Demi Lovato On Staying Sober: Every Day Is A Battle

By Kelly Burch 09/14/17

“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.”

Demi Lovato

Five-and-a-half years after she got sober, singer Demi Lovato says that she still has to work on her recovery each and every day. 

“Every day is a battle,” Lovato said at the annual Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug Prevention Summer Spectacular in Beverly Hills last weekend. Lovato was accepting the Spirit of Sobriety award from the foundation, which was founded by lawyer Robert Shapiro in honor of his young son Brent, who died of a drug overdose in his early 20s. 

“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,” Lovato said, according to People. 

Lovato, who has bipolar disorder, maintains a strict care regimen despite her busy career. “I see a therapist twice a week,” she said while accepting the award. “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.”

After the ceremony Lovato told Extra that she has developed an interest in mixed martial arts and jiu-jitsu, in which she has a blue belt. “I prioritize my workouts daily except for Sunday,” she said. “Sundays are my day off. I make sure that I have an hour to two hours every morning and it’s either jiu-jitsu mixed martial arts or cardio strength training.”

Lovato recalled that she was at the same event years ago, but she did not maintain her sobriety. Returning last weekend emphasized for her how far she has come. “It’s kind of incredible because it's coming full circle and I came to this event six years ago and I didn’t stay sober, now getting this award six years later, I’ve had five and a half years sober since then,” she said. “This event means so much to me.”

Lovato again reiterated her dedication to speaking out about her struggles with mental illness and addiction. She hopes that her messages will resonate with her young fans. 

“It’s important that we raise awareness that drug addiction doesn’t discriminate in age,” she said. “That’s why I am so open about my story—I want people to learn from my struggles so that it can prevent them from going down the same path I went.”

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