Keith Urban & Other Celebs Offer Demi Lovato Recovery Advice

By Victoria Kim 08/02/18

Kelsey Grammer and Mackenzie Phillips are among the celebs who offered words of encouragement to the pop star.

Keith Urban

Pop star Demi Lovato is expected to make a full recovery after landing in the hospital last Tuesday for an “apparent overdose.” CNN reports from a source close to the singer that the next step will be to enter a recovery program.

News of Lovato’s apparent overdose was especially striking; as the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer and Disney Channel alum has made a name for herself as a champion of mental health and recovery support. She celebrated six years of sobriety in March.

Fellow celebs in recovery have offered words of encouragement as the dust settles from last week.

While appearing on The Today Show in Australia, country singer Keith Urban, who has over a decade of sobriety, shared that it would benefit Lovato to have “good people around her and a willingness to want to live a different way if that’s what she wants to do.” He added, “It’s all up to her.”

The “Blue Ain’t Your Color” singer spent time at the Betty Ford Center in Palm Springs, California in 2007 for alcohol. “I wish I’d gotten sober many years earlier than I did, but it is what it is,” he said in March.

Kelsey Grammer, star of the classic sitcom Frasier, could also relate. “Forgive yourself. That’s about it,” he advised Lovato. “Somebody told me a long time ago, a pretty smart guy, [that] ‘Any kind of addiction is really the result of unsolved grief.’ And that has held true for me as I’ve gone through life ever since and that’s why I give that piece of advice.”

Grammer said last summer that alcohol and drugs were his way to cope with a series of family tragedies, including the murder of his father during a home invasion.

He was finally able to move on, with the help of the proper treatment. “I just put [that pain] where it is: in the past. But it’s a pain that you can always stumble into again—it’s with you 24/7, especially in the case of tragic death, and there have been a few of those. It’s just a part of life. Maybe I learned a little earlier than most, but it’s just the way it goes.”

Actress and recovery counselor Mackenzie Phillips also put a word in. “You’re talking about someone’s life. You’re not talking about a breadwinner, you're talking about a human being who’s struggling with a real, real problem. And so people need to just let her do her thing and get well.”

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