'Desperate Housewives' Shawn Pyfrom Pens Open Letter: 'I Am An Alcoholic & A Drug Addict'
In the wake of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death by apparent drug overdose, actor Shawn Pyfrom, best known for playing Andrew Van de Kamp, the gay son of Marcia Cross's character on Desperate Housewives has posted an open letter admitting to his own battle with drug addiction.
In it, the 27-year-old actor and artist pleads with others to "Hold on to your life."
Here's a short excerpt Pyfrom's Tumblr blog:
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.
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. i’m not sure what to approach first, with regard to this letter — my head is still spinning from the news. i even question whether or not i should publish this, as i type out these words. but if these words can encourage someone to hold on to their life… to keep from ever using, or to find the strength to stop; then it’s more important that these words are shared. i’ve considered what’s at stake, for myself, by sharing this - but i find myself without regard for that. i won’t allow my selfish needs to get in the way of potentially reaching another human being’s life.
Head over to Tumblr to read Shawn's full blog post, which we feel is quite honest and brave.