Celebrities Overcoming Addiction: Eminem and Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato

Just like human beings, celebrities are not perfect either and they have faced the dark side of addiction as well. Eminem and Demi Lovato are examples of people who have spread their awareness of their struggles with drugs and how they have been able to overcome it.

Eminem is a rapper, music producer, and actor. Eminem had his personal struggles with prescription drugs such as Valium, Vicodin, and Ambien. In 2002 when he was working on the film “8 Mile”, Eminem would be working sixteen hours a day which made him an insomniac. An associate recommended that he take Ambien.

Over the years he would take 40-60 Valium a day and 30 Vicodin to feel normal. The drugs would cause him to sleep for only two hours, continuing to take more. In December 2007, Eminem was hospitalized after overdosing on methadone, making him miss Christmas morning with his children.

Because the drugs would cause him to feel hungry, Eminem also became addicted to fast food which would cause him to become 230 pounds. This brought upon another addiction where he felt a high from running and also helped him sleep. He would run on the treadmill seventeen miles a day at eight and a half miles an hour to burn 2,000 calories a day. After many relapses, Eminem now only watches exercise DVDs and became clean after going to a rehab counselor and making Elton John his sponsor, calling him once a week.

Demi Lovato is an actress, singer, and songwriter. Lovato had her struggles with addiction and mental illness since she was little. Her mother was bulimic so Lovato always wanted to be skinny. At 12, she was gaining weight because of binge eating and was being bullied by the girls she would competing against in beauty pageants, leading her to purging and self-harm.

As Lovato got older, she was struggling with addiction to alcohol, cocaine, and OxyContin as a way of self-medicating from family stress. After doing a tour with the Jonas Brothers, she punched a backup dancer in the face and realized that she needed to get help. She completed inpatient treatment at Timberline Knolls where she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and bulimia. Then a couple of years later, she stayed at a sober-living facility in Los Angeles for more than a year to get clean. She has been sober for the past five years.

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