Reach­ing out

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES - By TIM KEN­NEALLy

CapoTe star Philip Sey­mour Hoff­man’s tragic death last Sun­day of an ap­par­ent drug over­dose has in­spired for­mer Des­per­ate

ac­tor Shawn Pyfrom to open up about his own strug­gles with ad­dic­tion.

Pyfrom, who played Bree Van de Kamp’s son An­drew on the drama, ad­mits that he’s an al­co­holic and drug ad­dict in a post on his Tum­blr ac­count, say­ing that he’s ad­mit­ting his ad­dic­tions “against the ad­vice of oth­ers”.

The ac­tor, who said that he’s now five months sober and “rel­a­tively new” to so­bri­ety, writes in the post that he made his ad­mis­sion to en­cour­age oth­ers to con­quer their ad­dic­tions.

“I even ques­tion whether or not I should pub­lish this, as I type out th­ese words. But if th­ese words can en­cour­age some­one to hold on to their life, to keep from ever us­ing, or to find the strength to stop, then it’s more im­por­tant that th­ese words are shared,” Pyfrom wrote. “I’ve con­sid­ered what’s at stake for my­self by shar­ing this – but I find my­self with­out re­gard for that. I won’t al­low my self­ish needs to get in the way of po­ten­tially reach­ing another hu­man be­ing’s life.”

The ac­tor, 26, said that he “lived for drugs” for sev­eral years.

“I thought more about us­ing, than I thought about any other ‘plea­sures’,” the ac­tor wrote. “I put my­self in places I never would have ended up oth­er­wise for the sake of get­ting high.

“There are count­less nights of black­ing out, and mak­ing poor de­ci­sions as a re­sult of my overus­ing. I wasted the time of valu­able peo­ple, who worked so hard to pull my ca­reer to a higher place, by al­low­ing my ad­dic­tions to tug me out of their grip. I wor­ried the peo­ple that care about me. My friends. My par­ents. My sib­lings. All for the sake of some­thing that I be­lieved I had con­trol over. I didn’t even re­alise how low drugs and al­co­hol had pulled me.”

Pyfrom con­cluded his mes­sage by writ­ing that he hopes it gives the reader strength to avoid ad­dic­tion.

“I hope you can save your life,” Pyfrom wrote.

Hoff­man, 46, was found dead in his New York City apart­ment. The ac­tor, who had a his­tory of ad­dic­tion, en­tered a detox pro­gramme af­ter suf­fer­ing a re­lapse last year. — Reuters

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