Newly sober Colton Haynes: I was once placed on 5150 psychiatric hold

Colton Haynes is putting his health first. The Teen Wolf alum revealed in a new interview that he is six months sober after undergoing four months of treatment.

“In 10 years, there were maybe 25 days I didn’t drink,” Haynes, 30, admitted to Attitude in the magazine’s 25th anniversary issue, published on Thursday, March 28. “I remember when I started, it was a couple glasses of wine, and it regressed into really dark times. I used to blame it on my anxiety or depression issues, but really the root of all my problems was the alcohol and drugs.”

The actor turned to substances after he came out as gay in 2016 and found himself struggling with the newfound attention on his personal life.

“I came out and, in a way, my downward spiral started,” he said. “I felt extremely free but at the same time the amount of attention I was getting was making me spin out of control.”

Haynes’ battle with addiction worsened in early 2018 when his mother, Dana Denise Mitchell, died from advanced cirrhosis of the liver. A few months later, he filed for divorce from celebrity floral designer Jeff Leatham after six months of marriage.

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 24: Colton Haynes attends the 27th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party Celebrating EJAF And The 91st Academy Awards on February 24, 2019 at the City of West Hollywood Park in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage )
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Colton Haynes attends the Cadillac Oscar Week Celebration at Chateau Marmont on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Cadillac)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Colton Haynes attends the 27th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party sponsored by IMDb and Neuro Drinks celebrating EJAF and the 91st Academy Awards on February 24, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for EJAF)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Colton Haynes is seen as Vanity Fair and L'Oréal Paris Celebrate New Hollywood on February 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 18: Colton Haynes attends the Dior Homme Menswear Fall/Winter 2019-2020 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 18, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Colton Haynes and Serena Williams attend The Imagine Ball Honoring Serena Williams Benefitting Imagine LA Presented By John Terzian & Val Vogt on September 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Imagine LA)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Colton Haynes attends The Imagine Ball Honoring Serena Williams Benefitting Imagine LA Presented By John Terzian & Val Vogt on September 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Imagine LA)
TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 26: Colton Haynes arrives at the 2018 iHeartRadio MuchMusic Video Awards at MuchMusic HQ on August 26, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Isaiah Trickey/FilmMagic)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 21: Colton Haynes speaks onstage at the 'Arrow' Special Video Presentation and Q&A during Comic-Con International 2018 at San Diego Convention Center on July 21, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 21: Colton Haynes attends the 'Arrow' press line at Comic-Con International 2018 on July 21, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/FilmMagic)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 20: Colton Haynes attends BuzzFeed Presents: SPELLS & SPIRITS Conjured By The CW 'Charmed' at Altitude Sky Lounge on July 20, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for BuzzFeed/The CW)
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“I got married and that didn’t work out. That was extremely public and heartbreaking, and right when that was going on, my mom died,” he told Attitude. “At that point I fell apart. My brain broke. … 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. I was drowning in my own s–t.”

At that point, the Arrow star said he had already been hospitalized several times, but he hit rock bottom when he locked himself in a room at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Beverly Hills during a weeklong bender.

“[I] was found in my room with these insane bruises all over my body. It looked as if somebody had beaten the s–t out of me. I couldn’t walk, so I was falling everywhere,” he recalled. “I almost ruptured my kidney, ended up in the hospital, ended up in 5150 psych hold. I was on such a destructive path that I could not function. I lost partial sight in my left eye for a while. I ended up having two seizures. I didn’t know any of this was happening until I was sober enough to remember it.”

The psychiatric hold ended up being a wake-up call for Haynes, who sought treatment soon after and “found this amazing amount of true love” for himself.

“I’m always going to be in recovery,” he told the publication. “There are so many people struggling out there, but not a lot of them talk about it. Life is much more beautiful than I could have imagined. It’s just a different life now. It’s the best gift I’ve ever been given.”

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If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

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