The actor, who played Mac Nightingale in the Channel 4 soap, recently took to Twitter to explain that he is currently in lockdown in a rehabilitation home, which treats patients for substance abuse and alcoholism.
He revealed that he has been an alcoholic for 20 years, but assured fans that he is "making progress".
Explaining why he'd been so quiet on social media lately, he wrote: "Forgive Me, last message, as I only have use of my phone for a few hours.
"I’m in lockdown in a rehabilitation home in Kent, which treats substance abuse and alcoholism. I’ve been an alcoholic for over twenty years. I’m safe and making progress, thank you, friends always."
In a later tweet, having received messages of support from fans, he added: "I’d forgotten how Twitter can be so amazing!!
"Thank You with all my heart, for all your messages of support. You’re awesome!!!"
The actor has previously opened about his battle with clinical depression, saying: "It's a battle I'm going to win, it's a war I'm going to win, and I would love everyone to know that employers have got to do a lot more for people with any disability, mental and physical.
"You've got to do more, embrace it more, care about it more, love more. Because with love we can do anything."
Alcohol Change UK offers information, advice and support with their questions about drinking and the problems that can sometimes be caused by alcohol. For more information, visit Alcohol Change UK's website. Drinkline also offers free, confidential advice to anyone who is concerned about their own or someone else's drinking on 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am–8pm, weekends 11am–4pm).
We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
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