Fame, money, and the pressure of being under the public spotlight can add a tremendous amount of stress for any soap opera star. Some turn to vices like drugs or alcohol, while others fall victim to mental health issues in order to try and cope with all the burdens that come with soap opera stardom. We all hit low points in our lives, but these stars have it blasted on television, radio, and the internet. Below is a list of seven soap opera stars who have hit rock bottom.
7. Robin Strasser
On January 13 th of this year, Robin Strasser, also known to fans as Dorian Lord on One Life to Life (OLTL) took to Twitter to clear up some confusion about the state of her health and revealed a rock-bottom moment in her life. She let fans know she did not have a pneumonia, but rather that she had an addiction to pain killers which she suffered from years ago, and that she was let go six months prior to the cancellation of OLTL. The addiction stems from a back surgery she had years ago, and eventually she was able to resist them after a second back surgery in 2011. She refused pressure to come back to the show early and sadly lost her job. She thinks this may have also been the reason that her co-stars, John Brotherton (Jared Banks) and Gina Tognini (Kelly Cramer) were let go early as well. While she did hit rock bottom, Strasser also posted she has been clean from this addiction since December 2008.
6. Sean Kanan
A soap opera veteran who has held incredible roles on General Hospital (GH), Young and the Restless (Y&R), and Bold and the Beautiful (B&B) has also had his fair-share of struggles. In the summer of 2007 he was charged with driving under the influence, mirroring an incident his GH character, AJ Quartermaine, once had on the show as well. Reports revealed that Kanan not only had alcohol in his system, but also an illegal drug substance, before he decided to hop into the vehicle and start driving. He was sentenced in December of that year to five years on probation and 18 months of mandatory alcohol education. Kanan also had a DUI conviction in 1998.
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