Demi Lovato Describes Her ‘Rock Bottom’

By Victoria Kim 10/03/17

The vocal recovery advocate opened up about the decision her family made that gave her the final push toward sobriety.

Demi Lovato

Pop singer and Disney Channel alum, Demi Lovato, is one of the most vocal recovery advocates out there, never hesitating to share her personal struggles with drugs and alcohol as well as her eventual recovery. 

And as the traditional timeline goes, Lovato had her own “rock bottom” moment that gave her the final push to really commit to staying sober. She shared on a recent appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show in the UK that her family hit her where it really hurt.

“I knew that I had a lot of life ahead of me, but one of the main reasons of getting sober was so that I could be around my little sister because my mom and dad (said I couldn’t be around her) if I was doing stuff,” she told the talk show host.

Her loved ones tried intervening on Lovato’s spiral of cocaine and alcohol a few times, she recalled. But not being able to see her little sister Madison De La Garza, now 15 years old, was the final straw for the pop singer. 

“That was the moment when I thought, ‘OK I really need to get help and get sober,” she said. “This time I knew…I had hit rock bottom and I just needed to do this for myself.”

The vocal recovery advocate, now 25 and approaching six years of sobriety, has dedicated herself to spreading words of positivity, using her own struggles with substance use, body image issues, self-harm and bipolar disorder, to promote a healthy conversation about drugs, addiction, and mental health.

“I went through some tough times and went to treatment for some struggles that I had and now I’ve come out the other side, and I use my stories to help others and inspire them to get the help they need,” she told Ross.

Lovato recently attended a star-studded fundraiser where she was honored for her recovery advocacy. 

She reflected on five and a half years of sobriety, reminding others that recovery is a process and takes work every day. “I see a therapist twice a week. I make sure I stay on my medications. I go to AA meetings. I do what I can physically in the gym. I make it a priority,” she said at the Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug Prevention Summer Spectacular.

“Every day is a battle. You just have to take it one day at a time. Some days are easier than others and some days you forget about drinking and using, but for me, I work on my physical health, which is important, but my mental health as well.”

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