By Carla Roberts
(KUTV) The death of a young actor put the spotlight on addictions.
“Glee” star Cory Monteith was just 31 years old when he died from an apparent drug overdose. He now joins a list of celebrities whose lives were cut short because of an addiction.
Drugs are not just a problem in Hollywood. Many families here in Utah are affected by addiction. “It is such a tragedy. It leaves pain in the family and sometimes in society. It is such a tragedy because these addiction issues and illnesses are treatable.”
Doctor Ted Wander is the medical director for the inpatient psychiatric unit at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City. He says often times, the cycle of addiction to substances such as drugs and alcohol begins with genetics. “When people come genetically predisposed to like them (drugs) and try them, they gravitate to them and they can develop dependence on them.”
In the case of Cory Monteith, the star did seek help and even checked into rehab earlier this year. But Dr. Wander says like many illnesses, addiction has no cure.
“Those are re-occurring; life-long illnesses and we regard addiction the same way. So it is all about relapse prevention and risk reduction. And if a person does relapse, getting them right back into treatment.”
Treatment can include inpatient and outpatient care. The first step is acknowledging that you or a loved one has a problem. For more information, visit: http://intermountainhealthcare.org/hospitals/lds/services/behavioral/Pages/home.aspx
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