Actress Taryn Manning On Sobriety: 'I Have Accepted That It Is Okay To Not Be Okay'

By Victoria Kim 10/26/16

While the Orange is the New Black star's schedule doesn't permit a rehab stint, she has "other safe outlets" to keep her on track.

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Actress Taryn Manning On Sobriety: 'I Have Accepted That It Is Okay To Not Be Okay'

Taryn Manning, the actress known for her role as Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett, a former religious fanatic and meth head on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, spoke candidly about her struggle to stay sober and why rehab is not an option.

“I am truly grateful for what some may call hitting rock bottom,” Manning told TMZ this week. “Some days it sucks and some days it sucks worse. I am not ashamed of this obstacle because I have accepted that it is okay to not be okay.”

The 37-year-old actress, known for starring alongside Britney Spears in the 2002 film Crossroads as well as 8 Mile and Hustle & Flow, told the tabloid that her schedule doesn’t permit her going to rehab, but that she has “other safe outlets” to keep her on track, like a sober companion, therapists, and friends. 

“I’ve never felt more accepted, forgiven, and supported than during this period of my life,” said Manning. “This is not easy.”

Some speculate that Manning, who is not known for having a history of drug issues, is dealing with the aftermath of her severed relationships with two women—her makeup artist Holly Hartman and her friend Jeanine Heller.

Hartman tried to file a temporary restraining order against Manning in January, accusing the actress of multiple physical assaults since 2012. Her request was denied, however. According to Manning’s attorneys, Hartman was trying to divert attention away from the fact that she herself was under investigation for stalking the actress and other crimes including theft.

In February, Manning filed a lawsuit against New York City for falsely arresting her in November 2014. She had been arrested and held in custody for four hours for allegedly making criminal threats against Jeanine Heller, her friend-turned-stalker. Manning said that though she was not prosecuted, the police sold her story to the media. Her lawsuit sought $10 million from the city for damage to her reputation, emotional distress, and attorney fees. 

But despite having a tough year, Manning seems to be a bit more at peace. She posted on Twitter on Monday: “Yes I remember, never get to high in the highs or low n the lows. Thank you gut, you have a beautiful butterfly. We became friends finally."

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