Con­stant strug­gle

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Living - By PETER SBLENDORIO

DEMI Lo­vato didn’t ini­tially prac­tice what she preached af­ter she fin­ished treat­ment for sub­stance abuse and be­gan pro­mot­ing her so­bri­ety.

The pop star – who has fre­quently chron­i­cled her past is­sues with drugs and al­co­hol – was 18 when she first went to get help in 2010. But that first round of treat­ment ul­ti­mately did not lead to Lo­vato over­com­ing her vices.

“I wasn’t work­ing my pro­gramme, I wasn’t ready to get sober,” Lo­vato reveals in her new YouTube doc­u­men­tary, Demi Lo­vato: Sim­ply Com­pli­cated.

Those close to Lo­vato quickly re­alised that the Stone Cold singer was still strug­gling with the same is­sues that caused her to seek treat­ment.

“There was one night when I used a bunch of coke and I popped a few Xanax bars, and I be­gan to choke a lit­tle bit,” Lo­vato said. “My heart started rac­ing, and I thought to my­self, ‘Oh my God, I might be over­dos­ing right now.”

But Lo­vato hid her prob­lems from the pub­lic and put on a false front that she had con­quered her sub­stance is­sues.

“We were in New York and she clearly was on some­thing, and she was on air pro­mot­ing this new way of life, and I was like, ‘You’re so full of it’,” her man­ager Phil McIn­tyre says on the doc­u­men­tary.

Lo­vato went as far as to fake her drug tests by sub­mit­ting other peo­ple’s urine, she re­vealed. At one point, she was put in a psy­chi­atric unit, but even then she didn’t hit her break­ing point.

She re­called the fi­nal time she drank, she threw up the next morn­ing on the way to the air­port be­fore per­form­ing on Amer­i­can Idol while hun­gover.

The singer ul­ti­mately made the move to get sober once and for all af­ter her en­tire team laid down an ul­ti­ma­tum: If she didn’t get clean, they were all leav­ing her.

Lo­vato, 25, was also di­ag­nosed as bipo­lar dur­ing that very first ex­pe­ri­ence get­ting treat­ment, which she be­lieves ex­plains some of her past be­hav­iour, such as stay­ing up all night writ­ing mu­sic as a kid.

She cel­e­brated her five­year an­niver­sary of be­ing sober this past spring. She re­cently ex­plained on The Jonathan Ross Show that she re­alised she had hit “rock bot­tom” when her fam­ily told her they were leav­ing her.

“It’s em­bar­rass­ing to look back on the per­son that I was,” Lo­vato says in the new doc­u­men­tary. – New York Daily News/Tri­bune News Ser­vice

Lo­vato comes clean about her sub­stance abuse in the new doc­u­men­tary, Demi Lo­vato: Sim­ply Com­pli­cated .—AP

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