I’m not looking for a “here’s what I think of Dennis Rodman” session here but The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman for me is about respect for his family and their loss, of course, but also, and equally important, is to flesh out the disease of addiction and its effects on anybody that encounters. My interest in bringing out the issue of addiction is a disease is a big part of why I wanted to interview Dennis Rodman again. I know there’s controversy surrounding him and basically everything about his life including trips to North Korea. But it is his battle with addiction that I believed could bring us some fruitful discussion and a cautionary message to all those looking on
Addiction is a disease just like cancer. It is not simply about choice and behavior and being responsible. Maybe in the beginning, addiction is about choices that we make in dealing with different types of stresses. However once any drug takes hold, the idea of the behavior being volitional is naïve to the point of being foolish. The data suggests otherwise, the experts know otherwise, and we should be smart enough by now to get out of the delusion that addiction is just behavior and not illness.
So I look for any opportunity to tell stories that_the insidious nature of addiction, the damage it can do to individuals and families by extension, and the ways that it can be treated, just like any other disease. But make no mistake, addiction is an illness, not merely a weakness, and it can be fatal. This last part… This reality… We’ve seen all too often. My respect to Phillip. Seymour Hoffman’s family. May he rest in peace