Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died this past Sunday from a heroin overdose in his apartment in New York. He was 46 years old. Eight years ago in 2006, Hoffman told TV show “60 Minutes” in an interview that he’d given up drugs and alcohol when he was 22, fearing for his life. Unfortunately he relapsed last year. The strain of heroin found in his apartment is known as being especially strong, which may have contributed to the overdose.
Hoffman’s death underscores several things about not just heroin addiction, but about addiction in general. First, addiction knows no bounds when it comes to socioeconomic, racial, or professional boundaries. Even Hoffman, a well-known and respected actor, found himself suffering at the hands of a disease that can affect anyone. Second, he found himself suffering from addiction even after a 23 year period of sobriety. Relapse can happen even long after a person has given up drugs and alcohol. However, relapse is not a sign of weakness, it’s a part of the process of overcoming addiction. Contact The Bergand Group to get started on your path to overcome addiction.
If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. At The Bergand Group in Baltimore, MD our therapists have over twenty years’ experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehabilitation and drug rehabilitation. To speak with someone at our office, please call us at 410-853-7691.
About The Bergand Group
The Bergand Group is located in Lutherville, MD under the careful supervision of Dr. John Steinberg and Dr. Paul Giannandrea. The pair has created a true Dual Diagnosis and Co-Occurring Disorder treatment program in The Bergand Group. Two complimentary doctors to provide a setting in which patients can be treated and in which clinicians can work that embodies the core principles Dr. Steinberg and Dr. Giannandrea have held to in over 25 years of practice to form the Bergand Group.
As the treatment of mental health and addiction disorders requires addressing each patient’s individual needs, the ability to individualize that treatment is essential. The Bergand Group offers varying levels of intensity in outpatient services, both individual and group. Efforts are made to match clients with appropriate therapists. Pharmacologic therapy, drug monitoring and prescribing, use of antagonist and blocking agents, buprenorphine- both detox and maintenance, are offered.