I am always sad to learn of a fellow addict’s death, but am also always upset that it takes it happening to someone famous for the media to again take notice and devote time to this disease.
Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead of an overdose on the floor of his bathroom this past Sunday, February 2nd in Manhattan’s West Village, and now, once again, the media is giving airtime to this deadly disease and putting it in the spotlight.
My question is, what about all of the others out there who are succumbing to alcohol and drugs on a daily basis, but because they are not movie stars, singers, or notable athletes, we, as a society, never hear about their passing?
Do they not have families, friends and loved ones they leave behind, just as those who are well-known do?
I understand the way the media operates, having been employed in the industry myself for many years.
I also don’t mean to come off as being unsympathetic to the Hoffman tragedy, but just wish the media would cover and report on addiction more than just on the occasion of someone famous losing their battle to this terrible disease.
If change – real change – is ever going to occur to educate and inform people of the perils of alcohol and drug use, then the media, and each and every one of us in general, simply have to do our parts on a daily basis to keep this disease in the forefront of everyone’s minds.
For, if we don’t, it will sadly be just a matter of time until the next “Philip Seymour Hoffman” makes headlines again for the wrong reason.