Good For Glee Star Cory Monteith For Checking Himself Into Substance Abuse Rehab
The news this morning is that Cory Monteith, who plays the dreamy Finn Hudson on Glee, has voluntarily checked himself into rehab for substance abuse.
His rep told People exclusively:
“[Cory] has voluntarily admitted himself to a treatment facility for substance addiction. He graciously asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery.”
Cory's been outspoken about his recovery in the past, as he apparently admitted in a 2011 interview that he'd been in rehab once before, when he was 19. He said back then:
I had a serious problem [with drugs and alcohol]. Anything and everything, as much as possible. I burned a lot of bridges. I was out of control. [At 19] That’s when I first went to rehab. I did the stint but then went back to doing exactly what I left off doing. I stole a significant amount of money from a family member. I knew I was going to get caught, but I was so desperate I didn’t care. It was a cry for help. I was confronted and I said, ‘Yeah, it was me.’ It was the first honorable, truthful thing that had come out of my mouth in years.
Cory is known almost as much for his work on Glee as he is for his relationship with his costar Lea Michele. She also gave an exclusive statement to People:
“I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this. I am grateful and proud he made this decision.”
I don't watch Glee anymore because it got way too annoying after the first season, but I have positive feelings towards Cory Monteith. He's a good singer and he has a cute face, and generally, I think it's really great when celebrities are open about their struggles with addiction. In my opinion, it's admirable to be publicly candid about something that's quite personal and likely painful for you. I just feel like it's classy and respectful of yourself and your position as a public figure rather than claiming “dehydration” or repeatedly denying you have a problem a la Lindsay Lohan.
There's no word on how long Cory will be in rehab or if it will affect his work on Glee, but I'm wishing him the best in his recovery. Hopefully, he can serve as a role model and as inspiration for other people struggling with substance abuse problems.