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Demi Lovato's addictions, two medical experts offer insight

By April Neale Dec 11, 2013, 22:11 GMT

Demi Lovato's addictions, two medical experts offer insight

Demi Lovato attending the NYLON December/January 2014 Cover Launch Party Sponsored by McDonald\'s. Photo copyright by Emiley Schweich / PR Photos.

Yesterday, X-Factor judge, Disney child star and pop princess, Demi Lovato admitted that she was so addicted to cocaine that she would smuggle it on planes and do it while her seat mates were dozing. 

She also came clean about hiding her constant drug use from her paid sober coach:

“I would smuggle it basically and just wait until everyone in first class would go to sleep and I would do it right there. I'd sneak to the bathroom and I'd do it. That’s how difficult it got and that was even with somebody [with me], I had a sober companion, somebody who was watching me 24/7 and living with me [and] I was able to hide it from them as well.”

While upsetting to most of her fans, this is not unusual behavior according to addiction specialist and president of Inspire Treatment Center, http://www.inspiremalibu.com/ 

Dr. A.R. Mohammad, considered one of the top experts in the field of addiction medicine, explains that sober coaches are there to help you make the right choices, they are not your personal probation officer who can put you in jail or a treatment center if you start using again. 

He says, “Sober Companions will only work if the addict goes through the proper treatment before getting a sober companion.   Many addicts hire a sober companion without going through treatment and that always fails as they haven’t conquered the addiction, they are only making it harder to fulfill that desire."

Lovato also admitted to having food issues that stemmed from her childhood. “It was always there, but then I just acted on it at around 8 or 9 years old.  I started overeating, compulsively overeating.  I would back cookies and then eat the whole pan.  I went from doing that to being unhappy with my body.  I went to just completely starving myself and that turned into throwing up and starving myself and it was just this crazy battle going on inside of me.”

Adam Silberstein, Psy. D. of The Source Health and Wellness Treatment Center which specializes in helping people who have an unhealthy relationship with smoking or food issues says, “The addictive use of food, which is far more accessible at an even younger age then drugs and alcohol, does not appear to produce the same degree of concern.  Certainly one can argue that the addictive use of food in childhood has a significant impact on development. Why is it that we do not attend to the child and adolescent obesity epidemic with a similar sense of urgency? “



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