Why Philip Seymour Hoffman’s 23 years of sobriety didn’t “cure” him

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Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman

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By Liz Neporent
ABC News

After more than two decades of sobriety, Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found inside his New York City apartment on Sunday, police said, with a needle stuck in his arm, dead from a possible heroin overdose.

Even with 23 years of abstinence under his belt, experts say that it’s not all that surprising Hoffman fell off the wagon.

 

“We treat addiction like you can make it go away with a 28-day stint in rehab and that’s the end of it, but that’s not how it works,” said Dr. Joseph Shrand, a Harvard professor and the medical director of CASTLE, a teen addiction treatment center in Brockton, Mass. “It requires lifelong vigilance to stay clean.”

CASTLE (Clean And Sober Teens Living Empowered), is a teen addiction treatment center in Brockton, Mass.

Research suggests that the chance of…

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One thought on “Why Philip Seymour Hoffman’s 23 years of sobriety didn’t “cure” him

  1. Thank you!! This was very helpful! That is also another story that points out again what Christians already know from God’s Word, the Bible, that drug/alcohol/sex addictions are not really from within the people but rather people enticed by evil spirits (Ephesians 6:10-12) into drug use (designed to get progressively stronger and worse) and then being deceived by evil spirits who are masters of deceit (pros!) get them into doing things they would not ever do otherwise!!
    One could say they have mental illness, and I believe drug/alcohol addiction should be classified as such, as it is being done more and more today. Yeah!! Often it is called substance abuse co-occurring with mental illness (& often seen as causing drug related mental illness) For the help that really works permanently (though there may be a relapse or two) as proven by many, many who have gotten full and permanent recovery from very severe long term drug/alcohol addictions, as well as it also shown true in the Bible, is for the person who ended up addicted to look to God and His Word (Bible) for help from God who is full of compassion!! AND also help from loving Christian people and their continued support, such as through the Celebrate Recovery ministry where it is emphasized that Jesus is the Higher Power who really brings about Healing and permanent change.
    Yes, it is true by a close walk with God we as Believers are ever alert and to a degree keep our guard up to being tricked by the devil into some destructive to ourselves or others behavior (Ephesians 6:10-18). We know “God is my help” when it comes to resisting such tricky enticements by the enemy, and know by looking to God and trusting in ‘His ability’, we then can succeed quite consistently!!
    Also reading and memorizing scriptures daily (It really is fun!!) and having them handy when a need arises such as in the 23rd Psalm where it say “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want (including ability to recognize and resist the devil’s enticements and deceptions in regard to drugs or alcohol)” and “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (including suicidal thoughts or urges), I will fear no evil, for You, O God, are with me!” KNOWING, as the Bible also says:
    “I can do all things through ‘Christ who STRENGTHENS me’!!”
    And “God will never leave me or forsake (ie, neglect to help) me (even if I stumble, relapse, fall into some terrible sin!)
    “God is LOVE!!” (1 John 4:16)
    With Jesus’ Compassion 4 America! (& the world!!)
    Love, Soteria (& Jesus!!)

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