Grammy-nominated singer Demi Lovato recently revealed her decision to be “California Sober,” which entails imbibing “moderate” amounts of alcohol and marijuana. Given Lovato’s outsized influence on legions of mostly young fans – many of whom, like the rest of society, have or will develop troubling issues with drugs and alcohol – some members of the recovery community found this news concerning, to put it mildly. As a recovering alcoholic with nearly a decade of sobriety, I am one of them.
No one can diagnose Lovato from afar, and she alone can decide whether she is a full-fledged alcoholic or addict, which demands complete abstinence from drugs and alcohol, but her track record is highly discouraging. Despite being just 28 years old, by her own admission, Lovato has had three stokes, a heart attack and has nearly perished several times during relapses.
Several people close to Lovato, including her manager, Scooter Braun, and the long-sober Elton John, who she has