This past weekend, celebrities united for a great cause: raising awareness about drug addiction and prevention.
Among the celebrities who attended the Summer Spectacular event benefiting the Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug Prevention were Brady Bunch star Maureen McCormick and actress and singer Demi Lovato.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight at the event, McCormick confirmed that she is 35 years sober from drug addiction.
“I am so lucky to be here, alive, and I feel like my mind is still really good. I feel very, very lucky that I came out of it,” she told the media outlet.
The Brent Shapiro Foundation was founded by the Shapiro family after the death of their son Brent from an overdose in 2005. In their mission to raise awareness, the family hopes to provide support for loved ones—and those who still struggle with the disease.
An annual event, the Summer Spectacular hosts familiar Hollywood faces, many of whom have a personal connection with the disease of addiction.
Lovato also spoke openly of her sobriety when receiving the Spirit of Sobriety award from the foundation.
Quoted by People, Lovato stated in her acceptance speech that, “You just have to take it one day at a time, some days are easier than others and some days you forget about drinking and using, but for me, I work on my physical health, which is important, but my mental health as well.”
For countless families and individuals nationwide, these words serve as a beacon of hope. Sober for over five years, Lovato has endeavored to share her story with the public, inciting meaningful conversation and offering plenty of support.
As more celebrities step forward, using their platforms for good, we are able to further spread awareness through education and stories—like Lovato’s and McCormick’s—of courage and the will to overcome.
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