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'Desperate Housewives' Star Shawn Pyfrom Reveals Drug And Alcohol Addiction

By McCarton Ackerman 02/04/14

The reality show star went public with his addiction after hearing the news of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death.

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After the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Desperate Housewives actor Shawn Pyfrom opened up about his own struggles with drugs and alcohol in a lengthy blog post. The 27-year-old has now been sober for five months, but said he was inspired to speak out publicly for the first time after Hoffman was found dead in his NYC apartment yesterday.

“I just read the news about Mr. Philip Seymour Hoffman, and against the advise of others; I had to write this open letter. I can’t stay quiet anymore about this… I am an alcoholic and a drug addict,” he wrote. “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. But within that scope, this is also the longest I’ve been sober; since I began using.”

Pyfrom admitted that he “lived” for drugs for several years, including when he starred on Desperate Housewives, and that his addiction “dictated” his life. “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 said. “There are countless nights of blacking out, and making poor decisions as a result of my overusing. I wasted the time of valuable people, who worked so hard to pull my career to a higher place ... I worried the people who care about me.”

Although he believes that the “struggles and experiences” of his addictions led to some of the things he has created professionally, Pyfrom said he is now in a more creative head space than ever. And after just five months of sobriety, the actor believes he is now fully recovered. “I only have compassion for those who currently struggle with their addictions. I am fortunate enough to no longer struggle with mine,” he said. "I can say with all honesty, that I have no desire to ever use again. But it took a long time, and a lot of struggle, to finally reach that place. I am an addict. And I’ve never been more proud saying it.”

Watch Pyfrom's work on Desperate Housewives:

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.

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