By THOUSIF INC
Soap star Tyler Christopher's life appears to be on an upswing, but he is still willing to face his demons.
Although the former General Hospital (GH) and Days Of Our Lives (DOOL) actor routinely posts uplifting images of family and healthy living.
He stared down some difficult memories as a guest on Maurice Benard's state of mind.
"It has been an interesting two years of my life," he revealed to his co-star, and that is putting it mildly.
As he recovered from alcohol addiction, which climaxed with his 2019 arrest for public intoxication.
Christopher has opened up about his fractured family life and how bad his addiction has become.
"I am quickly learning, realizing how I could mess this up,"
Christopher revealed his relationship with his children, whom he sees twice per month.
"We visit for half a day on a Saturday, half a day on a Sunday. Then, I get on a plane, and I come back here."
"What if I did not go at all? Would people blame me? I do not know."
"However, every month, I take three days out of my time I go do. Because that is all, I have."
As Benard urged his "bipolar buddy" to revisit his childhood, it became clear that Christopher's addiction began innocently enough.
"I had my first drink at nine years old," Christopher acknowledged.
"Somebody at school said that if you go into your cupboard, these little things are called extracts. Vanilla, orange, lemon."
"Some idiot at school said, 'There is alcohol in there. If you drink it, you will get funny, silly,'" Christopher remembered.
"So what is the first thing I do? When I get home from school, I go in the cabinet, and my mom had vanilla extract, like from left to right, and I took everyone."
"And that is how it started," Christopher said, "and it never stopped."
Over the years, Christopher became a functional addict. However, even during the height of his success as a daytime star, he knew he was playing with fire.
"At some point, you cannot survive it," Christopher explained. "At some point, it will kill you, and it has.
"So three times, I have flatlined. Moreover, nobody knows that."
"I am saying it here for the first time."
"Three times, I have flatlined, and they brought me back. Twice from [alcohol] poisoning, once from withdrawal."