We all know her as the sweet and supportive, yet shrewd celebrity judge who sits beside Britney Spears and Simon Cowell at the judge's panel on the hit singing show, X Factor.
Before that she was a huge tween star on the Disney Channel, among the likes of Selena Gomez, Miley Cirrus, Ashley Tisdale, Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron.
She is a singing sensation with hug number hits, like Skyscraper, and has sold out massive arenas……..she even dated a Jonas brother!
Perhaps what you did not know is that the 20 year old star is one of us!
Yes, Demi is a self-admitted recovering drug addict and alcoholic. And, if that were not difficult enough, she is struggles with bulimia and is bi-polar.
Before I continue, I am sure that some readers out there are thinking that this article is salacious and exploitive. In advance, I respectfully disagree. Demi Lovato is a public figure who has admitted all these details and I am merely making an effort to write a positive story at how a notable person, with stress and chaotic lives just like us can reemerge from the hopelessness of addiction, not to mention a mental health diagnosis and move ahead goals, success and an even better life than she had before.
With that said, Demi is clean and sober and making strides to remain that way.
In fact, just as stated in the title and despite the fact that Demi has her own Los Angeles home, she has chosen to live in a sober living facility while she works as a celebrity judge on X Factor.
Those close to the singing sensation and starlet/actress say that she is well aware of the temptations of the celebrity world and is doing her best to stay focused on positivity, work, and remaining clean and sober.
Demi knows of the pitfalls of addiction and alcoholism because she has experienced such herself. Back in 2011 she checked herself into rehab for exhaustion, substance abuse, self-mutilation (cutting) and depression. While there, and as mentioned above, she was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder.
Since leaving rehab in Illinois she has remained clean and sober, and by the looks of things, i.e. moving into sober living, she plans to remain that way.
Like most addicts and alcoholics, she gets particularly lonely and finds it difficult to ask for help. Apparently, "being in a sober living facility with a support base makes life more manageable" as she lives life on life's terms.
You go Demi! We are rooting for you!
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Original Article: huffingtonpost.com