Chris Newcomb, M.Div.
Admittedly, I am not much of a Glee fan. I love music. I am a musician, after all. However, musicals have never been my thing.
I have, however, seen a few episodes of Glee. It's my wife's fault. She made me do it. And, it turns, out it was a pretty entertaining experience. Actor Corey Monteith played the good-looking jock 'Finn Hudson' very well. His character struggles with identity issues, namely, being a popular jock who is forced to join the Glee Club which is the equivalent of social suicide for his particular popular high school social cast. Unfortunately, his internal struggles in real life would be his undoing.
Monteith was found dead in July 2013 from an apparent overdose. Last week, the coroner's report was released to the public and affirmed the original suspected cause of his early demise: over dose from a combination of alcohol and heroin. This revelation confirmed earlier reports that the talented actor died of a drug overdose.
Why does this nonsense keep happening? He was a talented guy. Women adored him the world over. It seemed he had every reason to live and celebrate his good place in life. Unfortunately, his addiction could care less about any of that stuff. In the end, Monteith was a human being with a drug problem. It was too much for him. It got the last word. And now the world has lost another talented soul to drug addiction.
What is the lesson, if any, in his untimely death? I could wax philosophic about choosing to be 'present' in the moment since tomorrow is no guaranteed to me. I could use a 'gratitude' list to help maintain a positive outlook. Both of these ideas are important ways to live regardless of whether or not you have an addiction.
I think the lesson is this: Don't Do Drugs! That may sound very flippant but I certainly don't mean it that way. Drugs are a zero sum game. Don't mess with them. They don't play and they don't care who you are, where you come from, what your life goals are for the future. They are just a substance and only do what they are supposed to do: react to a human body.
My hope is that millions will recognize their problem and get the help that they need. It's never too late to get clean and change your life. If you let go of your substance abuse problem and embrace recovery, then you will experience true joy (a.k.a. glee).
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