Demi Lovato’s Take on Supporting an Addicted Loved One

Demi Lovato has struggled with addiction for quite some time. It’s no big secret that the 27-year-old singer has battled with this disease and has plenty of experience to give on how to help others. Cocaine, Adderall, and marijuana were her drugs of choice, but Lovato has also struggled with body dysmorphia (a mental illness involving obsessive focus on a perceived flaw in appearance) and eating disorders.

Demi Lovato's Take on Supporting an Addicted Loved One

Demi Lovato’s Addiction and Supporting Loved Ones

Not so long ago Demi Lovato almost lost her life to an overdose and now she is opening up and sharing her story in hopes of helping others. Recently Ashley Graham (Pretty Big Deal with Ashley Graham) sat down with Lovato and spoke to her about how one can support loved ones that are struggling with addiction and mental illness.

Lovato opened up and suggested three ways to help support a loved one that is recovering from addiction. The first way is to gently point out extreme behaviors. When you are in recovery it is so important to have supportive people around you that you are comfortable enough with that can call you out if they notice you engaging in extreme behaviors. Lovato said in her latest article:

I think what I needed was someone to come in and say, ‘hey, I think you might want to take a look at how much you’re working out…maybe three times a day is excessive for working out. (Insider)

When an individual is deep into an addiction, often they don’t realize the extent of their behavior. Having someone they are close to and trust that can give them feedback is an important part of recovery.

Tips from Demi Lovato on Recovery from Addiction

The second way Lovato suggests to help a loved one is to be open to feedback and also to learn what triggers your loved one.

Being open to feedback is important,” said Lovato. But at the same time, people in recovery “have to be upfront and open about what your triggers are,” said Lovato. “If I don’t let someone know they’re doing something that’s triggering me, they’re going to keep doing it and it’s going to keep triggering me. (Insider)

To be successful in recovery, a person has to have an open mind and accept help from their support system. Also, knowing what triggers an addict is an important part of relapse prevention.

The third and final way that Lovato suggests is to spend more time together. When an individual is in full-blown addiction, they tend to isolate and withdraw from close friends and family. It is a lonely existence.

Addiction and mental illness go hand and hand, and they are two very dark places to be. It is so important to have friends and loved ones, that are sober, that you can spend time with and turn to when you need someone to talk to. Isolating yourself in recovery opens doors for the mind to wander, and a wandering mind is dangerous for an addict. Some relationships may need to be repaired, which takes time, and that is okay. Gaining trust back is not a quick process, but it’s an important part of the recovery process.

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