The Hills' Jason Wahler is the latest star to speak publicly about Philip Seymour Hoffman's tragic death and their own struggles with hard core drug addiction.
Wahler, best known as the bad boy beau of Lauren Conrad, opened up about his past and urged critics to realize that addiction is "more than meets the eye."
"A few years ago, I would host parties at my house in L.A. where there would be 50-100 people raging out of control," writes the former reality star.
"While everyone thought I was enjoying the party as much as they were, I was secretly going into the master bathroom and snorting as much coke and drinking as much alcohol as I could."
"When I was done, I would grab a beer and get back into the party as if nothing happened."
"When I heard of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death, it brought me right back to those days of partying where my addiction was so bad that I didn't care who was around."
He goes on to add:
"I didn't care how loud the music was, or how fancy the party was. It wasn't about the party at all ... all I cared about was using and escaping reality even if it was by myself in a bathroom."
Now 27 years old, Jason Wahler has publicly addressed his alcohol addiction before, and appeared on Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew in 2010.
After Hoffman was found dead with 65 heroin bags found in his apartment, Wahler felt the need to speak up and defend those critical of the Oscar winner.
"I immediately began seeing comments all over the Internet about Hoffman's reported overdose - remarks to the effect of 'it's his own fault,'" he wrote.
"I truly believe that addiction is preventable, but I also know that it can get so complex that addicts won't go get help, but instead cry out for it."
"I have witnessed just how close-minded some people can be when it comes to addiction," says Wahler, who has six alcohol-related arrests to his credit.
"Combined with the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman, it only drives me to keep pushing to raise awareness," he continued. "It's my hope that his passing isn't in vain.
His goal, he says, is to "educate more people about how important it is to not only get into treatment if necessary, but also to continually stay connected to prevent relapse."