Actor’s Death Spotlights Risk in Detoxing Alone

Actor’s Death Spotlights Risk in Detoxing Alone

Actor Nelsan Ellis, best known for his role as Lafayette Reynold’s on HBO’s hit series “True Blood,” died suddenly this week at the age of 39. The fan-favorite struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for many years. The exact circumstances of Ellis’ death were shared by his manager, Emily Gerson Saines, who confirmed that his death was a result of heart failure following an attempt to quit drinking on his own.

The ease and low expense of managing detox and abstinence at home can be tempting to individuals who struggle with addiction, but the process, if done quickly and without professional supervision, can be dangerous, even fatal.

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