Dax Shepard Celebrates 12 Years of Sobriety With Sweet Message About Kristen Bell

Actor tweets, "12 years ago today I came out of my last toxic, life threatening stupor."

By Bruna Nessif Sep 01, 2016 9:18 PMTags

Today is a very special day for Dax Shepard.

The actor who has entered numerous fans' hearts through his various roles (just throwing it out there that we're getting some serious Crosby withdrawals) has been very vocal about his troubling past and struggle with addiction, and is now celebrating his triumph over it all.

Shepard took to Twitter today to mark the anniversary of his sobriety, and in doing so, also gave a loving shout out to his wife Kristen Bell and daughters, Lincoln and Delta. He wrote, "12 years ago today I came out of my last toxic, life threatening stupor. I now have a wife & babies & some self-esteem #gratitude #promises."

In past interviews, Shepard spoke openly about his substance abuse, telling Playboy a few years back, "I just loved to get f---ed-up—drinking, cocaine, opiates, marijuana, diet pills, pain pills, everything. Mostly my love was Jack Daniel's and cocaine. I lived for going down the rabbit hole of meeting weird people. Of course, come Monday I would be tallying up all the different situations, and each one was progressively more dangerous. I got lucky in that I didn't go to jail."

Additionally, earlier this year, the Parenthood star revealed on Sirius XM's "The Jason Ellis Show," that he was assaulted by an 18-year-old neighbor when he was seven, and that led to a lot of his troubling behavior. "If you've been molested, you only have a 20 percent chance of not being an addict," he said. "And I was like, ‘Hmm, interesting,' because in my mind I just like to have a f--king great time," he said. "But when you hear a statistic like that, I'm like, ‘Oh no, I was going to be an addict, period.'"

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Bell has also gotten real about how his addictions have affected their lives as a married couple. "My husband is in recovery and is almost 13 years sober," she told E! News exclusively.

"And seeing the world through his eyes has really opened mine to knowing that it is a disease and nobody is choosing to drink more than others, they are doing it because of a variety of reasons and they deserve the attention of a mental health professional, and not the county jail or however else we're choosing to pretend we're fixing the problem."