Demi Lovato Addresses a 'Common Misconception' About Her Past History of Substance Abuse - E! Online

Demi Lovato Addresses a 'Common Misconception' About Her Past History of Substance Abuse

3/9/2021 5:33:00 AM

Demi Lovato Addresses a 'Common Misconception' About Her Past History of Substance Abuse

Demi Lovato opened up to Diane Guerrero about why she turned to drugs when she was struggling with her mental health on an upcoming episode of the podcast Yeah No, I'm Not Okay.

The first misconception she touches on in an upcoming episode ofDiane GuerreroYeah No, I'm Not Okayis the idea that "if people are using drugs or if they are dealing with an eating disorder or self-harm that they want to die."Demi explains she believes that her addictions "stopped me from dying," before adding, "In the same way

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it almost killed me, it saved my life at times, because there were times that I dealt with suicidal ideations. And had I gone forward with that in that moment, instead of another destructive coping mechanism, I wouldn't be here to tell my story."

Now, after seeking treatment, the 28-year-old star says she's come to believe "I turned to those coping mechanisms because I genuinely was in so much pain that I didn't want to die and I didn't know what else to do."Demi Lovato's Quotes on Sobriety and Mental Health headtopics.com

She adds, "I did the best that I could at times and now that I have other tools and other resources, I know how else to deal and how else to cope so I don't have to resort to those behaviors again."Christopher Polk/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

And as Demi has said before, she's open about her past experiences for a multitude of reasons, but her primary motivation is to let others know "we all struggle."Demi says that when she was a teen she didn't understand how common mental health issues were until she was older and a celebrity. She recalls, "I would look at people in the media and I would just compare myself, not feel good enough, not feel thin enough, and wonder how it was that these people were living lives that seemed so perfect but yet I was in so much pain. And when I got into the spotlight, I was like, 'Oh, it's not perfect here, nobody has a perfect life, it just looks that way.'"

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