Posted: 9:58 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2014
Former Desperate Housewives star Shawn Pyfrom is coming clean about his drug and alcohol abuse in the wake of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s shocking fatal drug overdose.
The 27-year-old penned an open letter to his tumblr account stating “I can’t stay quiet anymore about this…I am an alcoholic and a drug addict.”
“And yesterday I celebrated five months of sobriety. I’m relatively new to being sober, considering the scope of time that I’ve been an addict.”
Pyfrom, who played Andrew Van de Kamp on the long running ABC series continued “I want to express that I chose to share this about myself because I could not hear of another person being robbed of their life, due to addiction; knowing that I stayed quiet about mine. Knowing that if, by sharing my story, I could potentially save a life – and didn’t; that I would no longer be able to look myself in the mirror with the same pride I’ve allowed myself to have, for overcoming the thing that almost took my life.”
“For several years, I lived for drugs. I lived for other things as well. but drugs dictated the other things I lived for. I thought more about using, than I thought about any other “pleasures”. I put myself in places I never would have ended up, otherwise, for the sake of getting high.
He revealed “I didn’t even realize how low drugs and alcohol had pulled me. But I stand now from a higher place. Not higher than anyone else, or anyone that is using. Just a higher place, than I was before. My thoughts are clear. My body is energized. And the creativity now flows out of me, easier than it ever had when I was using. I wake up looking forward to my days, rather than looking for a way to get through them. I feel the life inside of me now. The life that I deprived myself of for so long.”
You can read the full contents of Shawn’s brave letter here.