Colton Haynes shares shots from when he was hospitalized amid substance abuse issues: 'Man these times were dark'
Colton Haynes is looking back in an effort to help others move forward.
The 31-year-old actor, who has been candid about his battles with depression and substance abuse, shared a series of images Monday from his hospitalization a year ago, in an effort to help others relate and recover.
'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,' said Haynes. 'I’m posting these photos to let y’all in on my truth. I’m so grateful to be where I am now ... but man these times were dark.
The latest: Arrow actor Colton Haynes, 31, shared a series of images Monday from his hospitalization a year ago in an effort to help others relate and recover
'I’m a human being with flaws just like you. If ur in the middle of the dark times...I promise you it doesn’t have to last forever.'
Haynes told Attitude magazine in March that the hospitalization came after a week of heavy boozing while locked in a room at the Beverly Hills Waldorf Astoria.
He said when he 'was found' he was heavily bruised, unable to walk, had multiple seizures, lost partial vision temporarily and 'ended up in 5150 psyche hold.'
In a series of five images in his post Monday, the Teen Wolf actor was seen in a hospital bed fitted with heart monitors. In other selfies Haynes shared from the time frame, he stared into the camera while in a plane and at a residence.
Low point: Haynes said of his 2018 hospitalization, 'Man these times were dark'
Tough times: Haynes said when he 'was found' amid a week-long bender at a Beverly Hills hotel, he was heavily bruised, unable to walk, had multiple seizures, lost partial vision temporarily and 'ended up in 5150 psyche hold'
Haynes made it clear he was concerned with keeping it real on the social media site, as he said he 'no longer [wants] to project a curated life.
'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,' he said. 'I don’t want worrying about if I look hot or not on Instagram to be my legacy.'
He continued: '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).'
Introspective: In other selfies Haynes shared from the time frame, he stared into the camera while in a plane (above) and at a residence
The Andale, Kansas native told Attitude that he'd entered rehab for four months last year, and had six months sobriety under his belt at the time.
'I got so heavily involved with drugs and alcohol to mask the amount of pain I was feeling that I couldn't even make some decisions for myself,' he said. 'I was drowning in my own s***.'
Haynes told the publication that his 'downward spiral' into drug abuse began three years ago, and was complicated by a series of major life events that transpired in the time frame. The actor married Kardashian family florist Jeff Leatham in October of 2017 only to split less than a year later, and his mother Dana Haynes died in March of 2018.
Ovation: The actor was lauded by a number of celeb pals hailing his candor, including Serena Williams, Lisa Rinna, Lucy Hale and Rumer Willis
Outpouring: Dozens of other prominent personalities shared kind words with the Arrow actor
He said in the post Monday it's been difficult to speak on the personal issues: '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.'
The actor was lauded by a number of celeb pals hailing his candor, including Serena Williams, Lisa Rinna, Lucy Hale and Rumer Willis.
The tennis icon wrote, 'I'm so proud of you,' while the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills beauty said, 'Love you so much!!!! Couldn't love you more. Brave, Kind and the Real Deal you are my friend.'