I was deeply saddened to learn of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s tragic and untimely death today. In an interview a few hours ago, I heard someone from the film industry comment that “he had his demons.” I wish we could move away from that sort of language. In my opinion, Mr. Hoffman did not have “demons.” He died as a result of the disease of addiction, which is recognized as “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.” If someone is diagnosed with a brain tumor, and the complications of that disease tragically take that person’s life, there is no mention of demons, weakness or moral failings.
I don’t mean to be hung up on a small string of words, but it is the language we use that influences further dialogue, which alters perception, which can ultimately impact thousands of lives. Every single day we lose valued and loved men and women, young and old, to addiction. And most are mourned privately . . . but just as painfully. If we can gain insight and understanding about this devastating disease, and change our thinking and language, perhaps we can talk about the desperate need for help and support of those who are in pain.
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Rest in Peace.
Kim's Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS) credential was created for adults who have been directly impacted by another person's substance use disorder. The CFRS shares their lived experience with other families to provide recovery support services. A CFRS is trained to help families move into and through the recovery process.
With more than 25 years of experience in graphics and marketing, Kim had a freelance graphic design business and was the Marketing Coordinator of the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation after several years as a member of their Board of Directors. Today she is happy to put all that creative energy into spreading the word about Be a Part of the Conversation.
Kim earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism at West Virginia University, with a concentration in public relations. She was proud to serve as WVU's student body president. Kim started out as an advertising account executive at a newspaper, then learned the graphic design trade while working with her mentor and friend, Chuck Moran, at his design firm in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Kim currently lives in Newtown Square, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. She previously lived in Horsham Township for 22 years, where she and Michael raised two wonderful children who support this amazing journey she has embarked upon.