Actor's story is about the power of addiction and recovery's rewards

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Our hearts go out to family, friends and colleagues of the very talented Philip Seymour Hoffman. We didn’t know him personally, but we know too well the struggles of his disease. We, like Mr. Hoffman, also know recovery. We know some (most?) of the media will do what they do and write about how Mr. Hoffman was found dead, but not about his well-known substance abuse problem. 

We hope the conversation can also be about the power and devastation of the disease of addiction and the incredible opportunities and rewards of recovery. Philip Seymour Hoffman shared openly about his addiction and his recovery. We thank him for that.

We at Message Carriers of Pennsylvania are an organization whose mission is to provide advocacy and recovery related services to individuals and family members impacted by addiction and/​or mental health disorders. We are “message carriers” because we educate others on the horrors of addiction and the possibilities and realities of recovery. 

Last week, on Jan. 30, Message Carriers held a viewing of the documentary film “The Anonymous People.” This film does an outstanding job explaining the ruinous aspects of alcoholism and drug addiction, but also details the impact of recovery on individuals, families and communities.

Addiction is powerful; left untreated it can be fatal. For Mr. Hoffman’s legacy, let’s also celebrate his decades of recovery and his resulting personal and professional contributions.

ROBIN HORSTON SPENCER
Executive Director
Message Carriers of Pennsylvania Inc.
East Liberty


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