Sober for over five years, singer Demi Lovato visited The Jonathan Ross Show to discuss what led her to seek treatment for addictions and mental health issues at age 19.
Publicly verbal about her struggles to maintain sobriety, Lovato has become an outspoken advocate for people in recovery, particularly identifying with young adults. In the past, Lovato has admitted her abuse of cocaine, even stating that her addiction became so severe that she abused the drug on an hourly basis.
Lovato, who comes from a close-knit family that consists of her parents and younger sister, who is also an actress, had been on the receiving end of several interventions, according to her conversation with Ross.
“The final one, everyone was like, ‘We are no longer going to leave, we are leaving.’ That was the moment when I thought, ‘Okay, I really need to get help and get sober.’ This time I knew… I had hit rock bottom and I just needed to do this for myself,” she said.
Lovato also revealed that her parents barred her from visiting with her younger sister, who was 10 years old at the time.
The intervention provided the wake-up call that Lovato desperately needed. She went on to attend intensive treatment which also addressed her bi-polar disorder and bulimia, which she had suffered from for many years.
Lovato’s efforts in the mental health community have spoken to countless young people, as she works tirelessly to promote messages of resilience and positivity through her music and philanthropy.
Although Lovato continues to celebrate her sobriety, she stated that every day “is a battle,” when accepting the Spirit of Sobriety Award from the Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug Prevention.
As more celebrities come forward and speak candidly about their sobriety and struggles to stay clean, we can draw inspiration from their stories and remind ourselves that we can move forward, too. Celebrities in recovery also remind us that addiction does not discriminate—it can affect anyone, and is a powerful and insidious disease.
We applaud Demi in remaining a strong figure for the recovery community, and encourage everyone reading her story to keep up the fight.
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