Suspicions were confirmed when the official toxicity results revealed yesterday that “Glee” star Cory Monteith died from “mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol.”
Media outlets had been speculating since his Saturday that the untimely death of the 31-year old actor was drug-related.
Monteith had made no secret of his past struggles with drugs and alcohol, and had checked himself into rehab in March, completed a 30-day program, and checked out on April 28.
And while it seemed to friends that Monteith was happy and on the road to recovery, addicts face serious risk in the days and months after rehab, especially if there is no after care.
It’s not uncommon for an addict to overdose shortly after a period of abstinence like one experiences in drug rehab. Your tolerance changes over even the briefest amount of time without drugs. Addicts who don’t know that often accidentally overdose when they take the same amount of their drug of choice as they regularly took before entering rehab.
For a life-long addict like Monteith, a 30 day, short term rehab often doesn’t cut it. It often takes longer for an addict or alcoholic to get to the root of their addiction.
It remains unclear which treatment facility Monteith visited this year and the specifics of his program, and others connected to him were not aware if and what type of follow-up treatment he was receiving after inpatient. But just a few days after being released from rehab this year, Monteith was photographed vacationing in Mexico with girlfriend and “Glee” co-star Leah Michele.
A vacation right after inpatient drug treatment is usually ill-advised, as it is important that an addict or alcoholic has structure in those dangerous first few months.
According to TMZ, Monteith was spotted drinking in the week before his death.
Even though he was battling his own demons, family and friends say that Monteith was happy with both his professional and personal life.
“Cory was just a great guy,” added a close friend. “He touched so many lives.”
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