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Demi Lovato’s Road to Recovery

Demi Lovato
The NIDA Blog Team

In addition to sharing her talents with the world, Demi Lovato has shared her experiences with bipolar disorder and drug addiction. She has also had bouts of anorexia, bulimia, and self-harm. In fact, her bipolar disorder is what led her to use drugs and alcohol to cope with her symptoms and to “just feel normal.” Getting the right diagnosis was the first step in helping her live a healthy life, and in feeling truly good about herself.

Demi is not alone in having more than one condition—as many as 6 in 10 people with a substance use disorder also suffer from a mental health condition such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, or bipolar disorder. She is also not alone in her recovery. Over 23 million Americans are in recovery from alcohol and other drugs—according to Faces and Voices of Recovery, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people get the treatment and services they need to sustain long-term recovery.

Demi has accomplished much in her young life—but what truly sets her apart is her courage to get treatment for her conditions and to use her struggles to help encourage others to get the treatment they need. By sharing her story, she helps reduce the stigma around drug abuse and mental health issues. She has also decided that she can be a force for positive change by joining the National Alliance on Mental Illness to lobby congress to pass comprehensive mental health legislation.

NIDA congratulates Demi on pursuing treatment and working so hard to help others who are in similar situations.

Happy 3-year sobriety anniversary, Demi!

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Well done Demi xxx
I'm a really big fan and I never knew someone as amazing as Demi to do drugs and have a addiction but now I will look up to you even more. So I wi never do drugs.
I love demi... I have loved her since I was little and I look up to her too... im never doing it again... its gonna be hard but I can do it
same im a really big fan of her and i really will never do any drugs.
Who cares about her
what up then
If you don't care then don't read... why would you comment if you don't
She ma girl yo she ma sista from a notha mistah
that was amazing
I care she is a human being and she deserves a good life!! she is an amazing singer and she has accomplished many things some of us couldn't she has inspired me to sing and im only 14 years old im going to sign up for the X Factor and the voice to try to accomplish as much as she did. And if you have been doing drugs or anything get help because everyone deserves to live including people who kill. They have troubles in their life and if people just listened and cared then maybe they'd get help and stop their addiction so don't judge people by their cover.
what drug did she use??

Demi Lovato has spoken openly about her addiction to cocaine and her road to recovery.

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By Demi sharing her story with the world, it allows all of her young fans that look up to her and have any one of her problem see that they are not alone. By Demi turning her negative situation into a positive one, she is able to influence many people and maybe even encourage them to get treatment of help for their own problems that people might be facing alone. This is what a role model does, and this is so courageous of her to let people into her life like that.
This blog is a good example of how someone who seems to have it all, faces the same struggles normal people do. In fact she may even have more temptations having everything she could want at her fingertips. She is also not ashamed of her past and wants to expresses her wrongdoings to hopefully encourage fans and even society that becoming open and working with your addiction can lead to a better life. She wants people to see that the road to recover is not as hard as it seems, you just need to try because their is nothing to lose. With her openness about her struggles is it hopeful that others can see her as a role model on how addiction can be treated.
Demi is a great example of how even though it may be a struggle to live with these co-occurring there are other ways to cope with what is going on. Another reason that Demi is great role model for teens is because she doesn't hide what has happened with her she embraces it and thinks of it as something she has over come. The message that Demi sends is she knows its hard to live with the everyday struggles of just being a teen, but she keeps the kids from confiding in drugs and also helps teens who already have to find the strength to stop.
I wish people would pay more attention to stories of celebrities' recoveries and overcoming addictions as opposed to the stories surrounding the times when they were addicted because social media and celebrities have such a huge impact on today's society so I feel like people should focus more on the positive outcomes/aspects.
who cares about cocaine and her
shes perfect omg
I think you did a really good thing and made a great decision in not taking in any drugs. I am very proud of you. And i will look up to you and never do drugs.
I like how she is opened to the public and got treatment right away.
I love Demi for what she has done, it's just soo courageous. I have always looked up to her and now I respect her even more!
I love Demi Lovato and I'm so happy she is so strong and has the courage to talk about what happened to her. She's honestly and amazing role model and I love her for not caring about the haters and just staying strong. Much love for her.
Amazing! Demi is a great artist as well as a strong person! Many people go through this and I hope everyone else can continue to go along their road to recovery.
Wow, she's amazing!
Demi is really brave for just admitting to drug use, but now she's also using that fact to help others! I think that's amazing and now I respect her a lot for that. If I was her I'd be really afraid just to tell others.
I love Demi Lovato! She is a strong person and confident person. Hopefully young people will see this and learn from what Demi Lovato did! GO DEMI!
Demi is a perfect example of a celebrity who did abuse drugs, yet found a way to overcome it, good job Demi :)
she is a really strong person!!
Wow that's really good and I'm really proud of her! :D
WOW!! Hopefully someday I'll be as courageous as her. She is so brave and I love her!!!!!
She cares a lot about her health and well being! I hope she never uses drugs again!
I think Demi Lovato is such an inspiring figure in the public media. I am grateful for her and her efforts to spread awareness on mental health and treatment for people in the world.
Demi Lovato's story is very inspirational. To see how far she's come after everything she went through is amazing. She's been my role model and always will be because of how much of a difference she's made for herself, and for other teens struggling through the same problems.
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I think Demi Lovato is such an inspiring figure in the public media. I am grateful for her and her efforts to spread awareness on mental health and treatment for people in the world.
Demi is brave because she confessed that she did drugs and did her best to quit doing drugs. I hope all the people who go through the same experience will act like her.
It is amazing how even famous and powerful people can suffer from drugs and other issues. I respect Demi Lovato for overcoming her issues and getting off drugs.
Demi's such a brave person! I hope that people who are struggling from addiction can hear her story and be inspired to go out and get help for themselves.
While it is sad that she began using drugs, it is great that she was able to recover.
Congratulation Demi for what she has done. Even she is an celebrity, I like she is opened to the public.
Because she went through a stage where she was bulimic and had an eating disorder, using drugs helped her, and i honestly do not have anything against it. She doesn't do it anymore so that is good.
Congratulation Demi for what she has done. Even she is an celebrity, I like she is opened to the public.
Demi doesn't let whatever happened in her past determine who she is today. Many people have drug issues as well, and she tries to help others deal with problems that were similar to hers. This can allow others to move on and to overcome their addictions, depression, or other problems.
Because she went through a stage where she was bulimic and had an eating disorder, using drugs helped her, and i honestly do not have anything against it. She doesn't do it anymore so that is good.
By Demi sharing her story, it enables her fans that look up to her and have any one of her problems see that they are not the only ones. By Demi turning her bad situation into a good one, she's able to influence many people and maybe even encourage them to get help for their problems.
It's really hard to give up a drug addiction especially for her because the world is watching her. She knew that she had to stop and start her life and career all over again
Demi is so inspiring! I thought it is really cool how you opened up and your trying to make a change by joining the National Alliance on Mental Illness!
Demi is so inspirational!! i thought it was cool how she opened about all of her problems.
I can't imagine what Demi had to go through: quitting drugs and then telling the world to encourage others. It must have taken a lot of hard work and internal struggles to quit. She is definitely a perfect role model, not just for others influenced by drugs, but for everyone who has difficulties in their life.

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