‘I rarely think about substances’: Demi Lovato admits they are in ‘acceptance of their life’ as they open up about newfound sobriety
Demi Lovato has said they ‘rarely think about substances’ as the singer opened up their journey to sobriety.
In a recent interview, the star, 29, has said they are now ‘in such acceptance of my life the way that it is’.
Speaking on Audacy’s Mix 104.1 in Boston on Thursday, they continued: ‘I had people around me that wanted me to be sober. And I don’t think that I wanted it.’
‘Acceptance’: Demi Lovato has said that they ‘rarely think about substances’ as the singer opened up the journey to sobriety (pictured in June)
Demi – who last year announced they were going ‘sober sober’ rather than ‘California sober’ – admitted they tried making ‘bargaining choices’ on the road to recovery.
They told interviewers: ‘I tried just smoking weed, I tried doing this…And I just realised that none of it works for me. What’s come into my life is acceptance…
‘I’m in such acceptance of my life the way that it is that I really rarely think about substances, which is a beautiful thing and something that I never thought would happen to me.’
In December 2021, the star announced they will officially become ‘sober sober’ after their near-fatal drug overdose in 2018.
Sober: The musician, 29, admitted they tried making ‘bargaining choices’ on the road to recovery (pictured this month)
After previously taking a ‘California sober’ approach to recover from past drug and alcohol abuse, the singer revealed they will no longer drink alcohol or smoke marijuana in moderation.
‘I no longer support my “California sober” ways,’ Demi wrote on their Instagram Story. ‘Sober sober is the only way to be.’
In March 2021, Demi revealed they were just minutes away from death when their assistant found them on the night of the overdose back in 2018, telling CBS Sunday Morning that ‘if no one had found her, she wouldn’t be here’.
The traumatic overdose left them legally blind and with brain damage after suffering a heart attack and three strokes while in hospital.
‘California sober’: ‘I no longer support my “California sober” ways,’ Demi wrote last year. ‘Sober sober is the only way to be’
When asked by a producer of the 2021 YouTube documentary, Dancing With the Devil whether they were ‘entirely sober,’ Demi said they smoked weed and drank ‘in moderation’ after struggling to come to terms with the idea that they might never be able to ‘ get some relief’ from a substance again.
‘I’ve learned that shutting the door on things makes me want to open the door even more,’ they explained. ‘I’ve learned that it doesn’t work for me to say, “I’m never going to do this again.”
‘I’ve really struggled with this. I know I’m done with the stuff that’s going to kill me. But I wish that I could get some relief, maybe through weed or something.
‘And telling myself that I can never have a drink or smoke marijuana, I feel like that’s setting myself up for failure, because I am such a black and white thinker.
‘I had it drilled into my head for so many years that one drink was equivalent to a crack pipe. I’ve been hesitant to share until now that I’ve been smoking weed and drinking in moderation.’
Demi admitted they grappled with how and when to share this information with the world for a number of reasons – the first being that they didn’t want people to ‘criticise’ for the decision, after being held as the ‘poster child of sobriety’ .
‘I also don’t want people to hear that and think that they can just go out and try having a drink or smoking a joint because it isn’t for everybody,’ they continued.
‘Recovery isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. And you shouldn’t be forced to get sober if you’re not ready. You shouldn’t get sober for other people. You have to do it for yourself.’
Life-changing: During the fourth and final episode of her 2021 docuseries, Demi opened up about why they had decided to smoke weed and drink alcohol after their near-fatal overdose