Facing Her Demons — Demi Lovato’s Struggle With Addiction

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From Disney Channel to worldwide touring singer, Demi Lovato has grown up in the spotlight and all  eyes on her. With such a large presence in pop culture, there can be a lot of pressure to look and act a certain way so that fans see you in the best light. This pressure can be a lot to handle, especially for celebrities like Demi who started in the industry at such a young age. Growing up with the world judging your every move, every action you make, every outfit you wear — that constant judgement must be really difficult to deal with on a daily basis.

Lovato made a documentary, “Simply Complicated,” about what that feeling is like; her experience growing up in the public eye and how that really was a factor in her decision making that ultimately led to her drug addiction. She talks a lot about her personal struggle with addiction, and how it makes her stronger everyday.

In her documentary, she really opens up about her addiction and how she eventually spiraled out of control and hit rock bottom, which made her realize she needed to take action and go to rehab. She also talks about how constant her struggle is and that she really has to fight battles with herself and her addiction daily.

At the end of July, Lovato had an incident in which an ambulance had to be called to her home early on July 24 due to an alleged drug overdose. The overdose was reportedly pretty severe and Lovato was admitted to the hospital for multiple days. Since then she has left the hospital and is now currently in rehab. There has been an outpour of love and support from her peers, friends and fans. Demi posted a statement about the situation on Instagram. She said, “I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction. What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet.”

Prior to being hospitalized, Demi released a new single in June entitled “Sober” about her constant struggle with addiction. She expresses how she hasn’t stayed sober the entirety of the six years she claimed to be sober.

Momma, I’m so sorry, I’m not sober anymore
And daddy, please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor
To the ones who never left me
We’ve been down this road before
I’m so sorry, I’m not sober anymore.

Although Demi has addressed her addiction and past of drug abuse in her documentary, on Instagram and through her music, this does not mean her addiction has disappeared. Addiction is a lifelong battle. In regards to her recent hospital visit, she will continue to be challenged and pushed to her limits, but she will be able to overcome this and she will become stronger because of this. People have been with her from her days in “Camp Rock” to having songs #1 on the charts, and they will continue to support her through this difficult time.

VALLEY is rooting for you. Stay strong, Demi.

If you or anyone you know suffers from drug or alcohol addiction please call: 1-877-937-0835.

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