Drug addiction has always been a hot topic that Demi Lovato’s remained vocal about, especially since it’s something she suffered from and seeked treatment for herself. And now that legendary actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a drug overdose over the weekend, Demi says it’s time stand up for those who suffer from addiction so they can get help.
Sunday Demi took to Twitter to talk about how important it is to de-stigmatize addiction — and, at the same time, stop glamorizing it so it won’t look appealing or cool to someone who may be young and inexperienced.
“I wish more people would lose the stigma and treat addiction as the deadly and serious DISEASE that it is,” Demi wrote. “Drugs are not something to glamorize in pop music or film to portray as harmless recreational fun.”
And the first step? To change our attitude about drugs and alcohol in the music we listen to.
“It’s time people start really taking action on changing what we’re actually singing/rapping about these days because you never know if you could be glamorizing a certain drug to a first time user or alcoholic who could possibly end up dead because they end up suffering from the same deadly disease so many have already died from,” Demi added.
Drug addiction is now a conversation again after Philip was found dead in his New York City apartment after overdosing on heroin — despite the fact that less than a year ago, he seeked treatment at a 10-day drug detox program.
“RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman… an INCREDIBLE artist who lost his life to this horrible disease,” Demi said. “May you rest peacefully and in complete serenity now that your pain is gone.”