Philip Seymour Hoffman was an exceptional actor. During his career he won an Oscar & starred in more than 50 movies.
He was very open about his battle with addiction. He was a heavy drinker & experimented with heroin in his early 20s, having his first rehab at 22. He remained in an abstinence programme, with his sobriety being at the centre of his life for over 20 years. However in his 40s he picked up a drink, which then led to other drugs including prescription drugs & then heroin. He returned to rehab on 2 occasions but after 3 months his addiction took hold again.
Leading up to his death, he had begun to isolate himself & plans were set up for another rehab after the filming of The Hunger Games. Unfortunately after returning home he started using again & three days later he sadly lost his battle with addiction. On February 2nd 2014 The Academy Award-Winning actor was found dead on the bathroom floor with a syringe in his arm. He was 46 years old.
There are many actors, artists & musicians that are affected by addiction. There are many that are in a recovery programme & also those that have lost their lives through addiction.
In our art groups we often paint people in the public eye that are affected by addiction. It helps to show to anyone that maybe struggling that they are not alone in their battle, it shows that recovery is possible & that addiction never discriminates.