Grieving Cory Monteith and coming clean about addiction

It has taken me nearly two weeks since Cory Monteith’s death to write this post.  And I am still not sure what to say.

Regular  readers know that I am a Gleek. I have often written about the show’s messages about mental health and diversity. More than anything I simply love the characters and the music.

So, like many others around the world I was heartbroken to hear about Cory Monteith’s death of what turns out was a mixture of heroin and alcohol.

What can I say, and what can we learn from this extremely sad event?

  • Life is short
  • The death of a friend, a lover, a co-worker and even a TV idol can be tremendously painful
  • Substance abuse can happen to anyone, any family and in any circle of friends

Perhaps it is this last bit that can be the most shocking: anyone – no matter how rich, popular, talented, loved or good looking – can fall prey to substance abuse and addiction.  Addiction knows no bounds, and it is one heck of a liar; making it tough for even the closest of friends to spot its presence. Most of us know that sheer force of will can’t stop an addict from using, but we do know that support of friends and family can help make the path to sobriety a bit less arduous.

If you have a friend or family member who you believe is struggling with addiction, or has come to you for help check out the resources below:

RIP Cory Monteith.

Dr. Smith first published this on her own blog, Dr. Stephanie. It is republished here with her permission.

Photo by briani via Flickr

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4 Responses to “Grieving Cory Monteith and coming clean about addiction”

  1. Ericka Estrellado   August 21, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    I’m not a fan of Glee but I was saddened by the sudden death of Cory Monteith. He was a brilliant actor and I adore him when he said he’s fighting substance abuse months before his death. RIP Cory.

  2. Sandra   August 9, 2013 at 11:56 am

    I do watch Glee w/my daughter and we were profoundly saddened by Cory’s death. My heart goes out to his parents, but also to Lea Michelle who must be suffering badly. He was so young and had a long and successful life to live and that is what is so so sad about his death. Once again heroin takes another young talent.He will be missed by many.

  3. Jon Klokov   August 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Same, I am not a big fan of Glee but no one should die from drug abuse. It’s a sad realization that drugs are too easily available. Hopefully this will spur people toward more responsible use.

  4. invoice factoring   August 5, 2013 at 6:06 am

    I’m not an avid fan of glee but Monteith’s death is indeed saddening. I felt sad for his parents even if I don’t know him personally. I really hope that people realizes the hazards of substance abuse.