Sunday, April 5, 2015

DEMI LOVATO: A STORY OF HOPE

When I saw the headline from E! News read: "Wilmer Valderrama and Demi Lovato are taking their relationship to the next level," I immediately thought to myself, they must be engaged, right?


Alas, they aren't quite there. I guess we'll all just have to carry on with our mundane lives for now. It turns out E! was just overly excited about the couple's announcement to work on a film together. Everyone in the know agrees - when that date comes, when Wilmer and Demi decide to tie the knot - it will be an important day for both.
However, shouldn't we really take time here to acknowledge another, more important date? Demi Lovato just celebrated her three-year anniversary of sobriety. This is after all, a blog about recovery, not gossip.

We are constantly inundated with news of celebrities entering rehabilitation facilities, relapsing, reentering. We hear about the plush surroundings and amenities within the opulent walls of their exclusive luxury rehab centers. We hear of the outlandish demands and requests, all of which are accommodated - given the ridiculous amount of money spent on these "programs."

Celebrities have in many instances, made a mockery of recovery and subsequently have given the rehab business a bad name. Or at least one taken less serious than warranted.And so it's nice to read about a young starlet who is serious about her recovery. A woman who has made a commitment to staying clean and sober. A woman who is willing to share her story of hope.

For Lovato, like most - getting here wasn't easy.

In her early teen years, she could not go 30 minutes without cocaine or alcohol and also suffered from eating disorders and self-harming. But now that lifestyle is merely a remnant of her past. The 22-year-old former Disney Channel star thanked her loved ones over Twitter for their encouraging support writing: 'I never knew sobriety was possible for me.'

Three years ago, Demi was overcoming her struggle with substance abuse and alcoholism but most of all 'an addiction that made her a manipulator and a liar.' She was 19-year-old and at the height of her Disney Channel fame, still reveling in the mega success of her 2008 teen TV film Camp Rock.

'I couldn't go 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine and I would bring it on airplanes,' she confessed in a tell-all interview in 2013.

'I had all the help in the world, but I didn't want it. When I hit that moment I was like, "it's no longer fun when you're doing it alone,"' she recalled. 'That is alcoholic behavior, it's no longer I'm young and rebellious and out having fun, it was, wow, I'm one of those people. I got to get my act together.'

She was sent to rehab in 2010 after allegedly punching female backup dancer Alex Welch. The songbird had three months of inpatient treatment at the Timberline Knolls residential centre in Illinois. Demi learned that she had been using all her addictions – the drugs, alcohol, self-harming and her eating disorder – to give herself a false sense of control.

'I was working to this grueling schedule and while I couldn't stop the momentum of that, I believed, wrongly, that my addictive behaviors were something that I was in charge of.' In addition to her immediate family members, her longtime love Wilmer Valderrama was right by her side motivating her to live a more healthy lifestyle.

We commend and applaud Demi Lovato and wish her a long and healthy life in recovery.

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