Matt Damon reveals how Ben Affleck is doing after relapse

Onward and upward. Matt Damon shared a positive update on his best friend Ben Affleck after the Triple Frontier star broke his sobriety at a Halloween party.

“He’s looking great and he’s doing great,” the Ford v Ferrari star, 49, told Entertainment Tonight in a recent interview. “We’ve been working together on a screenplay [for The Last Duel]. He’s doing great.”

Damon and Affleck, 47, grew up together in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and became friends when they were 10 and 8, respectively. They have worked together several times over the years, most notably on Good Will Hunting. They starred in the 1997 drama together and won an Oscar for writing the screenplay.

The Justice League star has struggled with alcohol abuse for nearly two decades, checking into rehab in 2001, 2017 and 2018. After Affleck’s most recent stint, a source told Us Weekly exclusively that Damon “continues to be a huge support” system and will “always be there for Ben whenever he needs him.”

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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck stand arm in arm at the premiere of Good Will Hunting. Both co-scripted and starred in the movie. (Photo by Mitchell Gerber/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
Actor Ben Affleck and actor Matt Damon attend the 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 18, 1998 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 21: Actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck attend The 71st Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals on March 21, 1999 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Davis/Getty Images)
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck during The 72nd Annual Academy Awards - Vanity Fair Party at Morton's in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Ben Affleck & Matt Damon during Project Greenlight Announces Top Three Finalists at Galaxy Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon during 2003 Park City - Project Greenlight/Express Party at Harry O's at Harry O's in Park City, Utah, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - JULY 13: Actors Ben Affleck (left) and Matt Damon (right) attend the announcement of the winners of this year's Project Greenlight on July 13, 2004 at The Highlands, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck during 'Feast' World Premiere at Brenden Theaters at The Palms Hotel and Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: Actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon attend the OneXOne Gala at the Four Seasons Performance Centre on Sept. 9, 2007 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - JULY 02: Actors Ben Affleck (L) and Matt Damon arrive at the Ante Up for Africa celebrity poker tournament at the Rio Hotel & Casino July 2, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Proceeds from the event will benefit survivors of the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 14: Matt Damon and Ben Affleck during the 16th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for VH1)
Actor Ben Affleck presents Matt Damon with his award at the 24th Annual American Cinematheque Award presentation to Matt Damon, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
SANTA BARBARA, CA - JANUARY 25: Actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon attend the Modern Master Award presented To Ben Affleck at the 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival on January 25, 2013 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Ray Mickshaw/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck attend the 'Project Greenlight' event at Boulevard3 on November 7, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 09: Actors Matt Damon (L) and Ben Affleck arrive at the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Live By Night' at TCL Chinese Theatre on January 9, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Affleck celebrated a year of sobriety in August. However, he suffered a setback on October 26 at the UNICEF Masquerade Ball in West Hollywood. A video surfaced of the Argo director stumbling out of the bash and steadying himself on a parked SUV after nearly falling in the street.

“Ben has acknowledged he’s going to slip up from time to time,” a friend later told Us. “It was never as if this was simply behind him.”

Affleck owned up to his relapse the morning after the party, telling photographers outside his ex-wife Jennifer Garner’s Los Angeles home, “It happens. It’s a slip, but I’m not going to let it derail me.”

The Golden Globe winner and Garner, 47, were married from 2005 to 2018. They share daughters Violet, 13, and Seraphina, 10, and son Samuel, 7.

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

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