For an addict, taking the first step to address their habit can be an incredibly difficult task. And, when your every action is broadcast by media outlets the world over, it may be even more so. When Cory Monteith – the 30-year-old actor best known for his role as Finn on the hit television show "Glee" – entered a rehabilitation facility earlier this week to treat his substance abuse problem, the news, unsurprisingly, made headlines.
People Magazine was the first to report on the story, stating that Monteith had "voluntarily admitted himself to a treatment facility for substance addiction." After the story broke, the actor's fellow cast members – including his girlfriend, Lea Michele – quickly rallied to show their support. Through various tweets and public statements to the press, they all expressed a similar sentiment: They were proud of their co-star for seeking out the help he needed.
This is not the first time that Monteith has undergone treatment for addiction. In 2011, he opened up about his past drug abuse in an interview with Parade. He admitted that his alcohol and marijuana use had led him to drop out of high school when he was 16, and he continued to take "anything and everything" until his friends and family staged a substance abuse intervention to help him regain control of his life.
Monteith made it clear that he wanted his success to serve as an inspiration for recovering addicts – that they can still accomplish what they want to. He noted, however, that he didn't want any young fans to follow in his footsteps.
There are many factors that may lead a former addict to relapse, but doing so does not mean they can't shake their habit for good. If someone you love is abusing drugs or alcohol, contact a professional interventionist to learn how you can help them.