Jamie Lee Curtis Opens Up About Addiction After Philip Seymour Hoffman Death

Jamie Lee Curtis Opens Up About Addiction After Philip Seymour Hoffman Death

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The 55-year-old actress stresses that while Hoffman's death is tragic, non-famous drug addicts who lose their lives to their disease are “no less sad”

Monday was Jamie Lee Curtis’ 15-year anniversary of sobriety, and although it was just a day after Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a suspected heroin overdose, the actress chose to remind us that addiction doesn't just affect the rich and famous.

“I went to sleep last night imagining the grief of the family, children, friends, colleagues and fans of Mr. Hoffman. His gifts, so powerful, his demons, more so,” Curtis wrote in a Huffington Post blog.”I awoke to the love and support of my husband and family and friends and fellow sober folk who trudge and share, linked in our common recovery from the grips of a disease that killed my brother at 21 and a friend's son at 20.”

“What we rarely talk about are the deaths of the unknown soldiers and civilians, the non-famous,” Curtis continued. “Their deaths, no less sad and tragic, their families’ grief, any lesser.”

Also read: Philip Seymour Hoffman ‘Seemed High,’ Took Out $1,200 From Supermarket ATM Before Death, CNN Says

Hoffman, an Academy Award winner, was found dead on Sunday in his apartment, where investigators reportedly found approximately 50 packets of heroin. Autopsy results are pending.

Curtis advised her readers to educate themselves about addiction, as well as other mental health issues, and get involved in their community or family to help others affected by it.

See video: Philip Seymour Hoffman Death: 10 of His Finest Movie Moments

“To just read about Mr. Hoffman and then agree that it is sad and then do nothing to help another, seems the waste. Not his death but our communal inaction to it,” Curtis concluded. “I am going to try to lend a hand, try to help another and try to relate this very sad moment to my own salvation, one day at a time.”

  • Michael Franklin

    We lost two sons to this evil and deadly drug in 2012. Yet the USA allows poppy to be grown in Afghanistan and heroin to flood the country. Something is terribly wrong here.

    • alumette

      Opium is a main ingredient in many medicinal potions, all legal. The problems that lie with addictions would not change if the poppies were eliminated. It is a deeper and less published issue.

      • brad

        i know all you parents who lost children to this drug want to have their death mean something but sorry it didnt. it was a tragedy and there is no one to blame case things happen. you cant eradicate poppy its the best painkilling drug for medicine. i was a heroin addict for 10 yrs and it was my fault and my decision period. im sure i had some depression but who doesnt. if you want to help your children if they start using then find them something that is more important to them then the drug cause thats the only way people quit and still it doesnt always work. look at others countries and how there decriminalization of drugs has help there addiction numbers and how are war on drugs has made it worse. when addicts have to live an illegal life they are much less likely to tell a doctor or family member. and in reality its not worse than alcohol. we need to follow their lead. heroin should be treated with heroin not methadone and other crap thats worse..make heroin legal and controlled like methadone and subutex and people wont have to live an illegal lifestyle which has them going to criminals to buy drugs w what they dont know what is in them. let alone the taxes from the drugs would help us know and we wouldnt have mexican drug cartels controlling our streets and we wouldnt waste all this money putting addicts in prison and wasting money on things like the dea. what a joke they are. the drug isnt winnable but it sure is fundable haha. stop wasting our taxes people do what they want the fathers of this country would be sick if they knew the federal government was telling me what i could put in my own body. get out of other peoples business and stop being judgmental and nosey. .even the bible say dont tell someone about the twig in their eye when you have a log in yours.

    • James D

      Well, I would say something was off at home that you would have not one but two sons lost to drug addiction. Do I need to help you raise your children now?

      • Ellie G

        You must either know very little about drug addiction or be totally lacking in empathy to say something so ignorant. Please educate yourself, or take some sensitivity training.

      • frank cannon

        The D is for Dickhead…

      • Burphelson AFB

        nice show of sensitivity. get some therapy and try to show a little humanity. losing two sons is a tragedy, not fodder for the Snarkosphere. Christ!

      • laserbabe

        Well, you would say that, but that would be your own arrogance and ignorance speaking, and let's hope your kids aren't behaving that way too. An enormous number of people taking drugs early in life have early symptoms of mental illness, in particular, bipolar disorder, depression, and insidious onset schizophrenia. They are trying to feel “normal” again, as their symptoms appear and progress. Undiagnosed mental illness in adolescence and early adulthood is a key driver for drug use countless persons, who progress to addiction and may still remain undiagnosed, as the drug use masks the underlying mental illness and creates its own symptoms. This would be the exact kind of situation YOU and countless parents like you would and do fail to recognize, and get properly diagnosed, because of this attitude of moral superiority.

    • James D

      What the heck is the US supposed to do about the Afghans growing poppies? You can't eradicate this problem in the fields. Have you ever flown over Afghanistan? I have many times and there is not way we can even contemplate visiting every corner of this backward country. So, the best thing to do is instill in your children that drugs are bad, nothing good will come from them and then lead by example. It worked for me and my brothers and sister and extended family – I don't have a single close relative with a drug problem and trust me, if someone is addicted, you would know it. You might not say anythign but you would know. Just like Hoffman's family knew and I am sure just like you knew.

      • pushkin

        This makes total sense, James D. My family is the same. Neither of my kids nor my grandsons who are both jazz musicians, smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol or do drugs. It's too easy to blame others – especially in far-off countries like Afghanistan. Teach your kids as soon as they can talk that all these addictions are a “NO”. The first puff is the worst and it's difficult to turn back.

      • TruthSeeker

        The Taliban had eliminated poppy production in Afghanistan.

        Poppy/heroin production is at it highest levels ever.

        google :Drug War? American Troops Are Protecting Afghan Opium. U.S. Occupation Leads to All-Time High Heroin Production

        google : Mena, AR Cocaine.

        Government entities, particularly CIA use drug profiteering to finance their covert operations.

        All at the expense of the people of the US and the world.

    • Bruce W. Buckley

      First, I am so sorry for your losses. I have to tell you that poppy is also legal to grow in the states. I'm not sure the age of your sons but, I think part of the problem is most people that try heroin are not well versed in the heroin epidemic of the 60s and 70s. However, the GOLDEN gateway to heroin is prescription drugs made out of opiates.
      Please excuse some of the above comments for some people are addicted to running their mouths about things they know nothing about.

  • Antidote

    Hoffman death was his own choice. The millionaire stuck the heroin syringe in his own arm. I am pleased the scumbag succeded. Keep up the good old blame game, hypocrites. The poor farmer in Afghanistan is not the problem – the users are the free market and Hollywood should be our least concern…

    • Lucifer Cummings

      What the fuck are you on about, you crazy son-of-a-bitch?!

    • James D

      Exactly. Hollywood promotes this culture thrugh their flippant potrayal in the movies (same as they do with gun) but wants not part in being held liable for it. But they will all come out and implore us all to “get more involved”… unreal.

      • pushkin

        Lucifer Cummings: —and WTF are YOU on about?? Not that I'm at all pleased that PSH succeeded in killing himself, but no-one but he himself made him stick that syringe into his arm. And it's hardly the fault of some poor farmer trying to make a living so that Hollywood film stars can buy their wares in order to eventually kill themselves. There IS such a thing as self-discipline—

    • badself

      Exactly right. We are each responsible for ourselves. Sort of ironic, though, that you of all people – living on unemployment and food-stamps – would make such a comment. If you had stayed in high school you would not need to wash dogs for food.

  • saintgauden

    Addiction becomes a chemical problem, but trying drugs the first time is a risk-taking behavior and not a “disease.” Be kind to others, teach your kids well, and don't overemphasize the superficial qualities in life. Drug abuse is escapism, for whatever reason.

    • James D

      Well said. Nothing tragic about it as it usually is many years in the making. Very few decide to go out and get high and end up dead the next day.

      • Billy Cairns

        It happens too often with ecstacy pills.Just one pill,first timers and that's all she wrote.I agree it usually takes time though.Most are trying to reach that high they got when first taking this and end up using too much.

    • laserbabe

      An enormous number of people engaging in what you call (and often is) “risk-taking behavior” is often young people with early symptoms of mental illness, in particular, bipolar disorder, depression, and insidious onset schizophrenia. They are trying to feel “normal” again, as their symptoms appear and progress. Undiagnosed mental illness in adolescence and early adulthood is a key driver for drug use countless persons, who progress to addiction and may still remain undiagnosed, as the drug use masks the underlying mental illness and creates its own symptoms. All too often, it has nothing to do with what you are talking about.

      • ray

        Sounds like bs to me. Most of these people don't have an underlying mental disorder….they are just sheep following the crowd.

      • saintgauden

        Mental illness is often b.s….I know that is an unpopular view, but it is. Usually, calling someone mentally ill is part of a power game between people. Drug abuse is often a way to escape the abuse of others…other times it is something someone gets involved in because they want a thrill.

        Drug users are often sheeple who follow the crowd, they are usually considered more “normal” than non-users by the mental health community…because they are followers.

    • http://twitter.com/jayminho jayminho

      beautiful beautiful comment . loved it.
      im tired of those people mourning this man child selfish mf..
      guy had kids, guy had a family, guy had all “material goods” that many spend life trying to achieve. all this depression, drug addiction bs..
      too hell with this.
      he died, well done!

  • James D

    Yeah, speak for yourself Jamie. Nobody in my family is hooked on drugs and if they were, I would expend my energy there. I don't need you lecturering to me to get move involved. I do my part by not becoming a part of that mess to begin with. The sad fact is, most Hollywood celebs are backers of legalizing drugs – making it easier to get hooked and ultimately having to struggle against this addiction which is NOT a disease.

    • jaminjet

      Well said…with the exception of your reference to addiction not being a disease. Addiction is a disease. The abuse of drugs or alcohol is a symptom
      of a deep-seeded condition within the individual.

    • brad

      shut up your a retard

      • James D

        Brad, go medicate yourself and then fuck off.

  • SAC

    Mrs. Curtis is a class act. You clowns are a bunch of simple minded F..ks

  • superhamster

    I just fed Jamie Lee a huge mouthful of Activia, and it's still dripping from the corners of her mouth. I think some got in her hair, too. Now she's kneeling in front of me and says she wants more. I can't ignore those pleading eyes.

  • Benjamin Roussey

    A sad case.

  • Benjamin Roussey

    With socialized medicine (Obamacare)
    there will be 30 million more people pouring into the system with the same
    amount of doctors. Your kids will die in the waiting room and I will laugh when
    it happens.

    • laserbabe

      Actually, you are completely wrong on every count, but wallow in your own ignorance.

      • Benjamin Roussey

        Really? Is that why Texas is thriving and California is not?

        • Benjamin Roussey

          It is called “personal
          responsibility”. We know liberals hate those two words when they are together
          because they do not want to take responsibility for their actions. It is not
          rich people’s fault you or your kids dropped out of high school. It is not rich
          people’s fault that they decided to study in high school and had the guts to
          start their own business and work at it until they had a winning product and/or
          service. It is not rich people’s fault that you chose to have a child out of wedlock
          and not listen to good advice when it was being handed to you. Most rich people
          were not born rich, they worked hard and did not spend all their spare time
          watching MTV or waiting for something to happen. They made it happen and they
          employ millions of Americans in jobs that matter. Your government job does not
          matter, most likely. And union members kill jobs but that is another story. It
          is about personal responsibility which liberals do not want to acknowledge
          because then they would have to realize their failure and stagnant professional
          is their fault and on one else’s.

          • Benjamin Roussey

            We have a shortage of doctors in America and Obamacare will make it worse. How do you figure otherwise?

          • Benjamin Roussey

            Sorry, getting sued for looking at a patient wrong is not going to entice people to be doctors. We need health care reform but not this. $600 million on a jacked up website, that is money well spent?

          • Benjamin Roussey

            TEN
            POOREST CITIES (over 250,000 population)

            City,
            State, % of People Below the Poverty Level

            1.
            Detroit , MI

            32.5%

            2.
            Buffalo , NY

            29.9%

            3.
            Cincinnati , OH

            27.8%

            4.
            Cleveland , OH

            27.0%

            5. Miami
            , FL

            26.9%

            5. St.
            Louis , MO

            26.8%

            7. El
            Paso , TX

            26.4%

            8.
            Milwaukee , WI

            26.2%

            9.
            Philadelphia , PA

            25.1%

            10.
            Newark , NJ

            24.2%

            What do
            the top ten cities (over 250,000 population)

            with the
            highest poverty rate all have in common?

            Detroit, MI (1st) hasn't elected a
            Republican mayor since 1961.

            Buffalo , NY (2nd) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1954.

            Cincinnati , OH (3rd) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1984.

            Cleveland , OH (4th) hasn't elected a
            Republican mayor since 1989.

            Miami , FL
            (5th) has
            never had a Republican mayor.

            St. Louis , MO (6th) hasn't elected a
            Republican mayor since 1949.

            El Paso , TX (7th) has never had a
            Republican mayor.

            Milwaukee , WI (8th) hasn't elected a
            Republican mayor since 1908.

            Philadelphia , PA (9th) hasn't elected a
            Republican mayor since 1952.

            Newark , NJ (10th) hasn't elected a
            Republican mayor since 1907.

            Einstein once said:

            ‘The
            definition of insanity is doing the same thing over
            and over again and expecting different results.’

            It is the poor who habitually elect Democrats yet they are still
            POOR!

            “You
            cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.You cannot strengthen the weak by
            weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging
            thrift.You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.You
            cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.You cannot build character
            and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence.You cannot help
            people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do
            for themselves.”

          • Benjamin Roussey

            I win, again!

          • Benjamin Roussey

            But America is losing because of Obama.

          • Benjamin Roussey

            · You
            cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealthy out
            of prosperity.

          • Benjamin Roussey

            Obama Imposes $488B Worth
            of Regulation

          • Benjamin Roussey

            Capitalism has
            created the highest standard of living ever known on earth. The evidence is
            incontrovertible. The contrast between West and East Berlin is the latest
            demonstration, like a laboratory experiment for all to see.

          • brad

            i hate democrats. but if you think republicans are significantly better and have our interests at heart youre insane. if you go too far to the left youre going to meet the same idiots from the far right. america has become a plutocracy. we need capaign finance reform cause w out that we will have to continue to choose between 2 assholes from 2 parties who try to convince us we have a enemy that isnt them. the 1 percent have always said we can always pay one half of the poor to kill the other half. im a white gun advocate who works hard as a pipe fitter and welder and graphic designer from pennsylvania so i know where youre coming from but look at what the richest one percent said when they were scared. they admitted they were too greedy and that economics politics,and business was rigged in this country. we need to fix this country no matter what and the first step is to fix what is broken. i wouldnt fight for this country again no matter what the circumstances because they dont care about the people. when the people are scared of the government there is tyranny and when the government is scared of the people there is liberty.

      • Benjamin Roussey

        530-392-4889 if you want me to explain to you how low taxes and less regulations creates jobs please let me know.

      • Benjamin Roussey

        There are jobs in Texas and Florida
        and not in California or any other state ran by liberals. Why? It really is not
        that hard to figure out. High taxes and excessive regulations are job killers.
        If you care about prosperity or job creation, voting liberal does not make any
        sense. Societies with lower taxes, and this is proven throughout the ages, that
        levy lower taxes thrive; societies that levy high taxes and regulations kill
        jobs and opportunity for their people. This is why the Sarbanes Oxley, EPA
        rules, Dodd/Frank, our ridiculous tax code, Obamacare, all have to be curtailed
        or cut back. If not, you will have a pathetic economy like we do now. Good job
        Texas and other conservative states for leading the way. California, Illinois,
        New York, you deserve to crumble and you are because you continue to vote into
        office clueless job killing politicians.

  • Benjamin Roussey

    It is called “personal
    responsibility”. We know liberals hate those two words when they are together
    because they do not want to take responsibility for their actions. It is not
    rich people’s fault you or your kids dropped out of high school. It is not rich
    people’s fault that they decided to study in high school and had the guts to
    start their own business and work at it until they had a winning product and/or
    service. It is not rich people’s fault that you chose to have a child out of wedlock
    and not listen to good advice when it was being handed to you. Most rich people
    were not born rich, they worked hard and did not spend all their spare time
    watching MTV or waiting for something to happen. They made it happen and they
    employ millions of Americans in jobs that matter. Your government job does not
    matter, most likely. And union members kill jobs but that is another story. It
    is about personal responsibility which liberals do not want to acknowledge
    because then they would have to realize their failure and stagnant professional
    is their fault and on one else’s.

  • Benjamin Roussey

    · You
    cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealthy out
    of prosperity.

    • laserbabe

      or the callous into compassion, or the douchecanoes into decency. Thank you for proving that point.

  • Barry Lyons

    Philip Seymour Hoffman's death is a terrible, tragic thing. But drug addiction is not a disease. It's something else.

    • laserbabe

      gosh, thank you for setting the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the World Health Organization, among others, straight.

      • Barry Lyons

        You bet. You might want to look into what addiction specialist Stanton Peele has to say. He says (among other things) that the belief that addiction is a disease is a “fantasy”. You may want to check out his new book (I haven't yet). I agree. Carl Hart implicitly holds the same position as well. I'll leave it to you to investigate both men on this subject.

        There's an element to drug-taking behavior that proves addiction is not and cannot ever be a disease (not to be confused with the fact that excessive, compulsive drug use can CAUSE disease). It's the elephant in the room, and it amazes me that the organizations you cited can't see it. Well, it doesn't amaze me, actually. Once you go down certain rabbit holes it's hard to burrow yourself out. Such is the nature of the ongoing human comedy.

        • laserbabe

          another ignorant troll.

          • Barry Lyons

            Nothing ignorant going on here!

            However, it would appear that YOU are the ignorant one because you don't want to investigate the work of Stanton Peele and Carl Hart. In other words, your intent, such as it is, is to ignore them and, in effect, well, remain ignorant.

            That's funny.

  • LanceButterworth

    wow…another has been actress looking for free publicity off the back of a dead guy…LOL!

  • Benjamin Roussey

    Too bad what happened.

  • Benjamin Roussey

    The greatest thing America
    offers is that it guarantees that there are no guarantees. With socialism, it
    takes away your ability to fail. Putting a bottom on you, but with a bottom
    always comes a top, to a point where your limits are defined not by you but by
    the state and Never allowing you to define your worth and who you are. America
    offers no guarantees, allowing the opportunity to fail, but in doing so allows
    you the freedom to define who you are as a person, created by God, with
    unlimited potential and the opportunity to succeed beyond your wildest dreams.

    “Life, Liberty, and the PURSUIT of happiness”

  • Benjamin Roussey

    These
    two, short sentences tell you a lot about our government and our culture:

    1. We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of
    a few lunatics,

    but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics.

    Funny how that works.

    And here’s another one worth considering.

    2. Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is
    going to run out of money.

    How come we never hear about welfare running out of money?

    What's
    interesting is the first group “worked for” their money, but the
    second didn't.

    • laserbabe

      oh please tell your mommy to let you have your porn channel again so you don't have to earn nickels trolling here.

      • Benjamin Roussey

        It is called “personal
        responsibility”. We know liberals hate those two words when they are together
        because they do not want to take responsibility for their actions. It is not
        rich people’s fault you or your kids dropped out of high school. It is not rich
        people’s fault that they decided to study in high school and had the guts to
        start their own business and work at it until they had a winning product and/or
        service. It is not rich people’s fault that you chose to have a child out of
        wedlock and not listen to good advice when it was being handed to you. Most
        rich people were not born rich, they worked hard and did not spend all their
        spare time watching MTV or waiting for something to happen. They made it happen
        and they employ millions of Americans in jobs that matter. Your government job
        does not matter, most likely. And union members kill jobs but that is another
        story. It is about personal responsibility which liberals do not want to
        acknowledge because then they would have to realize their failure and stagnant
        professional is their fault and on one else’s.

      • Benjamin Roussey

        530-392-4889 – if you want explain to me that the fall of Detroit was not caused by Democrats and unions.

        The more you talk, the closer we come to $18,000,000,000,000 in debt.

      • Benjamin Roussey

        Do you know why jobs
        continue to leave liberal states for conservative ones? Because conservatives
        and conservative states are business friendly. As long as black people continue to complain about life
        (just like Arabs continue to complain about America) they will continue to
        suffer, leave their families, drop out of school, not accomplish much, and not
        focus on being successful.

  • Benzyboy420

    What's so special about him dying from from drug use , people has been dying for centuries. Nothing different here. The media always attempts to make it appear how much sadder one should feel from hearing that a famous person died form drug use. Their lives are no more specia than any other Heroinehead's life Get over it.

  • Trix

    Drug addiction is a disease YOU choose to have. Not all people with mental illness become a drug addict or all drug addict have mental illness. Although drug addiction is a disease, it is one that you started. Sorry but it is the truth and it is a very sad truth.
    And trying to blame the countries that “produce” the drugs, it's an act of denial. How about to start here in our country where some of the music that you can hear on the radio station praise the use of drugs. I'm young and never tried drugs (nor my brother). I think I have to thank my parents….they were so annoying about that, but I think it worked (still works)

  • D

    With the exception of a few of you, you are all very insenstive and probably have never had anything terrible happen to any of you. And Billy your ecstacy statement needs to be researched. Propaganda

  • robin o rhys

    I have been reading this and all the comments but it is bit of a paradox. One is a lost, could have been for any reason (we are yet to be sure of the real cause), a lost is a lost. And it could have been any lost be it poor, rich, infamous (the point Jamie is trying to make). And here the paradox we continue distributing the story from another well known. It all sells nicely, isn't it. Next time we write an article of the supposedly real reason of the lost but do not disclose it, we twist a bit the headline so it sells. And yet another well-known will open up next. The fact is the same, this is an issue there are many more issues. Question is what effect it has over you, what do you learn from it and what can you possibly do by any of your available means to help in resolving or alleviate those issues… talk talk talk. If you seem to know better why do not you fix it or help to fix it. Do you think what you say will have consequence, how?. Mentality is the same, will be the same – where more is less in everything, wealth, feeling good, etc. sometime is just let other people business be for themselves unless you can bring something for better or worse (if that will make them realize for a wake up call)

  • larsonjs

    I appreciate Jamie's emphasis on the that non-famous people suffer just as much as the rich and famous. I've always appreciated her. She seems like she has her feet on the ground. Thank you Jamie – you are a wonderful actress and although i don't know you, I suspect that you are a great human being.