Out Actor Colton Haynes Shares Hospital Pics to Help Those Struggling with Addiction

Tuesday August 20, 2019

Out actor Colton Haynes has discussed his addiction and mental health in the past but he took to Instagram this week to share photos of himself during "dark times" when he was hospitalized last year after a drug and alcohol bender.

In a lengthy caption for the post, the "American Horror Story" actor said he wanted to post the pics in order to help people who are struggling the same way he was at the time, writing that he "no longer want[s] to project a curated life."

"Throwback. I don't want worrying about if I look hot or not on Instagram to be my legacy," Haynes, 31, wrote. "I don't want to skirt around the truth to please other people or to gain economic success. I have far more important things to say than what magazine I just shot for or what TV show I'm a part of (although I'm very thankful I still get to do what I love).

"I no longer want to project a curated life," he continued. "I get immense joy when someone comes up to me & says that my willingness to open up about depression, anxiety, alcoholism, & addiction has helped them in some way. I've struggled the past year with trying to find my voice and where I fit in & that has been the most beautiful struggle I've ever had to go through.

"Worrying about what time to post on social media so I can maximize my likes or being mad at myself that I don't look the same way I did when I was addicted to pills is a complete waste of why I was put on this earth," the "Arrow" star wrote. "I'm posting these photos to let y'all in on my truth. I'm so grateful to be where I am now (a year after these photos were taken) but man these times were dark. I'm a human being with flaws just like you. If [you're] in the middle of the dark times...I promise you it doesn't have to last forever. Love y'all."

People magazine notes a number of celebs showed their support by commenting on the post, including tennis champ Serena Williams who said she's "so proud" of Haynes. "Real Housewives" star Lisa Rinna wrote, "Love you so much!!!! "Couldn't love you more. Brave, Kind and the Real Deal you are my friend."

Back in March, Haynes opened up about his addiction and revealed at the time that he was six months sober after completing a four-month program.

"In 10 years, there were maybe 25 days I didn't drink," he told Attitude magazine in an interview earlier this year. "I remember when I started, it was a couple of glasses of wine, and it regressed into really dark times."

He said that drinking and using drugs has been part of his life for the last 10 years but he fell into a "downward spiral" after he came out as gay in 2016.

"I came out and, in a way, my downward spiral started," Haynes told Attitude. "I felt extremely free but at the same time the amount of attention I was getting was making me spin out of control."

Check out Haynes' latest Instagram post below.