Demi Lovato’s Sister Says She’s Working Hard At Sobriety

By Kelly Burch 10/03/18

"We've been through a lot together and every single time... we always come out on the other side a 100 times stronger than before."

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato’s 16-year-old sister said that the star is working hard at her sobriety, 60 days after the singer reportedly started treatment. 

"She's working really hard on her sobriety and we're all so incredibly proud of her,” Madison De La Garza told Millennial Hollywood while promoting her new movie Subject 16.

During the conversation, she talked about how difficult Lovato’s July overdose was for her family. “It's been crazy for our family,” she said. “It’s been a lot.”

De La Garza said that the family is focusing on the positive. 

"We've been through a lot together, and every single time... we go through something, we always come out on the other side a hundred times stronger than before," De La Garza said. "So, we've just been so thankful for everything—for the little things.”

De La Garza said that she wants to do "so many little things” with her big sister once Lovato completes treatment—like getting frozen yogurt. "It sounds so small, but [I want to] go to Menchie's," she said. "Honestly, I'm more of a Pinkberry person, but she likes Menchie's, and so we usually go there."

Lovato is working a treatment program at an undisclosed facility. In early August the "Confident" singer released a statement on Instagram. “What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time," she wrote. "It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet.”

She told fans that she would be off the radar while she focuses on recovery. 

“I now need time to heal and focus on my sobriety and road to recovery,” she wrote. “The love you have all shown me will never be forgotten and I look forward to the day where I can say I came out on the other side. I will keep fighting.”

Although Lovato has not made any public statements since then, her family says that she is doing the necessary work to live sober. 

"I can honestly say today that she is doing really well," Lovato’s mother, Dianna De La Garza, said in September. “She's happy, she's healthy, she's working on her sobriety, and she's getting the help she needs.”

De La Garza added that Lovato’s overdose came as a shock, but that the family’s faith helped them cope. 

"We just didn't know for two days if she was going to make it or not," she said. "I just feel like the reason she is alive today is because of the millions and millions of prayers that went up every day.”

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Kelly Burch writes about addiction and mental health issues, particularly as they affect families. Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.