The tragic death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has inspired celebrities to not only speak of his talent, but for some to admit their own addictions. That's exactly what happened with former Desperate Housewives star Shawn Pyfrom who wrote an open letter on his Tumblr page.
The 27-year-old actor who played Bree Van de Kamp's troubled son on the show admitted, "I am an alcoholic and a drug addict."
He also shared that he was advised not to go public with the information, but he decided that he couldn't "stay quiet anymore about this…"
He just celebrated five months of sobriety, so he's early in the process. However, he does say that it's "the longest I've been sober since I began using."
The young actor talks about how drugs personally affected him. He wrote, "Whether you are the occasional user, or someone that uses every day. Every moment spent using drugs (alcohol included) is a moment stolen from your life. A memory you will only recall with vague reflection — through fogged glass. Leaving an imprint in your memory, like a stamp without it's ink. That is, of course, my own realization."
With the loss of Hoffman's life on Sunday, Pyfrom felt like he couldn't be silent any longer. He continued, "Knowing that if, by sharing my story, I could potentially save a life — and didn't; that I would no longer be able to look myself in the mirror with the same pride I've allowed myself to have, for overcoming the thing that almost took my life."
He then addresses anyone reading the letter, "If you're reading this letter, I hope it comes to you with only encouragement. I hope it provides you strength, in the way that I've intended it. Whether you are currently battling an addiction, or have never even sipped a drink, I hope it gives you strength to consider the potential it has to take everything that is dear from you."
"I hope you can save your life."
Let's hope Pyfrom's letter has an impact on others who might be suffering from an addiction.
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