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Kristen Bell talks volunteer work, how husband Dax Shepard help her understand addiction

30 June 2016 Entertainment News

Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Kristen Bell has been interviewed by E! News and the star talked about helping people and how her husband Dax Shepard, who is recovering from his drug and alcohol abuse, helped her understand addiction and mental health problems better.

The actress and Shepard have two children together and she shared that although she has been volunteering to help those in need since she was younger, she learned more about the importance of helping people get back on their feet. This comes after she has witness Shepard and his struggles with addiction.

She shared, “My family was always into community outreach and helping others. I learned to value that at a very young age. I learned to find joy in lending a hand and lending support to those who need it. And I was taught to view all humans as a part of my family.”

Bell shared that she has a particular empathy for people who feel as if they are an outcast because they have made mistakes in the past and have had felony convictions or are recovering addicts. Bell pointed out that her husband is in recover and is almost 13 years sober. She continued that seeing the world through Shepard’s eyes opened her to knowing that addiction is a disease and nobody is choosing to drink more than others.

She added, “They deserve the attention of a mental health professional, and not the county jail or however else we’re choosing to pretend we’re fixing the problem.”

Shepard revealed earlier this year that his issues with addiction might have stemmed from being molested when he was young. He said that he was sexually abused by an 18-year-old neighbor when he was seven years old. He shared on Sirius XM’s “The Jason Ellis Show,” “If you’ve been molested, you only have a 20 percent chance of not being an addict. And I was like, ‘Hm , interesting,’ because in my mind I just like to have a fucking great time. But when you hear a statistic like that, I’m like, ‘Oh no, I was going to be an addict. Period.’”

As for their children, three-year-old Lincoln and one-year-old Delta, Bell said that she is trying to teach them not to be stunted by “country lines, language barriers, or religious boundaries” in helping people.

Bell works closely with People Assisting the Homeless and recently donated $10,000 to Sun Cedar, a nonprofit organization that employs past felons, recovering addicts, and homeless people.