Joe Pasquale's son and 'Hollyoaks' actor Joe Tracini opens up about drug abuse and suicide attempt
Joe Pasquale’s son and Hollyoaks actor Joe Tracini has opened up about his drug abuse and attempted suicide in an emotional video.
The actor, who plays Dennis Savage in the Channel 4 soap, took to Twitter to post the video, sharing his experiences ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week.
"I was a drug addict, I was an alcoholic, I went to three rehabs. I am nearly seven years clean,” began Tracini.
Not many of you know quite how bad my health was 7 years ago.
I’m gonna show you to explain why I talk about it, and that life, and you, can change.
It’s not easy to watch, so don’t push play if you’re not sure, and know that I’m ok now.#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek pic.twitter.com/dQ3w6yeCqW
— Joe Tracini (@joetracini) May 13, 2019
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"I'm over four years sober and I have been left with a personality disorder called Emotional Unstable Personality Disorder, also known as BPD, which is like a Poundshop bipolar.
"It's mostly the same stuff, just some of it's a bit s***ter. That is what I'm living with."
He went on to explain that people often ask BPD sufferers why they do the things they do, yet the person with the problems will generally be asking themselves the same questions.
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The actor then shared a distressing clip of himself crawling on his hands and knees during a drug overdose, before revealing that the tragic episode almost ended in him committing suicide.
"I wasn't drunk, I hadn't taken anything else and this was about two weeks before I climbed over onto the wrong side of a bridge,” he said.
Breaking down in tears, he concluded the video by adding: "Why am I doing this? I am doing this because I can't go back and tell my family that I'm going to be alright.
"I can't go back and tell me that I'm going to be alright. And even if I could, I would have to tell him that the worst things he's ever going to do, he hasn't done yet.
"The drinks and the drugs were a symptom of a bigger problem. And if I'd found the bigger problem quicker, I would have hurt less people. So I'm doing it to try and make that worth something."