The fans of Finn, the quarterback from Glee, are sad and grief stricken from his untimely death. As the show paid tribute to their departed friend and cast mate, Cory Monteith, many have put the young actor on a pedestal. He was no hero, he was a heroin addict. Addiction is a very serious disease, but there are many resources, rehabs and recovery programs available if the patient is willing. Cory’s love for acting and singing was overshadowed by his greater love for alcohol and drugs. The 31 year old Star of Glee was found dead in a hotel room this past summer. His death was by his own hands that he used to put his drugs of choice into own his body. Cory Monteith shot to fame with his character Finn, but all along the way he continued to shoot heroin and consume other drugs and alcohol.
Cory Monteith has become more famous in death than he was in life. Before landing the role on the popular show, he had scored many minor parts in movies and TV shows, but his name was rarely heard until he landed his role on Glee. He had struggled greatly throughout most of his life in Canada and was lucky to finally hit it big. His downfall was continuing to hit it big with the evil effects of his drug addiction. He first started using alcohol and marijuana when he was 12. It became a part of his regular lifestyle and caused him to drop out of school and shoplift to support his habit. By age 19, Cory was ready for rehab with the urging of family and friends.
After entering show business and making his own money, he played parts of characters but clung to his own character of self indulgence with drugs. He was locked into his own choices and was able to hide it well. His fortune of good luck was recognized as the talented actor took on the part of Finn in Glee. He may have grown too comfortable with his success and popularity. His drug habits were somehow detected and soon his friends on the show knew they had to intervene. Cory entered and completed a stint in rehab this past spring, but was written out of the show’s last two episodes for the season while he recovered.
He was not able to fight the demons of his disease and succumbed to it all while the show was on summer break. Cory was found dead with two empty champagne bottles, needles and other drugs surrounding his lifeless body. He had ignored the help that was offered and chose to lead his own life. His tragic death left many unanswered questions and his fans still are not sure how his character died. This lonely soul was soon escalated to star status way beyond his achievements, simply because he had died. His co-star and girlfriend Lea Michele has even been quoted as saying “There was no greater man than Cory, so for the time we spent together, I consider myself very lucky.” A nice sentiment, but strong words uttered in an emotional state of grief. No greater man? Cory was able to make his own choices and he chose drugs and alcohol as his best friends.
The life of drugs is a dire road to travel, but also one that can yield healing and recovery. Cory Monteith did not heed the call to turn his life around and sadly he was gone too soon. His death was cited as accidental, but anyone ingesting the amount of drugs and alcohol that were found in his system has planned his own demise in some way. The lesson to be learned and shared is one of hope. Recovery is possible, but only if it is a choice. Choosing to glorify a loved one after death by their own hands ignores the issue that caused it. Cory Monteith will be remembered and also should be an example of the fragility of life. The fame and fortune of Finn is finished, but the finality of life has not faded. The perspective of the man who shot to fame unfortunately was clouded by his own selfish endeavors to shoot drugs and ignore the world. A very sad account for a very talented person.
For help with drugs or alcohol addiction, call The Addiction Helpline at: 1-866-925-7411. For parents concerned about their children’s addiction: 1-855-DRUGFREE (855-378-4373).
Written by: Roanne H. Fitzgibbon