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Cory Monteith

'Glee' Tried to Save Actor

from Heroin Addiction

7/17/2013 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The cast of "Glee" -- along with several producers -- knew Cory Monteith was battling a heroin addiction earlier this year and were the catalyst in his decision to go back to rehab, TMZ has learned. 

Sources connected to the production tell us ... it was no secret Monteith was off his game back in March -- and it became clear he was relapsing, specifically with heroin.

We're told the cast and the producers became very concerned ... and knew they had to address the issue with Cory.

Sources say ... the group sat down with Cory and had an "open conversation" with the actor -- stressing how much they cared about him and wanted him to get help.

One source tells us Cory was very receptive -- "It wasn't met with resistance ... He was always so grateful and aware of how fortunate he was."

"The decision was to best help our friend. The needs of the show fell second to his well-being."

Cory voluntarily checked into rehab at the end of March for a 30 day stint ... but despite his efforts, he couldn't defeat his demons, and last week, he died from a lethal mixture of heroin and alcohol.

He was 31.

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Duke Steele    

Hey Farrahsbooty: Addiction is NOT a disease. Leprosy is a disease. This kid was a junkie because he had a weak mind. One less.

359 days ago
17.

wuchutkinbout    

Also in a blood test or toxicology test, Suboxine or Methadone will show up as "Heroin" So even if Cory was taking them by prescription there is know medical way to know the difference unless there is physical evidence.

359 days ago
18.

Vince    

Yo cannot save an addict. There are two ways they beat the addiction. From self determination or death. An addict will say and do anything and everything to get you to believe they want to get better and they are getting better. As soon as you leave they do the drugs. He was an addict. He thought he was fooling everyone and could control it. He was wrong. He is dead. Self inflicted stupidity. Bury him. Move on. Next Hollywood addict to die is....

359 days ago
19.

Anonymous    

So sad. My heart goes out to Cory's loved ones. You can be doing great, but if you don't go to meetings every day in the beginning, chances of relapse become greater. It's difficult for movie stars to be a part of a 12 step fellowship like NA, but have to get over their egos and fears and just go as their lives depend on it. All it takes is using once to die. I have been to countless addicts' funerals who were doing great then used once.

359 days ago
20.

Lisa    

I don't understand how you can conquer a heroine addiction in 30 days. I don't understand these celebrity rehabs where you can check out in 2 weeks. Should rehabilitation be for at least 9 months - 1 year?

359 days ago
21.

Forrealthough    

This breaks my heart.

359 days ago
22.

Jim    

At what point are these "re-hab clinics" going to take responsibility for their failures? Cory only left re-hab 2-1/2 months ago, and he's already using again? Don't these clinics bear at least some of the responsibility for these "failure deaths" so soon after an individual leaves their care? Perhaps it's time to check out the success rates vs the failure rates, BEFORE you check in, otherwise, as in Cory's case, you check out permanently. RIP young man.

359 days ago
23.

Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

Any proof of this? This story sounds like a way for "Glee" to cover itself and avoid probing questions that would inevitably come after a tragic death.

359 days ago
24.

CelebrityScum    

That sitdown BS group ssession with Cory really helped him. The a holes should have reported him to the authorities and it is quite possible he may still be alive today.

359 days ago
25.

ketjo    

a 30 day stint in a Rehab is laughable....Hell the world of rehabs is laughable.....No one will get over their addicts without the will to stop if you stay for 30 or 60 or 90 days it won't help...daily lectures and talking sessions and "tell the doctor what's really wrong" won't help ...Its a waste of time for most addicts the only ones who ever succeed are the ones who went in with the resolve to quit.....and if you have that resolve you can do it without being in a "REHAB" just a good peaceful place away from temptation of drugs and STAYING away from drug places people who do drugs and place that will trigger your cravings....and most of all the will and resolve to stay clean....and a person in the entertainment industry just about doesn't have a chance in hell of staying clean cause if their is one place on earth were drugs are available and are handed to you on a silver plate its there.......

359 days ago
26.

Tracey    

You can't help those, that can't help themselves.

359 days ago
27.

Cran    

In network tv there is nothing more sacred than a hit show. This man should have been in rehab a minimum of 90 days and even longer. Heroin is the devil to quit and will steal your life. They couldn't keep going without him? Let him heal? Or were they on hiatus when he went to rehab?

359 days ago
28.

Meanie    

Sorry but don't care. The guy died doing what he cared MOST about. Being high. People would have given their left nut to have the career he had and would not have blown it by shoving poison in their arm. No sympathy here.

359 days ago
29.

ketjo    

You can clear your body of the drug but unless you have the will and the resolve to keep clean and drug free you will fail every time.....The mind is the strongest weapon to use against any addiction addiction is NOT a disease .

359 days ago
30.

The Atlanta Church Of Satan     

You have to understand. When quitting heroin your not going to be very happy for a period of time.

359 days ago
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