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“Glee” Star Continues Path to Recovery From Drug Addiction

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Sara Bellum

Recovery from addiction doesn’t mean completing a rehabilitation program and then you are cured. Addiction is a brain disease that requires commitment and effort every single day to stay off drugs.

It can also mean more than one round of treatment—and usually does.

In April 2013, “Glee” star Cory Monteith checked himself into a treatment facility for drug addiction. This is the second time the actor has been in rehab.

When Cory was 19, he went to rehab after developing a severe drug addiction and dropping out of school. He went back to using drugs soon after, and eventually became so desperate he stole money from a family member. His family gave him the choice to either stop using drugs, or they would press charges for the theft.

Cory sought help to stop using drugs and began working with an acting coach. Just 2 years ago, he received his high school diploma, while starring as high school student Finn Hudson on “Glee.”

Now 30 years old, Cory has chosen to refocus on his recovery. We’re not sure if he was using drugs, or if he simply was struggling with the urge to use again. But we do know that he’s making the smart decision to put his health first.

Cory’s out of rehab now, and we wish him the best in his recovery journey. Recovery from addiction is a lifelong journey that sometimes requires multiple treatment episodes, just like some other illnesses like diabetes or heart disease. But if you have a problem, you’re never too young to start addressing it.

NIDA continues to research the science of addiction, so that we can learn how to better prevent, manage, and eventually cure this disease.

What do you think about Cory Monteith’s second stint in rehab?

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I really like your article and appreciate your honesty. As a parent is hard to reach out and give tough love when our teens with substance abuse get out of control. Thank you so much and good luck to you.
I bet people who run rehab clinics LOVE reading this. They stand to make much more money if "addicts" are never "cured." I can't wait for Obamacare to use my tax dollars to pay for people with no will power to fight their "disease." I have as much sympathy for a drug addict as I do for someone who rock-climbs without a rope. You know it is dangerous, so don't do it. And if you hurt yourself doing it, then you had it coming to you.
18 years sober and many years in AA. Then something inside me said something was wrong. I miss the people in AA, but the program is flawed on so many levels. No accountability, responsiblity or oversight.
bad for you
And now, less than 3 months after this article was published, this person is dead from a drug overdose.