Glee Star Cory Monteith Checks Into Rehab

By McCarton Ackerman 04/01/13

The actor seeks treatment for substance abuse, after first getting sober over a decade ago.

Monteith gives it another go. Photo via

Glee star Cory Monteith has "voluntarily admitted himself to a treatment facility for substance addiction," according to his rep. This is not the first time at the rodeo for the 30-year-old actor, who checked into rehab at age 19 for substance abuse issues and maintained sobriety throughout his early career. The rep said in a statement that Moneith asks for "respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery." He has the full support of his co-star and girlfriend of over a year, Lea Michele. "I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this," she said, "I am grateful and proud he made this decision." Monteith has been candid in previous interviews about his past drug use, admitting to being a "wild child" while growing up in Victoria, British Columbia. He said he was smoking pot and drinking by age 13 and his drug abuse was out of control by the time he quit school at age 16. “I had a serious problem. I’m lucky on so many counts—I’m lucky to be alive,” he told Parade in 2011. After multiple failed attempts to get clean, he finally got—and stayed—sober, after being caught stealing a large sum of money from his family. “I knew I was going to get caught, but I was so desperate I didn’t care,” he said. “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. I was done fighting myself.” After rising to stardom on Glee, Monteith said he wanted to share his story in the hopes of helping others. “I don’t want kids to think it’s OK to drop out of school and get high, and they’ll be famous actors, too,” he said. “But for those people who might give up: Get real about what you want and go after it. If I can, anyone can.”

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