Credit: Fernando Leon/ Getty Images Photo: Cory Monteith at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in NYC on March 24, 2012

Cory Monteith’s (Finn) death on July 13 from a mixture of heroin and alcohol was shocking. But what made it even more so is the fact that the Glee star seemed to be on the right track given that he’d completed a stay in rehab just months earlier. So what went wrong?

News broke on March 31 that Cory was entering rehab, and he was released on April 26. Drug and alcohol recovery expert Howard Samuels of The Hills treatment center tells E! News that a month just isn’t long enough for someone dealing with a heroin addiction.

"If you're going to go into a treatment with a serious addiction problem, you don't stay 30 days,” Howard says. “You stay three to six months to a year. That's what the treatment usually calls for."

"When you have such a dangerous affliction like [heroin], you can do maybe primary residential treatment for 30 days, but then you really have to move to a sober living house for the next three to six months to really instill sobriety in you and make sobriety the most important thing in your life," Howard says. "That's really the only way an addict can really stay sober. And I think that he made an unfortunate, tragic mistake by leaving after 30 days."

Howard also questions Cory’s decision to spend time in Vancouver. "I mean, even the fact that he went up to Vancouver, where he's from, where I'm sure there's a lot of his old friends who use drugs, was a horrible, horrible decision on his part," he says. "So I definitely don't think that he took the recommendations from the treatment center."

Wow, this is very tough to hear. Clearly, addiction is tough to beat, and recovery is an extremely complex and difficult process. Our hearts go out to Cory’s loved ones.

Source: E! Online


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