Addiction is a very isolated disease. It thrives in secrecy. Reaching out for help is key to both the addict and the family. If your drug use as become uncontrollable, reach out for help. YOU CANNOT RECOVER ALONE. Use your supports; call your local treatment center for guidance. No one needs to suffer with addiction alone. In the wake of Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s death, the press and public are casting stones and gaping, but we forget he was very sick with a chronic, recurrent but treatable illness. We should take this as an opportunity to have empathy and realize we can intervene to help instead of shaming, blaming or turning away.