Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has revealed he recently completed detox for drug abuse, including heroin use, TMZ is reporting.
Hoffman reportedly told TMZ he checked into a detox facility on the East Coast for 10 days after a prescription drug problem that started over a year ago escalated to him snorting heroin. He reportedly only used heroin for about a week before he realized he needed to seek help.
The Oscar-winner -- who checked himself out of the facility on Friday, May 24 -- had a drug problem in his early twenties but kicked the habit for 23 years before falling off the wagon. He thanks "a great group of friends and family" for standing by him.
In a 2006 interview with CBS' "60 Minutes," Hoffman discussed his past drug use. The 45-year-old explained that after graduating from New York University's drama school he was lured into a life of hard-partying.
"It was all that [drugs and alcohol], yeah, it was anything I could get my hands on... I liked it all," he said. Eventually he realized he needed to change. "I went [to rehab], I got sober when I was 22 years old. You get panicked... and I got panicked for my life. It really was just that."
He also said he was thankful he got sober before he got famous.
"I have so much empathy for these young actors that are 19 and all of a sudden they're beautiful and famous and rich. I'm like, 'Oh my God. I'd be dead.' You know what I mean? I'd be 19, beautiful, famous and rich. That would be it. I think back at that time. I think if I had the money, that kind of money and stuff. So, yeah [I would have died]."
Hoffman is set to star in "God's Pocket," an indie drama by John Slattery co-starring Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks and John Turturro, Variety reports. He also recently wrapped production on "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," which will hit theaters in November.
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