Newport Beach, California (July 17, 2013) — The recent death of Cory Monteith, who played the role of Finn Hudson on the enduringly beloved TV show Glee, is a somber reminder that thousands of young people struggle with substance abuse addictions each year.
Members of the performing arts professions suffer doubly, as those fields of work contain intrinsically high levels of unemployment and subsequent stress.
“People in such a high pressure profession are under constant scrutiny and tend to develop issues with depression and anxiety, and, sadly, they abuse substances as a coping skill.” Karen Alonso, LMFT., Morningside Recovery’s primary therapist
Many performers do not have the means to afford in-depth, professional treatment for addictions and substance abuse.
To honor the memory of performers like Cory Monteith who have struggled or lost their lives to substance abuse, Morningside Recovery seeks to impart a constructive benefit for members of the national performance arts community through the creation of their Performing Arts Scholarship, which will provide a full course of substance abuse treatment for one member of the performing arts community at no charge each year.
Frequently, individuals who struggle with substance abuse already have underlying mental health issues that drive their addictions. Since many centers only use Drug and Alcohol Counselors or Interns to do a bulk of the work, they fail to treat serious underlying issues such as childhood trauma, depression, chemical imbalances, and more. Morningside Recovery’s multi-disciplinary team comprised of Medical Doctors, Psychiatrists, Masters and Doctorate-level Psychologists, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers combine to assess, identify, and treat the whole individual, healing not only the addiction, but the mental health issues that often accompany them.
According to Alonso, “Substance abuse and mental health issues are very common among performing artists. The constant competition, inability to be authentic, and pressure to be ‘on’ drives the incidence of addiction in this line of work to higher than average levels.”
Morningside Recovery is in an excellent position to provide this support to the performing arts community, being so close to Los Angeles, CA, as well as near the Orange County High School for the Arts, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and Cal State Fullerton Theatrical Arts program.
Morningside Recovery seeks to help individuals get the treatment they need in order to prevent tragic losses like that of Mr. Monteith.
Those who are interested in applying for the Performing Arts Scholarship, or anyone struggling and in need of help, may call (866) 725-8565 or complete a contact form at www.MorningsideRecovery.com for details.
About Morningside Recovery
Morningside Recovery Center offers open-model mental health and addiction treatment in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, CA, where they advocate community service and integration.