband’s sobriety by staying away from alcohol as well. She shared with HuffPost that she understands the meme about mothers having wine at the end of the day, but for her, the message can be interpreted more generally.
“The wine meme is a very funny thing,” Bell said. “I suppose I take it as generalized ‘kids are stressful.’ … They’re all-encompassing in the fact that they represent, ‘Remember that you’re an adult. It’s OK if your kids are stressful and annoying. It’s OK to take time for yourself.’ But to me, that doesn’t necessarily ever mean alcohol.”
Shepard understands that parenting while sober can be tough, especially when they hang out with other parents who drink to unwind. However, he and Bell try to look at the positive side of it all.
He told HuffPost: “We vacation almost exclusively with three other families who all have kids, and certainly at night, I’m super jealous of them because I’m like, f**** yeah I would love to drink something that turned down the volume of everyone in this house… [But] at 6:45 when we’re all up … and they’re miserable. And those voices are three times as loud with a hangover.”
While Bell does not drink alcohol, she does occasionally do recreational marijuana, which is legal in California. Bell has shared that she only smokes about once a week, and she definitely does not do it in front of her kids.
Shepard does not seem to mind this. He even defended his wife against some critics by saying “that would be like a diabetic expecting their partner to never eat dessert. Get real!”