Philip Seymour Hoffman's death from heroin is described as a "beautiful helplessness" in this New Yorker headline and article by Lee Siegel. As someone who worked for many years in journalism, and for the past four in drug/alcohol counseling (mostly part-time), I think this kind of article glamorizes drug addiction as the price to be paid for artistry, and is a form of enabling, feeding more drug use and death. While I am using this piece as an example, I don't mean to imply it is unusual. Rather, it is all too typical of the coverage after this kind of event. It is a lie because, as Hoffman perfectly well knew, he was not helpless against his addiction. There is help available everywhere, not just to rich and successful people like him but to anyone at free meetings of groups like Narcotics Anonymous and AA. Because addiction killed him does not prove he had to pick up, and there is nothing beautiful about his doing so. To claim otherwise is a viciously destructive disservice to any living addict or potential addict.