I know I obsess over Demi Lovato a lot, but she really is constantly impressing me with her maturity and wisdom. She’s only twenty years old but already she’s been through so much and come out of it with such an amazing strength and quality of character that I have very high hopes for her continued recovery. I feel strongly that she has learned from her mistakes, and even if she has little blips on the radar where she slips up, she’ll continue to move in a good direction and make good, healthy choices for herself.
In contrast, one person who wasn’t so lucky as to get another chance to attempt sobriety was Cory Monteith, who I’m sure you’ve heard by now died tragically of a heroin overdose this past weekend at a hotel in Vancouver. He had attempted rehab twice — once at age nineteen after becoming addicted to drugs at thirteen, and once earlier this year, in March. He completed both stints successfully, but ultimately his addiction overcame him, a story that’s all too familiar in Hollywood, as Demi knows personally from her experiences with alcohol and drugs as a teenager:
“Promoters gave me drugs and alcohol in restaurants or clubs. They wanted me to come back so I would be seen there … Being a celebrity can be dangerous. Nobody says ‘no.’ That’s why so many end up overdosing and dying. It could definitely have happened to me.”
More than most of us, she understands the difficult road to recovery and how easy it is to become derailed along the way.
“All it takes is one moment of vulnerability to get slipped into your addiction. It’s not a choice. Nobody chooses to use. He didn’t choose to die. It was the disease. It can creep up on you at any moment. It only takes one moment of relapse to potentially die. It’s really scary, but I’m really hoping that from this, people are able to see this is a very, very, very dangerous disease.”
She makes it clear that she takes her own disease extremely seriously, adjusting her life to avoid temptations or triggers that her friends who aren’t in recovery don’t need to worry about:
“They can turn 21 and have their turn-21st-birthday. I don’t think that I – I just don’t put myself in those situations where I’m going to be at those 21st birthdays. I don’t go to clubs. I just know it’s something I can’t do without being triggered. And that’s okay.”
I’m just so impressed by how centered and grounded she is. Most young people feel like the whole world is against them if things don’t immediately go their way, but I think Demi has a very realistic idea of her place in the world and what she can and can’t control. She’s just so great.
“The main person in my thoughts is Lea. I am praying for her so hard and I love her so much. I’m wishing her a lot of strength right now.”
Yeah. That’s really all you can do. I just can’t even imagine what she’s going through. Ugh.
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