Blog/Addiction and Mental Illness

Hard to believe it’s been 4 years – what a true loss.

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My Sunday morning writing ritual came to a sudden halt when I heard the shocking news of the untimely death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.  Although I did not know him personally, I became besieged with disbelief, sadness and dismay, causing me to stop penning my weekly blog and shut down my computer. At the time, the cause of death was unknown, however it was reported that he was found with a needle in his arm.

This tragedy is another harsh reminder that drug addiction and mental illness do not discriminate. Fame and fortune do not protect the human brain from disease. Telling someone with an addiction to “just stop using” is on par with advising a person in the throes of severe depression to “think happy thoughts” – no matter their status in life. Addiction and mental illness are equal opportunists, and anyone who has one or the other…

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