We all know Demi has been open about her sobriety, substance abuse struggles, and eating disorder over the years. At the age of 19, she got sober and she remained sober for six years. In 2018, Demi Lovato relapsed and overdosed. Now, she is shining a light on what lead to her relapse and how she has been recovering since then.
Talking about her sobriety and relapse, Demi Lovato says, “I got sober at an age where I wasn’t even legally allowed to drink. I got the help I needed at the time, and I took on the approach of a one size fits all solution, which is sobriety, just sobriety. My whole team took that approach, and we did it, and we ran with it, and it worked for a long time.” What added complications was the fact that she was still dealing with an eating disorder, to which the singer says, “Over the years, it progressively got worse and worse, with people checking what my orders at Starbucks were on my bank statements. Just little things like that, it led me to being really, really unhappy. My bulimia got really bad, and I asked for help, and I didn’t receive the help that I needed. And I was so stuck in this unhappy position. And here I am sober, and I’m thinking to myself, ‘I’m six years sober, but I’m miserable. I’m even more miserable than I was when I was drinking. Why am I sober?’”
She tried reaching out for help by sending her team a message and they told her it would be “selfish” and “ruining” things if she did start to drink again. This triggered her abandonment issues from her birth father, who was also an addict. Feeling abandoned, Demi relapsed turning to alcohol for comfort and that night, went to a party where “other stuff” was there. This was three months before Demi Lovato overdosed and was rushed to the hospital.