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Dr. Frances Levin on Helping Patients in Recovery: Medscape

Philip Seymour Hoffman Death Underscores Need for Vigilance
February 4, 2014 - February 10, 2014

Hoffman had relapsed and entered rehab last year after 23 years of sobriety. He had reportedly begun using heroin again after becoming addicted to prescription painkillers.

"While clinicians may not be initially aware that a patient has relapsed, there are certain factors that might increase the likelihood, specifically when talking about heroin relapse," Frances Levin, MD, Kennedy Leavy Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and director of Clinical and Educational Activities for the Division on Substance Abuse, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York City, told Medscape Medical News.

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