Actor Cory Monteith, who plays the wholesome football captain Finn Hudson on the hit FOX show "Glee," gave a candid interview to Parade Magazine, in which he revealed his recovery from a serious drug problem.
"I'm lucky on so many counts - I'm lucky to be alive," Monteith, 29, told Parade.
The actor said his spiral downward began when he was 13, living in British Columbia. By age 16, he says, "I was out of control," doing all kinds of drugs. "Anything and everything... as much as possible. I had a serious problem."
His friends and family staged an intervention and Monteith did a stint in rehab, but it didn't work. It was only after he was caught stealing money from a family member that Monteith decided he had to make a change.
"I was done fighting myself. I finally said, 'I'm gonna start looking at my life and figure out why I'm doing this'."
He added, "I don't want kids to think it's okay to drop out of school and get high, and they'll be famous actors, too... but for those people who might give up: Get real about what you want and go after it."