David Carr writes about the media for The New York Times. He’s also a recovering addict. He is uniquely qualified to weigh in after the death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman. His essay on medium.com is a 5-minute read. But this quote takes just 12 seconds:
I have no certainty about what went wrong, but I can tell you from personal experience that what happened was not the plan. I have been alone in that room with my addled thoughts, the drugs, and the needle. Addicts in the grip always have a plan. I will do this, get this out of the way, and then I will resume life among the living — the place where family, friends and colleagues wait and hope. He didn’t make it back to that place.
May the next one make it back.