Demi Lovato revealed on Instagram that they are no longer supporting "California Sober." In case you did not know, "California Sober" means drinking and smoking weed in moderation.
As Lovato explained, they lived this lifestyle after their near-fatal overdose in 2018. However, in their new documentary, Dancing with the Devil, they revealed they want to be completely sober.
On their latest album, Dancing with the Devil... the Art of Starting Over, the artist dedicated a song to the "California Sober" lifestyle.
It caused divided opinions between their friends and fans, as the lyrics stated:
"Used to live in fear of always slipping/But living for perfection isn't living."
"Trading judgment for freedom/Found somethin' new to believe in/Somethin' inside of me screaming/Don't be so hard on yourself."
In the documentary, Demi revealed they needed a balance, and after soul searching, they stated:
"I've learned that shutting a door on things makes me want to open the door even more. I've learned that it doesn't work for me to say, 'I'm never gonna do this again.'"
The musician tried to avoid black and white thinking, as they stated in the documentary:
"Telling myself I can never have a drink, or smoke marijuana is setting myself up for failure because I am such a black-and-white thinker.
"I had it drilled into my head for so many years that one drink was equivalent to a crack pipe."
However, as Demi posted on Instagram, something had changed that they no longer want to support the "California Sobber" lifestyle.
Demi's addiction battle started when they were a teenager. They were sober for six years until they nearly died in 2018 from an overdose. The incident left them with a brain injury and damaged eyesight.
They recently stated:
"Recovery isn't a one-size-fits-all solution. shouldn't be forced to get sober if you're not ready. You shouldn't get sober for other people. You have to do it for yourself."
They added it worked for them and that they were not promoting the lifestyle. We agree with their assessment that recovery is not the same for everyone.
We wish the artist all the luck in their efforts to stay "sober sober," as they put it.