PINEVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - When 'Glee' star Cory Monteith died of a drug overdose last week, the entertainment industry mourned, and substance abuse was once again thrust into the national spotlight.
"The more exposure that addiction and alcoholism get, the more education the public can get on it," says Joe Rogers of Covington, Louisiana.
Rogers understands better than most what Monteith suffered. Rogers himself is living at the Bridgehouse, a halfway house for recovering addicts in Pineville.
"The actual using and drinking and going and using drugs is always the last step," Rogers says. "There's always little things that build up to it. Who knows what was going on, in his mind, in his personal life?"
And the Bridgehouse is just one of many rehabilitation facilities in Cenla. Right on the campus of Central State Hospital, there are several programs for substance abuse.
"We have halfway houses, we have detox, we have inpatient, outpatient services," says Egan Jones, the executive director of the Central Louisiana Human Services. "And it's all locally right here."
It's treatment for all phases of recovery - and for all walks of life.
"I guess people need to just realize, that it's not just the celebrities out there," says Jones.
"It affects all sorts of people that you probably meet and pass in your everyday life," says Joe Rogers. "And you just never know."
Rogers says, what happened to Cory Monteith is a tragedy - one he says, he can and will avoid.
"I'll finish the program in about two weeks and yeah, looking forward to going home and re-establish my life there," he says. "I'm very grateful to have this opportunity to be here."
Egan Jones says most of the programs out at central state are federally and state-funded, trying to ask as little as possible from clients themselves. For more information on the programs available, click here.