The Rise And Fall Of Cory Monteith

main-cory-monteithFrom the outside looking in, it would seem that Canadian actor Cory Monteith, known for his role as Finn Hudson on the Fox television series Glee, was living a charmed life that most people only dream of. Young, handsome, successful, famous, and loved by his fans and his beautiful girlfriend, Lea Michelle, who co-starred along side him. But on July 13th, he died an untimely death from a combination of alcohol and heroin, alone in a motel room in Vancouver, Canada. 

What Happened To Cory Monteith

Although Montieth was outwardly successful, he’d struggled with substance abuse and addiction since he was a teen.  He’d spoken publicly about his struggles with addiction, and as recently as April of this year, he voluntarily went to rehab in an effort to get clean.

It seems that despite his popularity with his loyal fans, there were few who truly knew of his previous battles to beat addiction, and his struggle with the all too common cycle of addiction-rehab-relapse.

It is known that Cory Monteith was battling addiction long before he went to rehab this spring, following an intervention in March.  According to one friend, Monteith was shooting-up heroin and crystal meth. And it was in 2011 that he first publicly talked about his history of addiction in an interview with Parade, telling the interviewer that he was “lucky to be alive.”

According to Montieth, he was skipping school to get drunk and smoke pot by the time he was 13-years-old.  He quit school by the age of 16, attending 12 different schools up to that point in his life, including non-traditional programs for teens in trouble.  Monteith himself told the interviewer that he was “out of control.”  When asked for his drug of choice, he said it was “as much as possible of anything and everything”, a true sign of drug addiction.

His first trip to rehab was at age 19, when his mother and his closest friends set-up an intervention to get him there, but he failed to remain clean.  After that first trip to rehab, Corey said he went back to doing exactly what he left-off doing that got him sent to rehab in the first place.

As is so common with the cycle of unhandled substance abuse, he become involved in theft to support his habit, including stealing a significant amount of money from a family member.  When he was later faced with potentially serious criminal charges if he didn’t get clean, he made the decision to turn his life around.  He stopped using drugs, went to work, became interested in acting, and the rest is history.

When Montieth was asked in the interview whether it was still a daily struggle to stay clean, he said no, that he would just redouble his efforts on what he was doing.  But it must have only worked for him to a point and not for the long-term.  He was known to often say, “This is my last chance.” Although he fought long and hard to win his own personal battle with substance abuse, he lost.  As one friend said, Cory Montieth fought his demons and the demons won.

Preventing Relapse

There are specific reasons why an addict relapses, and a drug rehabilitation program, which addresses and fully deals with those specific reasons is the rehab program which will have the lowest rate of relapse and recidivism.

For a workable understanding of the necessary components a successful drug rehab program needs in order to successfully help an addict break free from the cycle of addiction, and attain and maintain his or her sobriety, please visit our page for Narconon Freedom Center at

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