Cory Monteith Death: Comedian Rob Delaney Says 'Addiction Is A Brutal, Cunning, Shape-shifting Enemy'

 @AndrewBerry1 on July 17 2013 4:36 PM
Cory Monteith
"Glee" star Cory Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room on July 13, 2013. Reuters

Comedian Rob Delaney issued an insightful post on Tumblr discussing addiction in the wake of “Glee” actor Cory Monteith’s death, according to Rolling Stone.

After he tweeted condolences and warned about the dangers of drugs and alcohol after Monteith’s body was discovered, Delaney said he was concerned about the reaction he got on social media. “I’m only writing this because I sensed a fatalism in some of the replies I received from people, suggesting they believe that some folks are destined to OD and die,” Delaney wrote.

In the Tumblr post, Delaney said everybody has the potential to get sober. He also stressed the discipline it takes to control one’s addictions. “Addiction is a brutal, cunning, shape-shifting enemy, but I’ve seen people from every walk of life kick it in the f*****g mouth,” Delaney said. “But if you want to beat it, you must ACKNOWLEDGE ITS STRENGTH and work out in your basement every day, including weekends and holidays, and then when you encounter it on a country road or a city street corner or a weekend barbecue or a subway platform, beat its f*****g skull in before it gets the chance to do the same to you. Because it will, because that’s its job.”

Delaney said that addiction does not discriminate by gender, race, age, religion, economic status or any other identifying factor. “Booze and drugs are elemental,” Delaney noted. “They don’t care about the alcoholic/addict.”

The comedian said he tries to learn from any tragic loss that results from alcohol or drug abuse. “I circle the wagons with my other survivor friends and we go over the battle plans a FIVE-HUNDREDTH time, figure out where our dead friend that we love and mourn deviated, and we prepare to greet the coming day in a manner that will give something other than our addictions a fair shot at killing us,” Delaney said.

As previously reported, Cory Monteith’s autopsy revealed that the “Glee” actor died from an accidental overdose of alcohol and heroin while he was staying in a Vancouver hotel.

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