If you watched the 2006 Academy Awards, or any of the awards shows that season, you must have seen Philip Seymour Hoffman accept an award for his role as Truman Capote in Truman. His performance was so astonishing that he won every single award there was for acting that season. He's also starred in some of the world's most successful movies like Moneyball, Mission Impossible III, and the upcoming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. We're talking a super super successful actor. So it's quite a shock to hear that Hoffman admitted he was recently in a 10-day detox program for heroin addiction.
Hoffman reportedly told TMZ that it started off slowly with prescription pills ... and the next thing he knew, he was snorting heroin. He did that for about a week before he realized he needed help and checked himself into rehab.
Apparently the actor had a drug problem 23 years ago and had just relapsed. Proof that once you're an addict, you're always an addict. It's a day to day thing and you are never truly 100 percent out of the woods with zero risk of using. Hell, I think even if you've NEVER been a drug addict, you've got some risk. Curiosity. Boredom. Emotional or physical pain. All of those things can spark a desire to use even if you've never used before or haven't used in decades.
No word on what made Hoffman suddenly start using again. And it's interesting that the prescription pills started him off down the road to heroin. We like to poo-poo the idea of "gateway drugs", but clearly for many people, there ARE gateway drugs. I don't know why it's considered bad form to say that.
Hoffman credits his family and friends for making him realize he needed help. I hope 10 days is enough to get him on the right track, that doesn't seem very long.
Apparently he is clean and back to working on a movie. Since no one even knew he entered rehab, I commend him for speaking out, as it might encourage others to seek help too. Especially since he is so well respected. Even Oscar winners need help sometimes!
Have you ever sought help for drug addiction?
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