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Philip Seymour Hoffman

Entered Detox

For Narcotic Abuse

5/31/2013 8:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Philip Seymour Hoffman just got out of detox for a drug problem that was spinning out of control ... a problem he desperately wanted to nip in the bud ... and he's already back doing a movie.

Hoffman -- who struggled with substance abuse in the past but kicked the habit for 23 years -- fell off the wagon more than a year ago.  He tells TMZ it started slowly with prescription pills, and recently escalated to snorting heroin. 

Hoffman -- who won a Best Actor Oscar in 2006 for "Capote" -- tells us the heroin use only lasted a week or so and he quickly realized he needed help, so he checked himself into a detox facility on the East Coast.
 
He says he was at the facility for 10 days and checked out last Friday.  Hoffman credits what he calls "a great group of friends and family" for helping him seek the treatment he needed to get better.

And at least for now, it seems it worked, because Hoffman is clean and back on a movie set in Europe.

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31.

Andyconda#LITTLESTAR    

what he lacks in looks he makes up in skills,talent and brains

423 days ago
32.

Dave    

I have nothing but respect for someone who has an issue and does something about it. Amanda and Lindsay could learn something from the man.

423 days ago
33.

brad    

he looks high in all his movies

423 days ago
34.

Jenn    

His honesty is refreshing. I hope 10 days was enough though. That doesn't sound like much considering it was a year long relapse that escalated to heroin, but he sounds committed to getting well, so hopefully it was enough.

423 days ago
35.

JustaGuy    

I have an opiate addiction as well for the last year. I was ready to kill myself and found them as an escape. Thought I could "handle" it. I estimate I've spent about $20K over the last year on over priced "escapes".

The only problem is I'm 3 days sober currently (I haven't been 3 days sober in at least 4 months) and already those feelings are coming back. Been to therapy, on anti-d's etc nothing helps other than oxy, perks, vic's. Yea my life is F'ed.

Good on Philip S H for hopefully kicking his addiction. His struggle is going to be that in his position and financial situation is he can access and pay for anything he wants.
Least us little guys have to search for availability and figure out how to find the money.

423 days ago
36.

lou    

Who?

423 days ago
37.

Jules1998    

He is a fantastic actor!! Good for him!! Hope he can beat it and continue to make great flicks!! The great Lester Bang!!

423 days ago
38.

paul a.    

Please take care of yourself, Phillip!

We dont want to lose one of the greatest actors this country has ever produced!!

423 days ago
39.

Mimi    

10 days? that's not long enough to kick a narcotics habit... it's only enough time to get the last overdose out of his system, not change behavior.

423 days ago
40.

laura    

Good for him, it takes a strong person to recognize his problem and nip it in the bud before it gets worse and destroys your life. Most people have to hit bottom and have their lives become unmanageable before they are forced to make a change. Hats off to him - opiate addiction is no joke and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.

423 days ago
41.

Meg    

Addiction laughs at your money and scoffs at your success. It doesn't care about your talents and it tells you that you need something, when all you need is to not have it.

Addiction stems from a brain imbalance wherein the user feels a release of the psychological pain that they have lived with, whether it be depression, PTSD, history of abuse, etc. This can happen to anyone regardless of social status.

There's always a few a$$holes that don't get addiction on these threads, but I'm overcome by the amount of support and understanding from people. Robert Downey Jr. is now the highest paid actor in Hollywood. There is hope after addiction, but it's an everyday fight. But you can win.

423 days ago
42.

Derek    

The drug war consists largely of Whites going to detox and Blacks going to prison. Thomas Szasz called it a "war on Blacks."

423 days ago
43.

aemish    

yay! thank you for taking the necessary steps to ensure we will get to enjoy you in movies for many long healthy years to come! {{{{hugs}}}}

423 days ago
44.

Meg    

The positive about this is that people will start to understand that you don't have to be a homeless derelict to be an addict... extremely talented and successful people can become addicts. This will help erase the stigma, which will allow people to come forward and seek help, especially if they know there is a successful life after recovery (for example Robert Downey Jr., now the highest paid actor in Hollywood).

423 days ago
45.

Hot Chocolate    

Don't worry so much. If you can't control it, don't let it control you. The rule is, the moment something stops feeling good, stop. That's enough.

423 days ago
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