Catholic Charities joins in mourning the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of the most widely admired actors of our time, who died on Sunday at the age of 46 of a heroin overdose.
Thanks to appearances in such movies as “Capote”, for which he won a best actor Oscar, The Big Lebowski and The Savages, his ease at combining a somehow laid-back intensity with an offbeat sense of humor made millions of us viewers identify with him as Mr. Everyman.
Unfortunately, Mr. Hoffman was also known for his struggle with addiction. He said on a 2006 “60 Minutes” interview that he had given up drugs and alcohol when he was 22, according to his obituary in The New York Times. Then last year he checked into a rehabilitation program for about 10 days after a reliance on prescription pills resulted in his turning again to heroin.
He is survived by numerous family members as well as his three young children.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction there is no need to struggle alone.
Catholic Charities affiliated agencies offer specific programs to help treat and overcome addiction. We helped treat 8,677 teenagers and adults last year for substance abuse.
Please contact us at:
- Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County, NY
- Create Inc
- New Hope Manor
- St. Francis Counseling Center