Cory Monteith’s real life teen years could not have been more different to the cheery, musical existence of his “Glee” alter-ego Finn Hudson. He was once so badly addicted to drugs that he turned to crime. A family member’s ultimatum is what forced him to get clean.
“I was out of control,” Monteith said.
He has admitted to skipping school, drinking and smoking marijuana by the time he was 13. Eventually he quit school altogether when he was 16.
Cory Monteith (29) admits being heavily into drugs at the time.
“I would do anything and everything, as much as possible. I had a serious problem,” he revealed.
That drug abseled to his mother and friends to stage an intervention when he was 19.
“That’s when I first went to rehab. I did the stint but then went back to doing exactly what I left off doing,” he says.
He only finally got his life got back on the right track when a family member threatened to shop him to the police. The relative caught Corey stealing money and gave him an ultimatum: get clean or deal with the cops.
Monteith says he is opening up about his past to send a message “those people who might give up”. He wants them to “get real about what you want and go after it. If I can, anyone can.”
It sounds like a good message from a guy who obviously knows something about overcoming addiction.