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Despite all that Dax Shepard faced in 2020, he’s still calling it a “great year.”
Earlier in the fall, Shepard, 45, revealed that he relapsed after 16 years of sobriety. The “Parenthood” alum experienced the setback after being prescribed Vicodin for his motorcycle accident and the subsequent surgeries it required. But looking back on the difficult year, Shepard still thinks of it as a good one.
“I feel guilty saying this, but I still loved this year immensely,” he said on his podcast “Armchair Expert.” “I loved this year. I had a great year.”
His wife, Kristen Bell, reminded him that everyone has had a difficult year with the pandemic and said they’re “lucky.”
“I think we’re very lucky to say that,” she added, “because we’re not out of work and we’re not looking at eviction and we’re not struggling to put food on the table.”
Shepard still looked back on his struggles with positivity, maintaining, “I’m saying, though, even with two surgeries and a relapse and shame spiral and all this stuff, still a great year for me.”
The “Chips” star also admitted he wouldn’t have gotten through it without Bell and his podcast co-host Monica Padman.
“I can’t imagine having to admit [the relapse] to other people and feeling as safe as I did that you guys wouldn’t hate me,” he shared. “I hated me at that point and so, to be able to tell you guys and feel unconditionally loved and that I would be accepted was really special.
“It saved my life,” he added.
Bell, 40, also expressed her gratitude for Padman, who helped Shepard overcome his demons.
“I would like to thank all parties involved because I am so appreciative of being able to go through every flavor of emotion with Monica and also to have you, the father of my children, be so able to be honest, even at your most shameful moments — [that] is what saves you,” Bell told Shepard.
“Nobody saved you but you,” Bell continued, “and your courage and boldness to say, ‘I feel like I’m slipping’ or ‘I did slip and I need to be honest before it gets worse’ and I’m just grateful to all parties involved. I think we did a really good job, team.”
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