The Hollywood Shuffle of Drug Addiction & Alcoholism
Hollywood, where you are only as good as your last work. Hollywood is no stranger to the ravages of various drugs. The curse of needles, sniffles, and marijuana smoke, makes a visit almost too frequently for it not to be considered an integral part of the makeup of Tinsel Town.
Scripts follow the same prose. A star gets famous. A star can’t keep up with the fame and as a coping mechanism takes to a drug. The star’s need for the drug intensifies until, unable to keep up, the star succumbs to the very thing that was supposed to help him cope. Unfortunately, the end comes early for most stalwarts.
When Hollywood got news that Philip Seymore Hoffman had passed away and had been found dead in his apartment, there was a collective chin rub perhaps alluding to the fact that Hoffman had struggled with drugs even when his career was at its most illustrious. But is it possible to trace the source of his problem? Philip Seymour Hoffman is not your typical fame to bathroom floor tale. He was never shy about admitting that his struggles with substance abuse predated his career.
At the age of 23, he had already checked into rehab and come out, clean for the time being. He had struggled with alcohol and other drugs from the time he graduated from New York University. Mr. Seymour’s struggles are replicated across many user’s stories. To get that high, the acclaimed actor used anything that promised a buzz.
A cocktail of drugs
Mr. Hoffman was due to pick up his three children from school. When he failed to attend to his duty, friends got concerned. It was only when a friend made a courtesy
call to the actor’s home when he found the actor dead. What started out as frantic withdrawal of funds from an ATM earlier that day ended with the 46-year old on the floor of his apartment, with a syringe in his arm.
The grim discovery prompted an investigation. The official cause of death was ruled to be a lethal cocktail of heroin, cocaine, amphetamines and benzodiazepines. While he did not take all these drugs at once, the concentration was high enough to have traces in his body.
After Phillip Seymore Hoffmans Stay in a Short-Term Rehab
A man arrested on charges of selling Philip Seymour Hoffman fentanyl laced heroin revealed some pretty grim things about the actor. According to the man, Mr. Vineyard, Seymour was injecting quantities almost double the amount a normal user takes. For a man with such a long history of using, using more doses isn’t entirely outside the realm of reality. Long term usage causes the body to require more doses to achieve the same level of intoxication. However, according to Vineyard, Philip Seymour Hoffman had tried to rid himself of his addiction.
That decision to go to what can be described as crash course rehab was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Seymour went to 10-day rehabs, which are not adequate to fully detox you off the substance. Seymour went back to heavy usage even after he had stayed for a while without using, prompting his body to give in from overdose.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s death brought to light the struggle that most drug users go through the moment they start going down that abyss. Heroin robbed the world of yet another star. In a collective effort, we can prevent the loss of another human being.
This happens to more and more Americans Everyday.
We have an increase in heroin overdose deaths every year. According to NIDA (The National Institute on Drug Abuse) National Overdose Deaths—Number of Deaths from Heroin. From 2001 to 2014 there was a 6-fold increase in the total number of deaths.
Many in the country have no clue how to combat this problem. Many family’s lose their loved ones from heroin overdose everyday. Many think that the death of a heroin addict is due to their weak nature. We can assure you this is not the case. Heroin addiction is reversible if treated properly. Get you loved one help before the grim reaper does.