Needless to say, even if you are not a fan of the original series, you have definitely heard of the smash hit simply called Glee. During its amazing 6-year run, the iconic TV show gathered a collection of followers numbering in the millions (happily calling themselves “gleeks,” a portmanteau of the words “glee” and “geek”). From its charming Disney Channel-esque style to its impossibly long range of famous songs, the show definitely demonstrated how you can express yourself through music. Of course, stars like Lea Michele and Jane Lynch were wonderful additions to a great cast, but many longtime “gleeks” will also remember the on-screen presence of Cory Monteith. Although the actor portrayed the strong character of Finn Hudson in Glee, though, his real life was far from easy. Eventually, Monteith died from a drug overdose in 2013, but his legacy will live on. Let’s take a closer look at the dangerous downward spiral of the beloved young actor.

An Easily Preventable Death

According to reports in 2013, Glee star Cory Monteith’s death was 100% preventable, due greatly in part to the faulty rehabilitation programs he took part in. According to Anne Fletcher (The Fix), much like his predecessor Kurt Cobain (who also died from a drug overdose), the young actor was a victim of a system bent on abstinence over long-term therapy. An unwilling victim of “tough love,” Monteith was reportedly thrown into treatment centers that did not apply potentially lifesaving harm reduction techniques.

Counterproductive Therapy

Ultimately, Monteith’s exploration into the world of drugs started at a shockingly young age. At 13, he had already been enrolled in a variety of anti-drug programs, and, by the age of 16, he had skipped around 12 different schools (including a several organizations that directly targeted troubled teenagers). From 1995 to 1998, Monteith reportedly took part in rehab programs that forced patients to undergo solitary confinement and nutrient deprivation (for conditioning).

Back in 2013, prior to his death, Ryan Murphy (co-creator of Glee) suspected Monteith had started using drugs again and suspected opiates to be the culprit. Although Murphy successfully staged an intervention for the actor, but the effects were short-lived. In the end, Monteith consumed a combination of alcohol and heroin, which resulted in his tragic demise.

Seeking Treatment for Drug Abuse or Addiction   

Throughout history, many wonderful people have been claimed by the deadly mental illness called drug addiction, and, unfortunately, hundreds more are dying as a result of overdoses each year. However, you do not have to be among the casualties of the Opioid Crisis, crystal meth scares, or additional drug-related incidences poisoning our country. You can take a stand and overcome your mental illness. With the right amount of perseverance, patience, and love, anything is possible.

Are you suffering from a severe case of drug abuse or addiction? Is your friend or loved one also suffering from this sickness? In both cases, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of drug withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.

If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.


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