Lovato Speaks Out on Drug Addiction & Disorders
Demi Lovato is crusader for positive body image and addiction recovery. Lovato battled both issues from a young age. She regularly opens up about her past to provide insight on how she turned her life around. In a recent article with American Way Magazine, Lovato delved further into her journey from being a drug addict to a healthy, successful star.
Although she is now a chart-topping pop singer, Lovato began her rise to fame on the show Barney & Friends. After that, she became a Disney star, grabbing lead roles in Sonny with a Chance and Camp Rock. Her Disney roles also exposed her as an elegant vocalist, giving her the opportunity to go on tours and open for acts like The Jonas Brothers.
Although she was gaining traction as an actress and singer, Lovato was suffering off the screen.
Lovato had always been self-conscious about her appearance. Her mother, Dianne Lee Hart, had an eating disorder, which made Lovato aware of her body image from a young age.
“Even though I was 2 or 3 years old,” Lovato says, “being around somebody who was 80 pounds and had an active eating disorder … it’s hard not to grow up like that,” said Lovato.
Lovato became bulimic, binging and purging food to gain a sense of control over her appearance. She also began using alcohol, prescription pills, and cocaine to self-medicate.
Lovato eventually received assistance for her eating disorder by going to a rehab facility, where she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She successfully worked through her bulimia and received help for her mental health issues.
Her drug use, however, still ate at her.
“I thought, ‘I’m not in treatment for a drug and alcohol problem,’” said Lovato. “But once I started eating again, the other issues got worse. It was like whack-a-mole.”
Lovato would fill soda bottles up with vodka so she could drink without restriction. Her cocaine use became so bad that she couldn’t go more than an hour without using, even snorting it on airplanes.
Lovato’s struggle with several issues in addition to addiction is not uncommon. Many addicts have co-occurring mental health issues. Sometimes, one issue can become more severe as the other receives treatment.
Lovato made a hard decision, but one that would greatly benefit her future. She chose to enter a sober living facility in Hollywood, where she would remain for over a year. The community helped her get through her addictions, and guided her into sobriety.
Many celebrities go to rehab, but it seems like many also backpedal on their sobriety. Lindsay Lohan, also a Disney star, was the face of every news magazine as she struggled with countless rehab stints.
Lovato, however, has stuck with her sobriety. Her last drink was in 2012, and according to American Life, she still goes to AA meetings. While there are probably countless reasons for her success, one may be her desire to connect with others facing addiction and mental health issues.
Lovato doesn’t hide her past away. She’s upfront about her previous drug abuse and eating disorder. Many of her fans are young people who are vulnerable to similar situations. Through her outspokenness and advocacy, she gives those fans hope for a future of freedom and acceptance.
Those seeking a drug rehab facility can call Step One Rehab at 888-330-9470. Finding help for addiction doesn’t have to be a struggle. The resources are out there, and Step One Rehab can connect patients with facilities that fit their individual needs. Treatment works, the first step is just making the call.