Mia St John Talks Substance Abuse Relapse After Kristoff St. John’s Death—How The Y&R Star’s Dogs Helped Her Cope

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The Young and the Restless star Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters) died on Sunday, February 3. After his death, his ex-wife Mia St. John struggled with her own sobriety to cope with the enormous loss that she felt. The former professional boxer opened up about her experience and she hopes her candid comments will help someone else struggling. Here’s what Mia had to say about her struggle.

Mia Talked To St. John In His Last Moments

St. John said that she was on the phone with Kristoff during his final moments. She recalls him telling her he had been drinking and he didn’t want to go on anymore. After Julian (their son) died in 2014, Kristoff has struggled to pull himself out of depression.

Mia said that Kristoff told her that Julian was there for him and he wanted to go with him. She told him to hold and it’s not time to see Julian again yet.


“All of a sudden he says, ‘One second, one second, Mia, Julian’s at the door. Julian’s here.’ And I started screaming, ‘No!’ Julian wants to see you, but not today, this is not the day! And I start to panic. And he said, ‘It’s okay, it’s okay, we’re just going for a walk.” Looking back, at the timeline of when he passed and when the paramedics got there. I believe he was already dying while we were on the phone,” Mia recalled.

Mia’s Relapse

After Kristoff passed away, Mia lost her way for a little while. She turned to substance abuse and lost 39 years of sobriety. She wasn’t sure how to go on with Julian and Kristoff. However, she sought treatment and she is working through her grief.

St. John said that some days she doesn’t want to go on, but those days she does it for Kristoff. The one thing that did help her is she took in St. John’s dogs and they are giving her a reason to go on. In fact, she feels Kristoff through these animals.

Mia wants the public to know that there is no shame in getting help if you need it. Mental health should be a requirement. Even though she has her own struggles right now, she is still a big advocate of mental health awareness –possibly even more so.

If you have a feeling of being overwhelmed with life and cannot imagine going on, please do not hurt yourself. Please reach out to someone you can trust or call the National Suicide -Hotline at 1 (800) 273-8255.

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