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Was Heroin Addiction Responsible for Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death?

Heroin addiction appears to be a factor in the sudden death of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. The 46-year-old father of three was found in a Manhattan apartment with a needle still embedded in his arm. The cause of death has yet to be officially determined, but the circumstances suggest that it was a heroin overdose.

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s History With Heroin Addiction

Hoffman was known for his work in films such as Capote, for which he won a best actor Oscar in 2006. His acting career started in 1991 with a role in the television series Law & Order. The following year he appeared in four films and continued to establish a successful career. As is unfortunately the case for many people in Hollywood, he had battled addiction in his past.

According to an interview with 60 Minutes, Hoffman first entered rehab when he was 22 years old. At that time, it wasn’t just heroin addiction he struggled with, but an addiction to alcohol and multiple drugs. Fearing for his life, Hoffman underwent treatment for addiction and remained sober for 23 years. After a relapse in 2013, Hoffman once again sought treatment.

Hoffman’s relapse started with prescription pills and snowballed into heroin abuse. After a week of relapsing with heroin, he checked himself into a detoxification facility on the East Coast. Hoffman spent 10 days in treatment and immediately returned to work following his discharge. At the time he credited his support network for helping him get back on track with his recovery. Sadly, his recent relapse into heroin addiction was too serious to overcome.

 Why Did Hoffman Relapse?

Recovery from heroin addiction can be very difficult, and requires a long-term relapse prevention plan. This plan may include attending support meetings, receiving ongoing treatment, building a trusted network of friends and family, or even changing your lifestyle as needed. When Hoffman initially relapsed, he sought help. However, it appears that he may have needed a stronger relapse prevention plan.

We can’t know what Hoffman’s individual triggers are or what the underlying causes were for his heroin addiction. Each person faces different challenges in addiction, and therefore requires different strategies for achieving lasting recovery. Hoffman’s death is not a sign that treatment doesn’t work, but a reminder that treatment must be ongoing.

Treatment for Heroin Addiction

Drug overdose deaths are a worrying issue in today’s society, whether or not it happens to a celebrity. Addiction treatment can work, no matter who you are. Whether or not it is effective depends on a number of factors, and the most important one is your commitment to recovery. Treatment can teach you how to deal with the circumstances of your addiction, and encourage you to put your recovery first.

If you or someone you love is suffering from the effects of alcohol abuse, substance addiction or any other type of addiction, please call us today.  Our addiction treatment counselors can help you deal with physical, emotional and psychological consequences of drug and alcohol abuse.  A substance abuse treatment program is effective, safe and has helped many men reclaim their lives. Destination Hope is a full service drug, alcohol and dual diagnosis treatment facility in Florida for men suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues.