Demi Lovato Talks About Maintaining Her Sobriety After Four Years

By May Wilkerson 05/19/16

“I had to learn the hard way that I can’t do parties anymore. Some people can go out and not be triggered, but that’s not the case for me.”

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Demi Lovato Talks About Maintaining Her Sobriety After Four Years

Demi Lovato has been refreshingly forthcoming about the perks and struggles of recovery, speaking openly about her battles with addiction, self harm, eating disorders and bipolar disorder. In a new interview with Refinery29, the 23-year-old singer addressed her efforts to maintain her sobriety years after putting down alcohol and drugs.

Lovato’s addiction spiraled back in 2010, when she said she couldn’t go more than an hour without using cocaine, and was “bitchy” and difficult to work with. “Prior to getting sober, I was one of those people who was like, I don’t give a fuck, whatever,” she said. “And I used that as an excuse to do whatever I wanted. I was a nightmare to work with.” She finally had a public meltdown while on tour that landed her in rehab.

But it took her a few more trips to rehab before sobriety stuck. She told Refinery29 that she didn’t really attribute her substance use to her eating disorder and bipolar disorder, which led to several relapses. But finally, she got serious about her recovery, and Lovato recently celebrated four years of sobriety this past March.

Four years later, the singer still doesn’t take her recovery lightly, making efforts to protect her sobriety and avoid potential triggers. This has changed her social life significantly. “I had to learn the hard way that I can’t do parties anymore,” she said. “Some people can go out and not be triggered, but that’s not the case for me.” When on tour, she keeps all booze out of her dressing room, stocking her rider instead with lemon sparkling water and a humidifier. 

Lovato even opts out of watching movies containing drug use, and didn’t watch the Amy Winehouse documentary Amy for this reason. “If I feel even 1% unsure that I’m in a place where I can watch it, then I just don’t do it,” she said. But despite living a very different life these days, Lovato said she’s much healthier and happier. “I know [my life] sounds so boring,” she said. “But I’ve come to a place where I’d rather be relaxed than get all dressed up and go to some party or club with people who don’t really care about my well-being at all.”

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