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Putting Recovery On The Map

02-20-15 | By

Parks and Rec Exec – Harris Wittels – Dies From Apparent Drug Overdose

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It feels strange publishing news content about celebrities that die of an overdose, simply because everyday men and women die all over the country from addiction. However, addiction rarely gets talked about unless a man or woman of status dies.

I feel that through all of its unfairness, the world still needs to know about these stories. Hopefully it will bring some public light to the subject. The deaths of Robin Williams and Philip Seymour Hoffman brought lots of attention to the subject. Hopefully, these tragedies can create some dialogue and can lead to helping other people.

Harris Wittels Found Dead In His Apartment

According to law enforcement sources, Wittels was pronounced dead around 1 PM on Thursday February 19. The 30-year-old was found lying on his couch and there was drug paraphernalia in the house. There were no signs of trauma to his body.

Wittels had been open about his problems with addiction. He had been to rehab two times and he recently spoke about his sobriety while performing comedy Wednesday night in a Los Angeles comedy club called The Meltdown. Wittels openly talked about his sobriety in his act and even mentioned that “he was in a good place.”

Accomplishments of Harris Wittels

In addition to working on ‘Parks & Rec‘, Wittels produced and wrote for “Eastbound and Down” and “The Sarah Silverman Program.” He’s also credited with making “Humblebrag,” which was a twitter account that turned into a viral social media phenomenon and even led to the publication of a coffee table book.

Soaking It In…

As we see too often, addiction seems to be especially cunning and rampant in the minds of some of the most talented people. Musicians, actors, comedians, writers and authors alike seem to constantly be struggling with addiction.

If you need help, we are always here for you. Don’t wait until your dead on a couch to let the world know that you need help.

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