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 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, saying that,
“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.