Demi Lovato no longer indulges in drugs or alcoholic beverages, and she’s perfectly happy with the arrangement.
Fans of the former Sonny with a Chance star are well-versed in Lovato’s struggle with addiction. Not only did she release a book about her personal struggles, she also spent some of her hard-earned money making sure others receive the help they need.
The singer recently launched The Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program, which helps people with emotional and mental health issues receive support for professional treatment. Since so many folks are struggling to keep their heads above water these days, Demi is doing her part to assist those who can’t afford to get medical attention.
Lovato previously told WebMD that she put together the program following the death of her father. She explained, “My dad and I did not have the best relationship, but it was still so painful. He suffered from mental health issues — after he passed away, I realized he was never able to get the help he needed.”
Demi definitely someone who practices what she preaches. Instead of falling back on old habits, the performer has dedicated her life to staying clean and sober. While other girls her age may be more interested in getting drunk than anything else, Lovato is focused on making sure she stays as healthy as possible, both mentally and physically.
“Twenty-one is incredible, but I don’t drink and I can’t, and I’m totally OK with that. And I think the best possible way to spend my 21st birthday was making a difference in other people’s lives rather than poisoning my own,” Demi Lovato explained during an interview with The Province.
Instead of hitting the clubs and downing copious amount of alcohol on her 21st birthday, the “Neon Lights” singer spent some time helping charities in Kenya. Lovato felt giving back was a much better way to celebrate this milestone in her life.
“I noticed that there’s this perception on turning 21, that you have to go out and get drunk. It’s different for me because I’m in recovery. I also want to set an example for others. You don’t have to booze it up, you can do something else,” she told Latina magazine earlier this year.
Demi Lovato recently wrapped up two very successful legs of her Neon Lights Tour. The singer is now ready to begin work on her next album, which might feature a collaboration with acclaimed songwriter Ed Sheeran.
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