Demi Lovato Reveals She Almost Relapsed After Being Called "Morbidly Obese" By Media

Demi Lovato almost relapsed right after leaving the rehabilitation facility after she saw an article that called her "morbidly obese".

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Demi Lovato Relapse: Singer and songwriter Demi Lovato revealed that she almost relapsed right after her near-fatal overdose after being called “morbidly obese” by the media.

Demi Lovato was hospitalised three months after her relapse in July 2018. The relapse took place after six years of sobriety when she used hard drugs for weeks before the overdose. She revealed in an interview that she believed an untreated eating disorder led to her relapse. Lovato was “tired of running into the ground with workouts and extreme dieting”.

Demi Lovato almost relapsed after she read the comments about her body after she left the rehabilitation facility. She told Paper magazine that “I saw an article somewhere that said I was morbidly obese. That’s the most triggering thing that you could possibly write about somebody with an eating disorder.”

Lovato went on to explain that she decided to stop looking at negative media coverage in order to protect herself and her sobriety. In an interview with Tracy Smith, she stated that “I think the term that I best identify with is ‘California sober’”. California sober is defined as a type of sobriety where a person abstains from all drugs, except for marijuana and alcohol.

According to Dr Collin Reiff, an NYU Langone Health addiction psychiatrist the concept of “moderation” bears merit. It can help open the door for recovery for addicts that believe self-controlled drug or alcohol use is achievable for them. But the method does not work if someone has a history of relapsing.

Lovato earlier opened up about being sexually assaulted when she was a teenager. Taking about the past incident, she said, "I didn’t just overdose. I was taken advantage of. When they found me, I was naked, blue. I was literally left for dead after he took advantage of me."

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