The late actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, fearing for his life due to alcohol and drug abuse, admitted himself into rehab at the young age of 22. Several years later, at the age of 46, he was found dead on Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, 2014 in a Manhattan apartment with a syringe still stuck in his arm.
Hoffman, who won an Oscar for portraying the author Truman Capote in the 2005 film “Capote,” was described on the front page of the New York Times obituary as “perhaps the greatest actor of his generation.”
Law enforcement officials disclosed that they discovered 72 heroin bags, with 49 of the bags still full of heroin, in Hoffman’s apartment. They also revealed that they found four bags of white powder believed to be cocaine. According to sources, the private diaries of Hoffman that were found in his apartment reveal that he was seriously battling demons that he believed were threatening his life. The voices of these demons could not be quelled through hardcore drugs or Narcotics Anonymous meetings.
Heartbreaking stories like the destruction of Philip Hoffman happen multiple times everyday in our neighborhoods throughout the United States and much of the world. Many are searching for victory as Hoffman did at the age of 22, only to find that users of certain drugs like Heroin and Methamphetamines have huge recidivism rates.
True genuine victory over the world system, the sinful flesh and the devil himself only comes through a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, who “was manifested to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).
Owing to the fact that millions of people’s lives are being destroyed by drugs like heroin, and that young people are dropping like flies due to the heroin epidemic, I have written a tract from a biblical perspective to combat Satan’s seduction through heroin. I hope and pray that this tract, “The Horrors of Heroin,” will find its way into the hands of many people and, that through it, they might find the truth that will set them free through a personal relationship with the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May the Lord open our eyes to the reality of Satan’s lies and our need for a relationship with God though Jesus Christ…
THE HORRORS OF HEROIN
Heroin is back with a vengeance and has risen to epidemic proportions among young people in Southern California as well as other places in the United States. Heroin claimed the lives of 14 people in the relatively small community of Simi Valley, CA in 2011, where its usage has skyrocketed by an incredible 140% in the last three years alone.
Many young users start with gateway drugs like Oxycontin, Xanax or Marijuana and then turn to heroin because the “high” is more intense for only a fraction of the cost. However, heroin is a pied piper that promises bliss, but leads those it deceives down the road of death and destruction. Heroin not only poisons the mind, body and soul, but also kills precious relationships with family and friends.
Many people who use drugs like heroin falsely believe they will be one of the “lucky ones” who will escape sudden death, only to find out (too late) that such drugs are merciless and impartial with regard to whose lives they claim.