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Rob Delaney Addresses Addiction in Wake of Cory Monteith’s Death

‘Addiction is a brutal, cunning, shapeshifting enemy’

Rob Delaney performs in Universal City, California.

Rob Delaney performs in Universal City, California.

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Rob Delaney took to Tumblr to talk about addiction following the death of Glee star Cory Monteith last weekend. The comedian had tweeted “Love to Cory Monteith. If drugs/alcohol are killing you, there is help available. I got sober 11 yrs ago at 25. It can be done,” before an autopsy revealed yesterday that Monteith died from a lethal combination of heroin and alcohol. 

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,” said Delaney. 

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An advocate for recovering addicts, Delaney briefly recounted his experience before getting sober, and goes on to explain the day-to-day battle with former demons. “Addiction is a brutal, cunning, shapeshifting enemy, but I’ve seen people from every walk of life kick it in the fucking mouth,” he continued. 

The comedian and writer said that after hearing about a death like Monteith’s, he and other recovering addicts gather to mourn the loss and learn from the tragedy. 

“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.”


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