'General Hospital' Star Jack Wagner's Son Found Safe After Relapse

By McCarton Ackerman 07/12/16

Wagner took to Twitter to share his experience and offer supportive words to fans who are dealing with addiction. 

'General Hospital' Star Jack Wagner's Son Found Safe After Relapse
Jack Wagner with ex-wife Kristina Wagner

General Hospital star and veteran soap opera actor Jack Wagner updated his fans to let them know that his 21-year-old son has been found, five days after he went missing from a substance-related relapse.

Wagner tweeted Sunday night that his son, Harrison, was missing. “I’m going to ask those who want to share their fears, addictions & struggles to do so w me via Twitter. We can face them 2gether, I’ll start,” he wrote.

He continued: “I fear for my youngest sons safety. Harrison has struggled w drugs & alcohol just as I did when I was younger. He’s relapsed & is MIA 5days.”

But less than 12 hours later, Wagner updated his fans by tweeting that “Harrisons been in touch, he’s 21 & in charge of his life, [thank you] for the [love] and prayers, please continue to share your struggles, it helps us all.”

Wagner responded to several of his followers who opened up about their struggles. One user wrote, “lost a friend last week who struggled with addiction to suicide. Thank you for starting a conversation,” while another added that “after several attempts @ sobriety I finally got and stayed sober. I’m 54 now w/28.5 years clean & sober. There’s always hope.” Others tried imparting advice, with one follower writing, “I’m an addict. Counselor. U have to cut his off $ supply so he can’t get anything. It’s tough but [important]. Hardball & luv is all.”

But despite this, Wagner has dealt with substance abuse more than once over the past decade. Sources told Us magazine in 2012 that he “begged” his then-wife Heather Locklear to go to rehab before their split in November 2011. The Melrose Place actress was rushed to the hospital in January 2012 after an alleged overdose on alcohol and prescription pills.

Heather was "menopausal, depressed and dealing with a great deal of anxiety of a recent breakup,” said an anonymous insider to ABC News. “When her sister suspected something was wrong, she didn’t mess around and called 911.”

For now, Wagner has kept the conversation going with fans on Twitter who have shared their stories. The actor said he copes with his son's addiction by attending Al-Anon and "taking care of myself."

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.