Enough Already!


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.

About gman18

I came into the world on October 18, 1961. John F. Kennedy was President of the United States. The film West Side Story was released, and would go on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Major League Baseball was celebrating Roger Maris of the New York Yankees, who hit a then-record 61 home runs that season. I was an excellent student, although a bit of a class clown too. I spent a majority of my time playing sports, but fell in love with newspapers, which was how I was initially introduced into writing and storytelling. While attending Kingsborough Community College from 1979-1981, I served as editor-in-chief of the school's paper, and then joined the staff at Long Island University's Seawanhaka for my junior and senior years. At L.I.U. where I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism in 1983, I was also a selected member of Sigma Delta Chi, as well as Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges. My last year in college included an unpaid internship at WCBS-TV, Channel 2 in New York City, where I learned so much about the television business. Upon graduation, I landed a job at the network, starting as a news clerk for The CBS Morning News with Diane Sawyer, and also weekend shifts for The NFL Today with Brent Musburger. After quickly rising in the ranks to producer, my life suddenly went on a downward spiral due to addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling, which ultimately led to nearly six years behind bars for robbery. My time incarcerated gave birth to my first published book, Jew in Jail, which tells my true story of how I finally decided to deal with my addictions and turn my life around, all the while under the toughest conditions imaginable of being a minority in the prison system, forced to fend for myself. Writing Jew in Jail - as I was doing my time - allowed me to become very introspective, and realize that I could help others in similar situations of being an addict and/or living with low self-esteem. Today, I still reside in my hometown of Brooklyn, New York, where I am working on my next book project, continuing to promote Jew in Jail, and always helping other addicts through my motivational and inspirational speeches, and one-on-one consultations.
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6 Responses to Enough Already!

  1. jimmie says:


  2. Lynne says:

    As I am an addict (not drugs or alcohol) I can understand the actor’s plight. And I truly agree with you, when you express your view as to who gets noticed in the media! But, I must voice my opinion when I state that I am outraged at the lack of coverage the media gives our heroic armed forces. How many come home addicted to drugs and alcohol?? How many come home without limbs?? And, most of all, how many do not make it home???? Why is there never any coverage about them? What makes an actor’s death more newsworthy????

    • gman18 says:

      Lynne, as usual, you are 100% correct! I totally agree with you, and think it is very sad where society, and the media in general, focus their priorities.

  3. Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon says:

    Just coming to wish you *BOAT LOADS OF LUV* And a Happy Valentines Day Weekend to you & yours! Great Post Too! *Catherine* 🙂 Xo

  4. gman18 says:

    Thanks, Catherine. I hope you and your husband are having a great Valentine’s Day as well! All the best. Gary

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