Lea Michele was ‘proud’ of Cory Monteith for seeking help for addiction

Cory Monteith, star of the hit US TV show Glee, was found dead in a hotel room in Canada on Saturday. On Wednesday morning it was confirmed that Monteith died after consuming a “cocktail of heroin and alcohol” (Absolute Radio news).


The Telegraph reported that Monteith had been having counselling to help with substance addiction over the past 12 years, after initially checking himself into rehab at the age of 19. On Sunday The New York Daily News reported that Monteith’s co-star, Dot Jones, had spoken about his friend’s battle with addiction, which he said came about as the result of a difficult childhood. The Daily News told of how Monteith left school at 16 and turned to a life of crime and substance abuse, after starting to use drugs when he was 13. He first went into rehab after his family and friends intervened; an intervention which, according to The Telegraph, Monteith later referred to as a “turning point” in his life. The actor reportedly said that prior to that admission he was taking “anything and everything”, and in 2011 he told Parade that he was “lucky to be alive”. In March this year he again voluntarily admitted himself into a facility for substance addiction, and when he checked out in April Monteith’s girlfriend and co-star, Lea Michele, told People Magazine that she was proud of her partner for seeking help in battling his dependency.


Montieth had been out with friends at the end of last week, and appeared to be having a good time; The Daily News reported that Montieth had “seemed in good spirits” when dining on Thursday night. Meanwhile Glee director Adam Shankman said that the day before his death Monteith had said he was “doing amazing” and “feeling fantastic”. For many, this makes the circumstances surrounding his death seem peculiar and confusing, and it is painful to speculate on how Monteith’s actual state of mind may have differed from the good-spirited, fun-loving persona he was presenting, and how much he may have been relying on drugs just to get through each day.


At The Grove we understand how difficult it can be to tell friends and family that things are not going well or that you feel low. And we know that it can feel safer and easier to seek solace in drink and drugs and to pretend that ‘everything is ok’, despite the common paradox that often the worse we feel inside the happier we appear on the outside. This conflict was demonstrated by Stephen Fry when talking to The Independent last month about his 2012 suicide attempt: “There are times when I’m doing QI and I’m going ‘ha ha, yeah, yeah’, and inside I’m going ‘I want to f***ing die. I… want… to… f***ing… die.'” Unfortunately, the more we act as if everything is fine, the harder it can be to admit that it’s not and to ask for help.


The Counsellors and Therapists at The Grove are here to help with the confusion, and provide with a safe, non-judgemental space, away from the outside world, where you can get in touch with yourself. We are experienced in working with addiction and dependency and will work to help you understand what is going on, while supporting you in trying to cut down on your intake of alcohol or drugs. If you are concerned about your use of alcohol and drugs let’s talk first, because there is always another option.