Demi Lovato Dishes On The Struggle To Remain Sober

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato has been refreshingly outspoken about her struggles with substance abuse, providing support to fellow celebrities and serving as a role model for her fans. Receiving a new award, this one in recognition of her six years of sobriety, the singer opened up about what it took to get herself clean and about the challenges of resisting peer pressure in the intervening years.
Demi Lovato Accepts The Spirit of Sobriety Award
The setting was Brent Shapiro Foundation's Summer Spectacular and the Spirit of Sobriety Awards was receiving a special honoree. Demi Lovato, singer and actress, was on hand to accept her award, which gave her the opportunity to share how her own life has changed. Mike Bayer, a mental health professional and Lovato's personal development coach, helped Demi connect with the Brent Shapiro Foundation six years ago, when the star was struggling and trying to battle her demons.
"It was a very challenging time in my life," confessed Ms. Lovato. "I sat at one of these tables, struggling to stay sober, but I'm proud to say that I stand here tonight five and a half years sober. I'm more empowered and in control than I ever have been."
Ms. Lovato chants some of the same mantras heard time and again, reminding us that battling addiction is a process. Taking things one day at a time is essential, says Demi, adding that "every day is a battle" and that anything can serve as a trigger. She says her own success has depended greatly on her ability to throw herself into things like physical fitness, writing music, and working on the quality of her mental health.
Demi Lovato Says Recovery Is Hard Work
Today, Demi is still working on the recovery process, even though she has been clean for nearly six years. She visits her therapist twice a week, never misses her meds or her AA meetings, and always hits the gym at least once a day. Much of this routine has become a habit in itself, but a healthier one and one that enables Lovato to feel happier about her life.
Demi has deliberately shared her struggle on social media, because she hopes to inspire others. She knows what it's like to want to get better, but feel frustrated by the long climb. In a recent social media post commemorating her new Spirit of Sobriety Award, Demi revealed that she has had to face her own weaknesses.
"It's been quite the journey. So many ups and downs. So many times I wanted to relapse but sat on my hands and begged God to relieve the obsession," Demi Lovato captioned her Instagram post. "I'm so proud of myself but I couldn't have done it without my higher power (God), my family, friends, and everyone else who supported me."


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