Former Addict, Jane
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Ever since the Glee star, 30, admitted himself to treatment for substance abuse on April 1, his castmates have been nothing but supportive— and that includes former addict, Jane.
“I think you get to a point – and this has happened to me – [where] you decide to renew your vows to your sobriety,” she says of Cory. “I think he is renewing his vows to his sobriety.”
The actress— who was once addicted to cough syrup after she quit drinking in 1991— recently celebrated her 21st year of sobriety, and knows first-hand how difficult it is to recognize there's a problem in the first place.
“I found myself eating about a gallon of chocolate ice cream daily to replace the copious amounts of sugar my body was used to from my daily beer intake,” Jane admitted in her memoir, Happy Accidents. “I did, however, continue my habit of taking NyQuil before bed. Though no longer drinking Miller Lite, I was still in need of something to soothe me. The fact that NyQuil had alcohol in it was not something I acknowledged at all. I still considered myself on the wagon.”
But Jane isn’t the only one who’s standing by Cory during his road to recovery.
Fellow Glee star, Naya Rivera, who plays Santana Lopez on the hit show, recently opened up about her wishes for her friend.
"He's such an amazing person, and it takes a lot to be able to admit that you have a problem and then seek help," Naya, 26, said at the GLAAD Media Awards. "We're all one big family, and he's a member of our family so we want to see him better.”
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Perhaps Cory’s biggest supporter is his co-star and off-screen girlfriend, Lea Michele. "I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this. I am grateful and proud he made this decision," the actress, 27, said after the news went public. “Still so overwhelmed by all the love and well wishes we have received from you all,” she tweeted April 2. “My heart is so full.”
At age 19, Cory sought treatment for substance abuse, and has remained open about his demons since. He hoped that speaking about his issues would deter aspiring actors from following in his footsteps.
"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," he said. "But for those people who might give up: Get real about what you want and go after it."