The death of 31-year-old Glee star Cory Monteith — whose body was found Saturday in a Vancouver hotel — has shocked fans. Monteith voluntarily checked himself into a treatment center for substance addiction in the spring, so the assumption among both the media and social media speculators has been that the actor and singer died of a drug overdose.
In AA, we talk about a conundrum of life - granted I lean towards those who speculate that Monteith died of an overdose - a point in our using lives that we can no longer live with drugs and alcohol but we cannot live without it. Either instance feels like death.
Alcoholism is a progressive disease, meaning even if you've gotten some clean time under your belt, if you should start again, you don't slowly build to the levels of use you had before. You start full tilt where you left off previously, and I imagine that if your body to some degree isn't used to it, over-dosing becomes easier - even if your head is telling you, "oh, this is where I was before, so it should be okay."
I imagine much of the negative backlash against Monteith will come from those who CAN successfully drink. Those who don't believe alcoholism is a disease. Those who think that Monteith could simply quit.