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Philip Seymour Hoffman: Out of Rehab, Back On the Wagon!

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman is out of rehab and back on the sobriety wagon, folks!

What, you didn’t know he’d fallen off?

Neither did I, but apparently Hoffman had been abusing prescription drugs for the past year. Also, he started using heroin just one week before entering the east coast detox program.

Hoffman, who is well known for his roles in Capote and Moneyball (and, if you’re me, as Lester Bangs in the most ridiculously best movie of all time, Almost Famous), saw his backslide after an impressive 23-year sober stretch.

“You have to make your reputation on being honest, and unmerciful.” – Hoffman as Lester Bangs

After graduating from New York University’s drama school, Hoffman began abusing drugs and alcohol, “anything [he] could get [his] hands on…[he] liked it all.”

It wasn’t long before Hoffman got his act together, though:

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.

The 45-year-old actor is already back on set in Europe, working on God’s Pocket, an indie film with Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks. He recently finished filming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which hits theaters November 2013.

Hoffman reportedly credits “a great group of friends and family” for helping him get sober again.

Can any of you relate to Hoffman’s story, readers? Have any of you ever fallen off the wagon? If so, who helped you get treatment?

Image Credit: Georges Biard

Philip Seymour Hoffman: Out of Rehab, Back On the Wagon!

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."

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