Demi Lovato, in her heart wrenching new song ‘Sober’, announced
to the world that she relapsed after six years of sobriety.
Lovato, a star since childhood, has embraced her position as a public figure
by speaking openly about her struggles, including addiction and mental
illness. In March of this year, she celebrated her anniversary of sobriety
with a tearful speech on stage saying that,
“Six years ago, I was drinking vodka out of a Sprite bottle at 9:00
in the morning, throwing up in the car,” she said. “And I
just remember thinking, ‘This is no longer cute. This is no longer
fun’… So I took a look at my life and I said, ‘Something
has to change, I’ve got to get sober.’ So I did.”
On June 21, she released her new song on YouTube. In ‘Sober’,
Lovato expresses her ongoing struggles with her addiction, and begs for
forgiveness from her family, loved ones, and fans for relapsing. She performed
her new song live days after its release at the Rock in Rio Lisboa festival.
She held her composure for the first couple of minutes, but couldn’t
hold back tears when she reached the verse directly addressing her fans.
“And I'm sorry for the fans I lost who watched me fall again,”
she sang. “I wanna be a role model, but I'm only human.”
Lovato posted this part of her performance on her Instagram page and on
her Twitter account.
Lovato hinted at her new song on Twitter back on May 29, when she sent out a
flurry of tweets.
“I’m just gonna let my lyrics say it all… new music
coming very soon,”
she wrote. “There’s nothing like the truth. The honest to God, uncomfortable
and shocking truth. Sometimes you hate to share your story in the most
honest way possible…for me that’s through music.”
Unlike most diseases, recovering from addiction is not a one-time action
– it’s a process that lasts a lifetime. Remaining sober is
a struggle, and even people who were “clean” for years, like
Lovato was, can fall back into the clutches of their addictions. Lovato
has acknowledged this process in previous posts celebrating her sobriety,
“It's been quite the journey,” she
wrote in an Instagram post celebrating her five years of sobriety. “So many ups and downs.
So many times I wanted to relapse but sat on my hands and begged God to
relieve the obsession. 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.”
At Turning Point, we understand that recovery is a process, and we strive
to provide our patients with the tools they need to fight back against
their addictions and reclaim control of their lives. If you’re looking
for help, call us at (973) 380-0905 today, or
send us your information through our online form.