Why Lindsay Shookus and Ben Affleck got back together after he left rehab

Why she gave him another chance. Lindsay Shookus decided to open her heart to Ben Affleck again after he sought professional help for alcohol abuse.

A source tells Us Weekly exclusively that Shookus, 38, chose to get back together with Affleck, 46, “because she was impressed that he’d gone back to rehab and was sober.”

A second insider adds that the pair have “picked up right where they left off” since they rekindled their romance and are “very comfortable together [and] happy.”

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Ben Affleck, left, and Lindsay Shookus pose in the audience at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
EXCLUSIVE - Lindsay Shookus, winner of outstanding variety/sketch series for "Saturday Night Live", right, and Ben Affleck attend the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 21: Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus enjoy coffee while holding hands on January 21, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 21: Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus enjoy coffee while holding hands on January 21, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 21: Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus enjoy coffee while holding hands on January 21, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 22: Lindsay Shookus is seen in the Upper West Side on January 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05: Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus are seen on January 05, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05: Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus are seen on January 05, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus are seen on November 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Lindsay Shookus and Ben Affleck are seen on November 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus are seen on November 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: (L-R) Jeff Garlin, Charissa Thompson, Larry David, Lindsay Shookus and Ben Affleck attend the HBO's Official 2017 Emmy After Party at The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Ben Affleck and girlfriend Lindsay Shookus step out for dinner in Manhattan on September 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Ben Affleck and girlfriend Lindsay Shookus step out for dinner in Manhattan on September 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus attend the 2017 US Open Tennis Championships at Arthur Ashe Stadium on September 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Ben Affleck (L) and Lindsay Shookus are seen in the Upper West Side on September 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus attend the 2017 US Open Tennis Championships at Arthur Ashe Stadium on September 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/WireImage)
NEW YORK - JULY 19: Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus are seen leaving the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Mid-Town Manhattan on July 19, 2017 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
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The first source also tells Us that Affleck’s reestablished involvement with the Saturday Night Live producer is a “very positive influence in his life.” The insider notes, “He’s in a good place and works hard on himself every day. He’s much stronger at this stage.”

The Justice League actor and Shookus split in August 2018 after more than a year of dating. Affleck started romancing Shauna Sexton shortly after the breakup and checked himself into rehab for substance abuse days after he and the Playboy model, 23, were first spotted together. He completed the 40-day program in October, but he and Sexton ended their fling around the same time.

In early February, Us exclusively revealed that Shookus “reached out” to the Argo star and they were chatting regularly. “They’ve been talking and have seen each other again,” a source explained. “Ben is in a much better place health-wise, and is a lot happier.”

A few weeks later, another insider told Us that the duo “are totally back on.”

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