There’s not much more I can say about his death than Arron Sorkin said here. That is, that if you’re addicted to heavy drugs like heroin, the odds are decent good that you will die. It’s part of the territory.
I have never had a drug or alcohol addiction, so I can’t relate to that problem specifically. Though I occasionally have a glass of wine (usually never finishing the glass), I’ve never been truly drunk in my life and I’ve never done drugs. One could argue that at various times in my life I was addicted to food, but I don’t think that’s the same thing.
I understand being addicted to something. I also understand how hard it is to break the addiction. I know many people who struggle with quitting cigarettes and I see how painful it is.
What I don’t understand is that very first time you try the drug. That very first time a normal, intelligent, capable person who knows better purposefully and consciously shoves a needle in his/her arm and injects a highly addictive position into their own body. Or the first time they snort something up their nose. Or the first time they chose to suck smoke, smoke, mind you, into their bodies. Or take that pill. Or whatever.
I always wonder what those people were thinking that first time. They know it’s a drug. They know it will screw up their lives and cause nothing but problems. They know it might even kill them. But they do it anyway. Because of….what? Peer pressure? Maybe if they were 15 years old, but I know many addicts who started their drug use as adults.
I don’t understand it, and probably never will. Philip Seymour Hoffman was a magnificent actor I enjoyed very much. I’m sorry to see him go. I just don’t understand why he had to go.