Saint Jude Retreats Comments on Actor's Death

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Saint Jude Retreats, a non 12 step alcohol and drug program, comments on Cory Monteith's death and past substance use, rehab attempts and how his life possibly could have worked out differently without substance use. According to the New York Times the talented, young actor Cory Monteith was found dead in the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel on July 13, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Monteith was only 31 years old.

At the age of 19, Monteith first attended a rehab and recently entered another treatment center for substance use in April of 2013. Monteith's death is still being investigated and the cause of death at this time is still unclear. In the past Monteith has been very open about his substance use and past attempts at getting help and has tried to inspire young adults to be proactive about their life choices.

Michelle Dunbar Executive Director of Saint Jude Retreats comments, “While the cause of the tragic death of Cory Monteith has yet to be announced, most people are assuming it is drug related due to his ongoing struggle with addiction. It is reported he went to his first drug treatment program in his teens where he learned he had a lifelong disease that rendered him powerless over alcohol and drugs; thus began his lifelong struggle. The multi-billion dollar addiction industry will use Monteith’s death as evidence that addiction is a deadly disease requiring more funding and lifelong treatment, when in reality each of these high profile deaths should be seen as evidence that treatment doesn’t work and in fact, is causing more harm than good.”

Cory Monteith's career took off on the popular series Glee in the role of Finn Hudson, but in the fall of 2012 Monteith took on a role in a darker movie. Monteith spent three weeks in Philadelphia shooting "McCanick," where he played Simon Weeks, a drug-addicted street hustler. Monteith had wanted to incorporate some of this own past issues with substance use into the role and to display some of his own personal experiences throughout his teen years.