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Philip Seymour Hoffman

A Single Drink

Ultimately Led to Death

2/6/2014 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Philip Seymour Hoffman's recent and fatal path down the road of addiction was triggered by an innocent drink ... sources close to the actor tell TMZ.

Hoffman had been sober for 23 years prior to shooting "The Master" -- but during a wrap party in 2012, the actor succumbed to temptation ... and celebrated the movie with a drink ... which quickly became a couple of drinks.

Hoffman acknowledged to confidants ... the drinks opened the floodgates.  Addictions experts all say one drink can destroy an addict's life ... and that seems to be what happened here.

Sources tell us Hoffman didn't begin experimenting with heroin until 2013, after he had already fully fallen off the wagon. We're told he had long been curious about the drug.

It started with snorting -- and last May, he quickly checked into rehab because he was terrified it would escalate to IV use ... which it eventually did.

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166.

Cookie    

He was more than stupid!

256 days ago
167.

bigwang    

Why is everyone blaming the drug dealer 4 his death he didnt make him take the drugs and nobody made him drink eather Philip Seymour Hoffman did it all himself thay just sold the stuf so i think it's all his falt he's dead so blame him

256 days ago
168.

S.    

So stupidity killed him or he was already suicidal, this is not normal behavior even for an addict.

256 days ago
169.

DrBill    

This needs to be said - I hope another addict who has suffered a relapse after many years. In all these 385 comments so far, no one has considered the physical illness that killed him. Alcohol and heroin share the same brain receptor and when that receptor activates then AFTER the chemical imbalance has happened does an addict in recovery suddenly, without premeditation, take a drink. Normally the receptor shuts down after an once or so of alcohol, but alcoholics have a defective "OFF" switch that expands the receptor rather than shutting it down - until massive amounts of alcohol finally overcome the process. We have medicine that can stop cravings - even though there is still emotional and spiritual damage that has to be addresses, it is the cravings that kill. May God help us all accept this truth - and get medical treatment to stop relapse.

256 days ago
170.

Vaillant     

The idea that the first drink gets you drunk does a great disservice to those with an alcohol problem. It sets up the alcoholic for binge drinking. Although taking the first drink is not a terribly bright for someone that has had a problem in the past one can stop a "relapse" at any point. After the first drink he could have realized it was a stupid thing to do. The case of a heroin relapse being one exception as the first shot could be the hot shot that kills. However, if he started with alcohol he could have come to his senses at any point, but the conditioning most alcoholics sets one up for binge drinking at a much greater rate than those who quit on their own or through alternate forms of treatment than the standard form most receive.

256 days ago
171.

DR. JERRY    


Am I the only one out here who would like to See Less coverage about SEYMOUR? Honestly, I never even heard of this guy before he overdosed on drugs; now we can't stop the endless flow of reports about his death. Enough already with the dead junkie!

256 days ago
172.

DiM    

Not to mention that Pheonix is DEEP into heroin and Rx drugs.

256 days ago
173.

Dot    

Rehab is not serious enough to work.

256 days ago
174.

Jan Yager    

In my novel, THE PRETTY ONE by Jan Yager -- I added my name because it turns out there are at least two other novels with the same title! -- , I show how a talented, thin bestselling psychologist initially resists the doughnuts in the Green Room where she is before her TV appearance. But the next day, from all the pressure of the situation, and the underying conflicts that the experience stirs up, she does eat the doughnut. And for her, it is the start of a food binge that leads to weighing over 200 pounds. Of course overeating is not the same thing as drinking or drugs, but it's still an addiction and the feeling of being out of control -- of the substance controlling you -- is a powerful one. Only getting at the underlying cause for the addiction can permanent change occur. So very sad that Philip Seymour Hoffman didn't have that chance. RIP in Phillip Seymour Hoffman.RIP.

256 days ago
175.

Midge    

I cannot buy into this -- I thought I read he was an addict years ago. In any event, to my mind--he committed suicide by going overboard wieth drugs.

256 days ago
176.

Red Sam Rackham    

Gee, so now it's booze, not marijuana, that's the alleged gateway drug that leads to the hard stuff?!?!? Sheeeeesh! ☺

256 days ago
177.

richard nicoletti    

Is anyone surprised? Addicts can't even smell it.

256 days ago
178.

FREDDY    

IT'S TO BAD WE JUST CAN'T LET HIM BE DEAD . AND LET HIM REST. AND TAKE THE SADNESS HIS FAMILY IS HAVE-N NOT BE OVERSHOWED BY HIS USE OF DRUGS. IT WAS HIS WAY OF GET-N THROUGH LIFE. GOODBY AND REST EASY PSH.

256 days ago
179.

Eliza    

I have read that he started experimenting with heroin in college or right after and then got sober. it wasn't something new.

256 days ago
180.

Linda    

Seymour Hoffman killed himself, plain and simple.

256 days ago
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