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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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VidkunL    

What a shame he got caught up in it - he's an incredible talent. Glad he's getting help.

Be well, Philip!

423 days ago
62.

vixis    

Glad to see he realized he had a problem and took care of it before it got worst, when will the rest of those in Hollywood do the same?

423 days ago
63.

bobby brown    

He was on a drug for a week , only a week and he decided he needed help, something does not sound correct, or he is in desperate need of attention. He is an actor, so maybe it is attention, but I bet this was years in the making and detox helps in 4% of the cases. so he will be back, again and again and again

423 days ago
64.

psavko    

What did you expect from another liberal Hollywood reprobate? He's totally ungrounded in anything morally based and deserves the fires of hell he's in now.

423 days ago
65.

DW1982    

Wow, he couldn't do this quietly? What kind of ego trip is this man on?

423 days ago
66.

Lazy Lightning    

Can't believe people are being negative. Congratulations to him for taking care of his problem before it got big again. He may have only done H for a week, but if you read, he said he was on pain pills for a year, which is basically H. Once he switched to the H he knew he needed to get help or he'd die. He's an awesome actor and I for one want him around

423 days ago
67.

JR    

Who are these idiots that think, "hey, i think i'll try heroin today!"

423 days ago
68.

JR    

Who are these idiots that think, "hey, i think i'll try heroin today!"

423 days ago
69.

Evil BuddyP    

At least he was smart enough to get help

423 days ago
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opiates.com    

“I commend Philip Seymour Hoffman for addressing his addiction problem. It is tough when you are in the spotlight to share such personal problems, but it sounds like he has a great support system at home, which crucial to help beat any dependency. I hope that Philip being open about his road to sobriety will spark conversation nationally and within the celebrity community that prescription drug abuse is a growing epidemic that often leads to the use of other opiates such as heroin.”

423 days ago
71.

Nikki    

HEY KIDS, look at me I got off of heroine! Congratulate me for getting off of heroine!
Isn't it a great achievement??? Sure you could congratulate firefighters for saving your neighborhood but HEY, I got off of heroine!

423 days ago
72.

XOR    

Wishing him the best. He is an outstanding actor and deserves privacy and respect in this difficult time.

423 days ago
73.

ray    

Good for him, 23 years, sometimes the demon comes up and bites you in the ass. Luckily he made it back.

423 days ago
74.

Carl    

his wiki page says he died today

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Seymour_Hoffman

423 days ago
75.

Tyrone    

Marginal actor. Good at playing jerks - must come natural to him. Couldn't care less about his addictions.

423 days ago
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