Cory Monteith’s 20-Year Battle With Drugs — New Details Emerge
Prior to his tragic death on July 13, Cory Monteith had been open about his struggle with drugs and alcohol. He once told told Parade that he was using "anything and everything, as much as possible." Now, People has even more details on the Glee star's difficult past.
One of Cory's two final films was an indie film titled McCanic, where he played a drug addict. Cory didn't have to audition for the role, he just spoke with director Josh C. Waller about his troubled past. "He opened up quite a bit," Josh told People of their meeting for the movie that shot last September. "He was like, 'I can do this character. I know this character. I was this character. I have lived elements of this.' He said, I was a troubled youth.'"
On his Inside the Actor's Studio appearance last year, Cory opened up about his problem with drugs and alcohol, which began when he "was about 12." Cory said he attended 16 different schools, including some that had alternative programs for "kids that are problematic," before he dropped out of school entirely when he was 16.
At 19, his mother and friends staged an intervention, but Cory told Parade that his stint in rehab then was not successful. For Cory, the turning point came when he was caught stealing "a significant amount of money" from a family member. Cory faced an ultimatum: kick the habit or go to jail. Cory decided to get serious about changing his ways. He later moved Los Angeles and scored the role of Finn Hudson on Glee in 2009, where the native Canadian made a concerted effort to remain sober.