Oscar Winner Leaves Detox Center After Treatment for Heroin Abuse TMZ, MTV

An Academy Award-winning actor has checked out from a detox facility after receiving treatment for a substance abuse problem that reportedly included heroin. TMZ reports that Philip Seymour Hoffman is back at work after 10 days in treatment.

“Hoffman -- who struggled with substance abuse in the past but kicked the habit for 23 years -- fell off the wagon more than a year ago,” the story reports. “He tells TMZ it started slowly with prescription pills, and recently escalated to snorting heroin.”

Hoffman, who won an Oscar for his lead role in the 2005 movie “Capote,” reportedly checked out of the detox center last Friday. His rehab had not been reported.

The actor “tells us the heroin use only lasted a week or so and he quickly realized he needed help, so he checked himself into a detox facility on the East Coast,” TMZ reports. The story adds that a cleaned-up Hoffman is now working on a movie that will be set in Europe.

An MTV report adds: “In an interview with ‘60 Minutes’ in 2006, the actor opened up about his prior substance abuse issues, which began shortly after he graduated from New York University. ‘It was anything I could get my hands on. ... I liked it all,’ he said at the time. ‘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 MTV report notes that Hoffman has a number of upcoming projects, “including November's ‘Catching Fire,’ Anton Corbijn's ‘The Most Wanted Man’ and ‘God's Pocket,’ which is being helmed by ‘Mad Men’ star John Slattery.”


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