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In the News: Demi Lovato Bans Drugs and Alcohol on Upcoming Tour

In the News: Demi Lovato Bans Drugs and Alcohol on Upcoming Tour

For her upcoming Neon Lights tour, Demi Lovato has made a bold move: she has banned anyone on her team from using alcohol or other drugs.

Lovato’s tour kicks off in Vancouver on February 9 and wraps up on May 17 in Monterrey, Mexico.

A former X Factor judge and recovering addict, Lovato seems to have been moved by the recent, untimely death of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead in his New York City apartment last week with a needle still in his arm, an apparent heroin overdose the cause.

The 21-year-old singer said it’s about putting on the best performance possible for her fans instead of a time for wild partying.

Lovato said on Extra, “Everyone on the team is required to stay clean and focused. It’s not about trying to party. It’s about putting on the best show and everyone needs to be in tip top shape. That’s how it should be for every tour.”

She went on to speak about the tragic loss the acting and recovery community has recently experienced with the death of Mr. Hoffman, who until about a year ago, had 23 years of sobriety. This last year had been difficult for the talented actor; he had relapsed and recently gone to treatment.

On addiction, the starlet Lovato said, “People don’t take it as seriously as it is. It’s a mental illness and it’s a disease. There’s no pill that’s gonna change it.” She added, “People need to have compassion for it. Rather than, being a former addict, looking at it as I had a choice, because at some point in my disease I didn’t.” Of her own experience with addiction, Lovato said, “I physically and emotionally couldn’t live without it. That was my medicine to my pain.”

Demi Lovato also took to Twitter, posting a call to action to stop promoting and glamorizing drug use in music and movies saying that “drugs are not something to glamorize in pop music or film to portray as harmless recreational fun. It’s not cute, ‘cool’ or admirable.”

Of drug use and addiction, Lovato said “This stuff is not something to mess with. Why risk it? Addiction is a disease.”

“I wish more people would lose the stigma and treat addiction as the deadly and serious DISEASE that it is,” she wrote.

Demi Lovato’s compassion for other addicts, like Mr. Hoffman, and her conviction to change the current public attitude on addiction is clear. In closing, the young, brave singer wrote:

“Please spread the word so we can take the taboo out of discussing this illness and raising awareness to people of all ages. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. An INCREDIBLE artist who lost his life to this horrible disease. May you rest peacefully and in complete serenity now that your pain is gone. God Bless.”

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The 10 Most Active Celebrities in Recovery

The 10 Most Active Celebrities in Recovery

Addiction doesn’t discriminate; it affects people of all different backgrounds, classes, genders, religions, and ethnicities. And, it’s pretty well-known that celebrities struggle with addiction just like us non-famous people. Unfortunately for celebs, often times, their struggles are highly publicized. However, those that recover often use their celebrity and resources in order to give back. Here are the 10 most active celebrities in recovery.

Eric Clapton

Clapton is most notably famous for his long-standing music career – he is a renowned guitarist, one of the best, a singer and songwriter. Clapton is the founder of Cross Roads Center Antigua where he helps those with drug and alcohol addiction problems to recover. Through his center, he has been offering scholarships to people from the Caribbean and the world at large to fight addiction.

Ted Danson

Danson is perhaps first best known for his role as Sam on the hit show Cheers and has been enjoying a renewal of celebrity with his roles on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and HBO’s original series Bored to Death. Danson is among the founders of Angels at Risk charity organization, which deals with drug and alcohol abuse among the youth. The charity also spearheads parent-teen communication campaigns.

Kristen Johnston

Johnston starred in the hit TV series Third Rock From The Sun and now in the show The Exes. The actress had been abusing alcohol and prescription pain meds for years, but when surgery caused more extreme abuse, Johnston sought out treatment and has been sober ever since. She now publicly supports recovery efforts and speaks out about addiction.  I started a fight five years ago to get a sober high school in New York. I’m the founder and executive director of She states, “Right now one in three teenagers meets the medical criteria for addiction, which is scary.”

Anthony Hopkins

It was on Monday 29th December 1975 that Anthony Hopkins took his final alcoholic drink, you could say his New Year resolution came early or you could be surprised to learn it was 2 days prior to his 38th birthday on 31st December, also New Year’s eve, after which it would have been a more logical time to quit, but he didn’t pick the time, it chose him.

Sir Anthony Hopkins, who has been sober now for 36 years, said later of his moment of realization on that sunny day in Hollywood, where he lived then :

“For me, giving it (alcohol) up was finding the airlock, the escape hatch. It all happened one Monday morning in 1975

Anthony Hopkins, former alcoholic made that call to AA, after his last drink on the morning of 29th December 1975.  He has been a lifetime member since that day when he declared war on his demons.

The Silence of the Lambs star went on to join Alcoholics Anonymous.

Hopkins, now 72, went on to become a volunteer at the Midnight Mission. Each Christmas he hands out presents to the homeless and has even taken time out to teach free acting classes.


First famous for his insane shenanigans on Jackass, Steve O’s drunken antics only got worse, and more embarrassing. After publicly making an ass out of himself time and time again, Steve O joined AA and got sober. Today, he has been known to attend AA meetings in both the South Florida area and LA.

Demi Lovato

Recently, Demi has been seen going to a sober recovery house to speak and share her experience, strength, and hope with other women in recovery. It’s obvious that Lovato is all about giving back.

Martin Sheen

The famous actor says that being of service to others is what keeps him sober. The recovering alcoholic and Emmy award-winning West Wing star, 72, has said “Acting is what I do for a living. Activism is what I do to stay alive.” Sheen credits AA for his sobriety—and even headlined a live benefit reading of the play Bill W. and Dr. Bob, depicting the co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous.


Eminem said in an interview with Rolling Stone“I knew I had to change my life. But addiction is a f*cking tricky thing. I think I relapsed within … three weeks? And within a month it had ramped right back to where it was before. That’s what really freaked me out. That’s when I knew: either get help, or I am going to die. As a father, I want to be here for things. I don’t want to miss anything else.”

About Elton John:

“I speak to Elton [John]. He’s like my sponsor. He usually calls me once a week to check on me, just to make sure I’m on the up-and-up. He was actually one of the first people I called when I wanted to get clean.”

Elton John

“I wasted such a big part of my life… I was a drug addict and self-absorbed. You know, I was having people die right, left, and center around me, friends. And yet, I didn’t stop the life that I had, which is the terrible thing about addiction. It’s that — you know, it’s that bad of a disease,” Elton has said.

Some good has come out of that guilt. In 1992 he founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation and has since raised more than $275 million for the cause.

Kelly Osbourne

After 3 years of sobriety, Osbourne relapsed but quickly got back on the right path. She checked herself into rehab and now has almost a year of clean time. Osbourne is very open about her experiences with addiction as well as her father’s, the famous rocker Ozzy Osbourne.



In the News: Selena Gomez Accompanies Demi Lovato to Rehab

Demi Lovato, who lived in a sober house for more than a year, showed up to speak to a recovery group and her good friend, Selena Gomez came along in support. Apparently, this is not something she does often but, Demi spoke to the group for an hour and shared her personal survival story, something those of us in the program refer to as “experience, strength, and hope.” Currently a judge on “The X Factor,” Lovato has publicly acknowledged struggling with anorexia, bulimia and self-harm such as cutting.  Demi went on to say she wanted to surround herself with positive influences, which is why she chose to live in the sober house for an extended period and why she values Selena as a friend.

12 Step Recovery: Giving Back

According to the 12 Steps, it is important for those in recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction to give back. Often put, “to give back what was so freely given to us,” this refers to the aspects of fellowship and especially sponsorship within the program – completing the Steps and then taking others through the steps. In fact, the 12th and last Step is to “carry this message [of recovery] to alcoholics [and addicts], and to practice these principles in all of our affairs.”


It’s not enough to complete the steps with a sponsor; recovery doesn’t end there. It is widely believed that real recovery actually starts with giving back.  It is often said that we are really both teacher and student at the same time. This means that even though those being sponsored feel as if they are receiving help, they are also helping their sponsors to stay clean and sober – the act of sponsoring and giving back in other ways, such as speaking at meetings and taking commitments such as H&I, is what bolsters our program of recovery and helps us to be successful at sobriety.

Speaking Commitments

Speaking at a meeting or at a treatment center is the best natural high, in my opinion. I know for some it can be a little nerve-wracking, especially if you’re more of the nervous type. Personally, I love it. I often begin by saying that of course I love to come and speak, I mean, I get to talk about myself for the better part of an hour to a captive audience. Now, I know that’s a more humorous approach and it’s partially true. But I also love speaking because it really makes me feel so damn good to be in service to others like me who are trying to get better. I want to show them that recovery is possible and that sobriety is actually pretty awesome.

Being In Service

There are other ways to be of service to fellow recovering alcoholics and addicts such as taking on commitments like H&I, where you chair a weekly meeting usually for 6 months, sometimes over the course of a year. H&I stands for Hospitals and Institutions and refers to hospitals, treatment centers, jails, and prisons – basically places that treat or house addicts and alcoholics and allow meetings to be brought in because the patients or prisoners, whatever the case, cannot leave to attend a meeting. I have good friends in the program who have said that they’re recovery really took off when they picked up an H&I commitment and they absolutely loved being in service in this way. So, get involved. If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.      




Celebrities Who Self-harm

Celebrities who self harm

We don’t always hear about celebrities’ struggles but they do and it is the exact same things that we all struggle with. Self-harm is an issue that doesn’t usually get a lot of press in comparison to driving drunk or sex tapes but there are many celebrities who self-harm. Cutting and self-harm usually covers up an underlying emotional or psychological problem. Many people who self-harm suffer from anxiety, depression, or a previous trauma. Often, the self-harm is used to cope with negative feelings and emotions.

Here are some of the celebrities who self-harm:

Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple was a famous singer and songwriter and is probably one of the most famous celebrity self-harmers. When Fiona read her first bad review she began scratching her wrist with her fingernails. She scratched all the way up her arm and there are still some dark patches on her wrists, where she dug the deepest. Fiona says, “I have a little bit of a problem with that. It’s a common thing.” Fiona Apple was a famous singer in the 90s and has dropped out of the spotlight since that time.

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore is one of the most iconic actresses of our generation and she got her start into acting and self-harm after her role in E.T. She first got drunk at age nine, smoked marijuana at age ten, and snorted cocaine at age twelve. She tried to commit suicide at age thirteen by slashing her wrists with a butcher knife. After that all-time low she entered rehab, not for the first time, but that stay was successful.

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp has a series of scars on one arm where he has cut himself with a knife on different occasions. He says, “It was really just whatever [times when he hurt himself]–good times, bad times, it didn’t matter. There was no ceremony. It wasn’t like ‘Okay, this just happened, I have to go hack a piece of my flesh off.'” Johnny explains his self-harm, “My body is a journal in a way. It’s like what sailors used to do, where every tattoo meant something, a specific time in your life when you make a mark on yourself, whether you do it yourself with a knife or with a professional tattoo artist.”

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie self-harmed when she was younger. She explains, “You’re young, you’re crazy, you’re in bed and you’ve got knives. So shit happens.” She no longer self-harms.

Princess Diana of Wales

Princess Diana died in August of 1997 but had quite the life before that and it involved self-harm. In a 1995 BBC television interview Diana revealed to the world that she was a self-harmer. She said that she had cut her arms and legs, explaining, “You have so much pain inside yourself that you try and hurt yourself on the outside because you want help.” “Diana: Her True Story,” a biography written on the princess said that Diana had thrown herself into a glass cabinet at Kensington palace at various times, slashed her wrists with a razor, and cut herself with the serrated edge of a lemon slicer.

Some other celebrities who self-harm include:

Megan Fox, Marilyn Manson, Demi Lovato, Lindsay Lohan, Amy Winehouse, Russell Brand and quite recently there has been pictures of Miley Cyrus with cuts. The list of celebrities who self-harm or self-harmed in their youth and past could go on and on.

Miley Cyrus and Self-Harm

Speculation that Miley Cyrus is a self-harmer has followed the starlet for quite some time, as she’s been spotted out on numerous occasions in the past sporting what look to be a series of scars above her left wrist and up the arm.

Self-harm is something that affects people everywhere and there is help available for it.

If you or someone you love is cutting or engaging in self-harm, please give us a call at 800-951-6135.

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