Re-Recovery from Drugs and Alcohol Takes Commitment

by baladmin | August 18, 2013

After over 20 years of sobriety, Philip Seymour Hoffman was back to abusing drugs.

What he says started as prescription pill usage for pain, quickly progressed back to his old ways. In his 20s, Hoffman was fully addicted to opiates, the class of drugs that includes heroin, morphine, codeine, methadone, and prescription painkillers, like Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet, and Norco. When he finished drama school at New York University, Philip says he was attracted to a life of heavy partying.


Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Past

In 2006, he did a “60 Minutes” interview for CBS discussing his past drug use. Philip admitted that, “It was all that [drugs and alcohol], yeah, it was anything I could get my hands on… I liked it all.” At just 22 years old, the actor knew he needed help. He went to rehab and got sober.


Second Time Around

Fast forward 23 years and 45-year-old Philip Seymour Hoffman is checking himself into rehab again, this time for heroin detox. PSH spent 10 days in an intensive heroin detox program in May of this year that rid his system of the harmful chemicals in the prescription painkillers he was taking and in the heroin he was snorting. Philip seems to believe in the process of formal rehab that lasts longer than a week and a half of straight detox, but he was eager to get back to work on a few films.


Philip Seymour Hoffman As An Example

Recovery from drugs and alcohol takes commitment every day of an addict’s life. No matter how many years sober someone has, addiction can also convince you to use again if you are not actively engaged in your personal recovery.

Staying sober is just one piece of the puzzle. A community of sober peers is important for the rest of your life. Heroin detox, or any other “quick fix” will not sustain a life without drugs and alcohol. Heroin detox provided Philip with another chance at recovery, but only by getting him physically sober. He must now re-commit to choosing sobriety every single day.

The ability to identify a craving and a trigger can be learned while in a substance abuse treatment program, but like learning a second language or a new skill, without practice and attention to the subject, the tools will not kick in automatically when you need them.

If you, or someone you love, needs heroin detox plus formal treatment, contact Balboa Horizons now to find out what program is right for you!

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