Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman

hoffmanCelebrated actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died yesterday of an apparent drug overdose. According to reports, the Academy Award winner was found in an apartment in New York with a needle in his arm and a powder substance nearby that was believed to be heroin. He was 46 years old.

Hoffman had troubles with drugs in the past. He said he had remained sober for many years, and then sought help at a detox center after using heroin and prescription drugs last year.

Often regarded as one of the greatest actors of his generation, Hoffman was nominated for several Oscars for his supporting roles in The Master (2012), Doubt (2008) and Charlie Wilson’s War (2007). He won for his leading role in Capote (2005).

Hoffman is mourned worldwide as many considered him to be an Everyman, as he didn’t fit the typical profile of the major star that he truly was. His tragic death joins the long list of amazingly talented artists whose lives have been cut short due to substance abuse and addiction.

If you have a loved one in need of intervention and treatment for an alcohol or drug problem, contact Family First Intervention today to find out how we can help.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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