Demi Lovato’s most powerful mental health and addiction advocacy moments through the years



Demi Lovato reveals she is not more ‘down to earth’

Demi Lovato reveals she’s no more ‘sober’ after 6 years of sobriety in the new single, “Sober.”

Demi Lovato has never shied away from sharing her personal struggles with mental health and addiction.

The 25-year-old pop star has told stories of her battles with mental health, drugs and alcohol during the concerts, award shows and social media — even the filming of a YouTube documentary about her road to sobriety.

Lovato says that her relationship with drugs began in her teens when her popularity began to rise as a Disney star.

“I felt out of control, the first time I did it. My father was an addict and an alcoholic. Think that I always was looking for what he found in drugs and alcohol, because it to him and he chose that of a family,” Lovato revealed in “Simply Complicated”, which was released in October 2017.


In 2011, at the age of 18, Lovato was referred to a treatment program for the first time in West Hollywood, where she was treated for depression, bulimia and drug and alcohol abuse.

“I just came to a breaking point; the next 12 months were very difficult,” the star described in her documentary.

On July 24, Lovato was reportedly in the hospital for an apparent heroin overdose. She was revived in her house with the opioid treatment drug Narcan, according to several reports.

A month prior, Lovato, who has struggled with substance abuse in the past, according to a new emotional single, that she had relapsed months after celebrating six years of sobriety.

Here is a look at some of Lovato’s most powerful mental health and addiction advocacy moments, if the singer remains a part of her struggle with the world.


She reveals she relapsed in her new song “Sober”

In her new song ‘Sober’, was released in late June, Lovato sings, she is not sober anymore and apologizes for the “those who never left” her side and the fans after her journey.

“Mama, I’m so sorry, I’m not sober more/And Dad, please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor,” Lovato sings in the choir. “To those who never left me/We’re off/I’m so sorry, I’m not sober any more.”

In the song, Lovato promises to get help and says it is not her intention to relapse.

She gives an emotional speech, marking 6 years of sobriety

Lovato went on stage for her “Tell Me you Love Me” tour and gave a heartfelt speech in honor of her 6-year anniversary of sobriety on March 15, Billboard reported.

“Six years ago, I was drinking vodka out of a Sprite bottle at 9 in the morning, vomiting in the car,” she said to the audience. “And I thought, ‘This is not fun anymore. This is not fun any more. And I’m just like my father.” So I took a look at my life and I said: ‘Something needs to change, I have to sober’ — that’s what I did.”

Fans sang “Happy Birthday” to Lovato to celebrate the occasion.


She is the mental health ambassador for Global Citizen

It is an honor to be the new Mental Health Ambassador for @glblctzn ?? Excited for the pilot program that we have planned with @SavetheChildren in Iraq! SWIPE TO THE LEFT ❤️

A post shared by Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) on Sep 24, 2017 at 8:04am PDT

Lovato has announced her new role as a mental health ambassador Global Citizen’, a movement with a goal of ending poverty by 2030. The singer said that she would be especially focused on displaced children in Iraq by providing them the resources to help them cope.

“My hope is that this program is a little comfort for those who need it the most,” Lovato wrote in a statement online. “This is not about politics, race or religion. It’s about simple humanity and protect each other.”


She is co-owner of California in the CAST of Centers

In September 2016, Lovato revealed she was co-owner of CAST Centers, the same addiction treatment facility she was treated back in 2011.

So excited to share that Ember just launched a limited edition Black Chrome Halo Cover for their Travel Mug and it supports the CAST Foundation ❤️ @Ember_Tech has all the details!! @CASTcenters

Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) March 20, 2018

“It sounds ridiculous, but, as I’m a kind of a pact with God,” Lovato says in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning. “And I don’t even know that you are supposed to do that, but I was, as I promised, ‘If you give me a singer one day, I’m going to my voice for so much more than singing, and I plan to help people with it.'”

Lovato credited the centre of the treatment with saving her life.

“Now I am sitting here now alive and more successful than I’ve ever been to,” she wrote in 2016.

She gives an emotional speech at the Democratic National Convention

Lovato, a Hillary Clinton supporter, took the stage on the opening night 2016 during the Democratic National Convention to discuss mental illness and the vital role that politicians play in assisting people who are suffering in the whole country.

“Just like millions of other Americans, I am living with a mental illness. But I’m happy. I had the resources and support to the treatment at a top facility,” Lovato said. “Unfortunately, too many Americans from all walks of life do not help, either because they are afraid of the stigma or because they cannot afford the treatment.”

The star urged the Congress to work together to “provide better access to health care and support for everyone,” while endorsing Clinton for president.


She reveals that she ‘lives with a bipolar disorder” in a PSA

Lovato admitted she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in an August 2014 PSA for the Jed Foundation’s Mental Health Listening And Engagement Tour.

“I have a number of dark times, especially with the depressive phase of the illness,” Lovato said in the video, adding that she hopes her story will inspire others suffering with similar problems of mental health. “Bipolar depression really got my life off track. But today I’m proud to say I am living proof that someone can live, love and be well with bipolar disorder when they get the education, support and treatment they need.”

She speaks at the National Alliance on Mental Illness conference

Lovato urged Congress to pass reforms in mental health during a passionate speech at the National Alliance on Mental Illness conference in Washington, D. C.

“Those of us who are here today know that mental illness has no prejudice. It affects people of every race, age, gender, religion and economic status. It makes no distinction between Republicans or Democrats,” said Lovato, 22, according to The Hill.

Lovato spoke alongside former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R. I., and Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Va.

“Today our message is very clear: it is time for Congress to act for mental health by supporting the passage of a comprehensive mental health bill this year,” she added.


She makes ‘The Lovato Treatment Scholarship in her father’s honor

Lovato along with Cast Recovery in July 2013 to create “The Lovato Treatment Scholarship,” which provides scholarships for people with mental health problems to seek treatment.

“The treatment is very expensive. And whether it’s rehab or in patient, out-patient—whatever it is—I want to be there providing that service because I didn’t get the chance to do it with my dad and I want to make it up to him now that he is looking at me,” the singer told E-News.

Fox News’ Mariah Haas contributed to this report.

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