Many celebrities in the world of movies and music have struggled with drug addiction in the past and have gone to rehab centers for treatment. When these individuals are open about their experiences in addiction treatment centers, they may inspire others who have a dependence on drugs and alcohol to confront their problems and get help. Recently, actress and singer Demi Lovato spoke to the press about her struggles with cocaine addiction and the time she spent in rehab back in 2010.
The Huffington Post reported that Lovato spoke to Access Hollywood about her past problems with drugs and what led her to realize that she needed to seek help.
I couldn’t go 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine, and I would bring it on airplanes,” Lovato told Access Hollywood. “I would smuggle it basically and just wait until everyone in first class would go to sleep, and I would do it right there. I’d sneak to the bathroom, and I’d do it. That’s how difficult it got and that was even with somebody [with me]. I had a sober companion, somebody who was watching me 24/7 and living with me [and] I was able to hide it from them as well.”
She also explained the moment when she realized that it was time to focus on her recovery and confront her dependence on drugs and alcohol once and for all.
“It was just nine in the morning and I was throwing up in the car and this was just to get on a plane to go back to L.A. to the sober living house that I was staying at … 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,” Lovato added.
While all of this was occurring, Lovato was only 19 years old. While she has opening discussed her past struggles with eating disorders, this is the first time that she has spoken so freely about her issues with drugs and alcohol. However, back in 2012, Lovato did mention to Fabulous magazine that she had been regularly offered drugs by restaurant and club promoters who wanted her to stay and have a good time so their businesses would be known for hosting celebrities.
According to USA Today, Lovato began exhibiting signs of an eating disorder when she was very young – about 8 or 9 years old. It is not uncommon for people who experience issues with food to also have problems with drugs and alcohol. The National Eating Disorders Association explained that nearly 50 percent of individuals with an eating disorder also use drugs and alcohol, a figure that is nearly five times higher than that of the general population. Furthermore, the NEDA added that both substance abuse and eating disorders have genetic, biological, environmental and psychological factors that influence their development
When celebrities speak out about their drug addictions it serves as a reminder to the public that anyone can become addicted to substances, and that it is not limited to under-served populations. Psychology Today published an article explaining that contrary to what people may think, research has shown that intelligent children are more likely to grow up and use psychoactive drugs than those who may not be as intelligent. Everyone starts doing drugs for different reasons, but anyone who seeks treatment from an addiction treatment center is doing so because he or she wants to have a better life than one that is consumed by drugs and alcohol.