Rehab May Have Left Monteith More Likely to OD
Body could have lost ability to tolerate heroin: doctors
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2013 10:57 AM CDT
Cory Monteith arrives at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

(Newser) – Did rehab actually make Cory Monteith more vulnerable? Doctors explain to USA Today that drug users can be at higher risk of overdosing after leaving rehab if they aren't able to stay clean. Because heroin users build up a tolerance to the drug—which contributed to Monteith's death—they have to use more in order to feel any effects. But after detoxing, addicts' bodies can no longer handle those big amounts, and former addicts who relapse are likely to immediately revert back to the same big dose. That can kill them, one expert explains. As for the fatal dose of heroin, Monteith was alone in his hotel room when he took it, Vancouver police say, according to Radar.

His death is particularly tragic, one friend tells Radar, in light of the fact that he previously kicked addictions to ecstasy and heroin. "Cory fought his demons and the demons won," another friend tells E!. "Cory wasn't going out and doing these things to have fun. He couldn't stop. He tried. He just couldn't." One of his demons: the fame that came from his role on Glee. It "was hard for him," yet another friend tells People, something "he never quite knew how to handle." It was the Glee cast and producers who convinced Monteith to go to rehab earlier this year when it became clear he was using heroin, TMZ reports, and Monteith was "grateful" for their support. Castmate and girlfriend Lea Michele has released a new statement through her reps, Celebuzz adds: She is "deeply grateful" for fans' support, and is "grieving alongside [Monteith's] family" while making arrangements.

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Jul 18, 2013 1:13 AM CDT
If you look at people in his same juncture such as John Belushi, Chris Farley, Heath Ledger, Brittany Murphy, just to name a few, you can see a pattern. Wealth, fame, a fast life, lots of publicity, and lots of the accompanying dissatisfaction with life. Don't get me wrong, a blank check would be nice and I have a list of things I would get and places I would go. Also don't think I would pretend to think I could avoid all the pitfalls of same. I mean one thing that keeps me dry today is cost. Alcohol is plain costly and I'm already to the bone on expenses. My experience with pain meds when I have been prescribed them is that a little goes a long way especially if you have had a life without it. The only reason I had morphine a couple years ago was because of some gall bladder problems. But when they sent me home to allow it to heal, they asked me if I wanted any pain meds. I declined and just took the bottle of flagyl. Three months later they said my gall bladder was clear. They were prepared to operate on it. I didn't tell them I had gone through a natural cleaning program I found that involved epsom salts. They did two ultra sounds on me just to make sure. Every time I go in the physician looks at my original ultra sounds they did in the hospital and compares them to three months later and they say, "This just does not happen."
Jul 17, 2013 10:22 PM CDT
The "tolerance" of an addict can disappear paradoxically, too--that is, the tolerance can suddenly decrease for an unknown reason.....But , he died rich, happy and well loved.....How many "clean" poor people can say that anyone cares about them?
Jul 17, 2013 10:18 PM CDT
Far better to end ones life wealthy enough to overdose on heroin and alcohol, surrounded by friends and admirerers on all sides.....Far better to overdose that way than die as some poor "clean," penniless chump that no one cares about....."Rehab" is for rich people who want to keep on using....