"Promoters gave me drugs and alcohol in restaurants or clubs. They wanted me to come back so I would be seen there,” she said. “Being a celebrity can be dangerous. Nobody says 'no.' That's why so many end up overdosing and dying. It could definitely have happened to me."
Like Cory, Demi also sought help through rehab — she checked in toward the end of 2010, while he went in both 2001 and 2013. Since completing treatment, Demi has been vocal about her emotional and physical struggles. Her own father faced similar issues and, upon his death from cancer last month, Demi launched the Lovato Treatment Scholarship to help people seek the support they need in the battle against addiction.
"All it takes is one moment of vulnerability to get slipped into your addiction," Demi explained. "It's not a choice. Nobody chooses to use. He didn't choose to die. It was the disease. It can creep up on you at any moment. It only takes one moment of relapse to potentially die. It's really scary, but I'm really hoping that from this, people are able to see this is a very, very, very dangerous disease."
The 20-year-old says that in order to stay sober, she can’t do what some people consider the norm for someone her age.
"[My friends] can turn 21 and have their turn-21st-birthday," she said. "I don't think that I – I just don't put myself in those situations where I'm going to be at those 21st birthdays. I don't go to clubs. I just know it's something I can't do without being triggered. And that's okay."
Instead, Dems does something way cooler like going to Africa for a charity event and staying committed to leaving her rocky past behind. Cory’s story might not have a happy ending, but Demi sounds dedicated to making sure that hers will.