The revelation came on Friday during the last episode of his popular “Armchair Expert” podcast.
“An episode that I hoped I would never have to record, but an episode that I felt owed to all the beautiful Armcheries who have been in this race with me for the past two years,” Shepard said in an Instagram post announcing the episode. .
In the episode, Shepard – known for his roles in “Parenthood” – detailed the bumps of his journey, most recently dealing with an addiction to Vicodin, the opioid pain reliever. For the past eight weeks, he said, he had been “on top of them all day,” having originally mistaken them for injuries.
This led to a situation where he was “taking, you know, eight and a half hours a day, and I know that’s an amount that will result in a really bad withdrawal.” And I’m starting to get really scared, and I’m starting to feel really lonely. And I just have this huge secret. “
Shepard has previously dealt with cocaine and alcohol addiction, which he says he hasn’t touched for 16 years. The actor has been open about his recovery journey, speaking in the past on his podcast and in interviews.