Since seemingly every other day we have news about Lindsay Lohan being forced to go to rehab, not going to rehab, checking into a different rehab, complaining about rehab, and any number of other rehab-related things, it can be weird when a celebrity not only enters a rehab facility of their own free will, but does it quickly and under the radar. But that’s what Philip Seymour Hoffman did. Hoffman told TMZ that he checked out of a detox facility on the East coast last Friday.
Hoffman kicked his past substance abuse for 23 years before starting to abuse prescription pills over a year ago. That escalated to snorting heroin. Hoffman clearly realized he had a problem very quickly, since he only used heroin for a week before checking himself into detox. It didn’t take him long to check in, and it also didn’t take him long to check out, because 10 days later he was done. And get this — he’s already back on set filming a movie in Europe. That’s something you definitely don’t hear coming out of Hollywood every day.
I am not even close to being an expert on rehab or detox or substance abuse in general, but 10 days seems very quick to me. It could just be that I’m used to celebrities serving 90-day sentences and returning so many times it seems like one long stint. Nevertheless, it’s great to hear that a star realized he had a problem and was able to make such a responsible decision so quickly, especially since he has children. Hoffman tells TMZ he credits “a great group of friends and family” with helping him get treatment. And doesn’t that seem to be the secret we hear over and over again?
It’s sad that we have to keep hearing these stories coming out of Hollywood day in and day out, but it’s comforting to know that some stars are indeed getting help before their problems escalate, and it’s even more comforting when they’re able to make the decision of their own volition. It’s also nice that Hoffman was able to keep his treatment under the radar while it was going on. Once again, that’s all too rare in Hollywood. Here’s hoping he got the help he needed to be healthier going forward.
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