Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Another One Bites the Dust

By
Chris Newcomb

I love the band Queen.  They wrote the book on diverse music within a rock and roll band.  They have incredible ballads, pop gems, heavy rocking riffs, and great lyrics.  One of my favorite tracks is the song "Another One Bites the Dust".  It is known because of its' catchy bass line that makes everyone want to dance.  

The song maintains popular as it is broadcast in many stadiums at major sporting events.  Furthermore, it was used in episode #21 ("Funk") of the hit T.V. show Glee.  It's amazing how big of an impact this simple song has had across generations!

Speaking of Glee, tragedy struck the show this week as one of the main actors passed away from a  drug and alcohol overdose.  Cory Monteith was found dead in his apartment apparently from an overdose mixture of heroin and alcohol.  He was 31 years old.  

And so, another one bites the dust, so to speak.  I don't mean that in a derogatory way and I wish it was just the song playing but it's not.  It is the melancholy melody that reminds us all that addiction is still around and that it is not a respecter of persons.  Drugs and alcohol kill people.  Addiction does not play around!

It is an all too sad story.  A good-looking, humble and talented actor arrives on the scene and has a great career trajectory.  Eventually, partying and poor choices begin to creep into his life.  Crisis occurs and they go to rehab only to relapse several times. Sometimes the law gets involved.  More rehabs.  More court.  More jail time.  And, unfortunately, as in Cory's case, death occurs.  It's a sad state of affairs.

As we remember Cory's contribution to the entertainment and acting world, let us all re-commit ourselves to living our best life clean and sober one moment at a time.  Let us never forget the alcoholic or drug addict who is still suffering out there dying to find a way out.  Let us be reminded that life is precious and that 'glee' is not found in drugs or alcohol.  Rest in Peace Cory Monteith, gone to soon. 

At The Coleman Institute, we wince every time we read about someone dying from an overdose of drugs and/or alcohol.  That's why we are committed to helping people get clean and stay clean.  If you or someone you love needs to detox from alcohol, opiates, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869.  We're here for you!

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