AceShowbiz - Dax Shepard has opened up to his kids about his recent drug relapse, explaining dad was "a bad boy." The actor prides himself on being honest with eight-year-old Lincoln and six-year-old Delta - the daughters he shares with his wife Kristen Bell, and chose not to hide his sobriety slump from them.
"They knew when I relapsed," he said during an appearance on Chelsea Clinton's "In Fact" podcast. "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'. We tell them the whole thing."
"They know that dad goes to an AA [Alcoholics Anonymous] meeting every Tuesday and Thursday. One of the cuter moments was... back when my daughters wanted to be with me 24 hours a day. She [daughter] 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.' And she said, 'Can I go?' I said, 'Well, no, you got to be an alcoholic.' And she goes, 'I'm gonna be an alcoholic.' I said, 'You might become one. The odds are not in your favor, but you're not there yet.' "
Dax first opened up about suffering a sobriety slip in a special episode of his "Armchair Expert" podcast back in September 2020. He admitted to abusing the drugs he had been prescribed to handle the pain of his injuries from a motorcycle accident, and realized that his issues were escalating when he resorted to buying more pills secretly.