Demi Lovato Isn't Sober Anymore, But That Doesn't Make Me Love Her Any Less

Demi Lovato Isn't Sober Anymore, But That Doesn't Make Me Love Her Any Less

I stood by her when she entered rehab, and I am standing by her now.

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Demi Lovato took the world by surprise on June 21st with the release of her newest single, "Sober." The song is a heart-wrenching confession to family, friends, and fans that after six years of sobriety from drug and alcohol addiction, Lovato has relapsed.

"Momma, I'm so sorry I'm not sober anymore
And daddy, please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor
To the ones who never left me, we've been down this road before
I'm so sorry, I'm not sober anymore."

Lovato entered rehab in October 2010 to seek treatment for her addictions, as well as bipolar disorder, anorexia, bulimia, and self-harm. March 15th, 2013 marked her first anniversary of sobriety, and each year since, Lovato and her fans have celebrated the momentous day together. Just this past March, I had the privilege of attending her Brooklyn concert that took place two days after her six-year anniversary, and the crowd sang an emotional "Happy Birthday" to Demi to honor the day she started her new life of sobriety.

At the end of May, Lovato teased her newest music to fans, saying of her upcoming seventh album, "Some of you may not like or understand my truth but it's me... take it or leave it.." Upon the release of "Sober," Demi captioned her social media posts: "My truth... #sober out now."

"Sober" comes as a shock to all who have followed Lovato's journey the past six years. As a huge fan of Demi, I was utterly heartbroken listening along with tears pouring from my eyes as she admitted her relapse. Since the very beginning of her rise to fame, I have passionately followed and been inspired by Demi. Her music and her story have played tremendous roles in my own mental health journey, and she has always been my beacon of hope reminding me that recovery is possible.

She may not be sober anymore, but Demi is absolutely still my role model. Until you have struggled with addiction first-hand, you know nothing of the courage it takes to even attempt sobriety. It's physically, mentally, and emotionally draining, and it never stops. Each day is a new fight.

Demi fought her heart out for six years, and I will never forget that achievement and abandon her for slipping up. I've followed her journey; I've seen her highest and lowest moments since going into recovery. I stood by her when she entered rehab, and I am sure as hell standing by her now.

"And I'm sorry for the fans I lost
Who watched me fall again
I wanna be a role model, but I'm only human."

The only thing more courageous than sobriety is being able to admit how hard it is. Recovery does not look like a perfect line — it twists and turns, circles around itself and zig-zags, goes up and down. What I've always admired about Demi's journey is that she doesn't sugar-coat it. Mental illness and addiction take people to dark, ugly, scary places, and Demi isn't afraid to be vocal about what those places are like for her. She doesn't just talk about her progress; she talks about her setbacks.

People are willing to support those with mental illness and addiction when recovery looks clean, measurable, and happy. But it is in our darkest moments — the moments that look like failures, the moments when people are most quick to abandon us — that we need the most help. Supporting someone through recovery means staying by their side even when it gets messy, ugly, and painful. There is no destination on the road to recovery, there is only waking up every morning and trying to be better than we were the day before.

I admire Demi's courage, as I always have, to speak her truth regardless of what others think. "Sober" is a brave, raw, and honest confession of what recovery actually looks like. Thank you, Demi, for showing me the strength in vulnerability. Thank you for reminding me that recovery is not always pretty, and that's OK. Thank you for speaking your truth and for giving me the courage to speak mine.

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60 Country Songs To Soothe Any College Girl's Soul

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Country music, either you hate it or you love it.

When you love it though, you really love it.

Something about a good country song can soothe your soul. So whether you are drinking beer, at the beach, driving with the windows rolled down or in the "feels" here are 60 country songs, old and new, to soothe your soul:

1. "Die a Happy Man" by Thomas Rhett

2. "Body Like a Back Road" by Sam Hunt

3. "In Case You Didn't Know" by Brett Young

4. "I Could Use a Love Song" by Maren Morris

5. "What Hurts The Most" by Rascal Flatts

6. "Song for Another Time" by Old Dominion

7. "From the Ground Up" by Dan + Shay

8. "Wagon Wheel" by Darius Rucker

9. "When I Was Your Man" by Thomas Rhett

10. "Road Less Traveled" by Lauren Alaina

11. "You Look Good" by Lady Antebellum

12. "Every Time I Hear That Song" by Blake Shelton

13. "Small Town Boy" by Dustin Lynch

14. "What Ifs" by Kane Brown ft. Lauren Alaina

15. "Love Triangle" by RaeLynn

16. "Any Ol' Barstool" by Jason Aldean

17. "That's My Kind of Night" by Luke Bryan

18. "Chicken Fried" by Zac Brown Band

19. "I Don't Dance" by Lee Brice

20. "Break Up with Him" by Old Dominion

21. "Girl Crush" by Little Big Town

22. "Craving You" by Thomas Rhett ft. Maren Morris

23. "Drinkin' Problem" by Midland

24. "God, Your Mama, And Me" by Florida Georgia Line ft. Backstreet Boys

25. "May We All" by Florida Georgia Line ft. Tim McGraw

26. "Colder Weather" by Zac Brown Band

27. "Boys 'Round Here" by Blake Shelton ft. Pistol Annies & Friends

28. "Break Up in a Small Town" by Sam Hunt

29. "First Love Song" by Luke Bryan

30. "Toes" by Zac Brown Band

31. "H.O.L.Y." by Florida Georgia Line

32. "Somewhere On a Beach" by Dierks Bentley

33. Sunshine & "Whiskey" by Frankie Ballard

34. "Beachin'" by Jake Owen

35. "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)" by Luke Bryan

36. "Sun Daze" by Florida Georgia Line

37. "Beautiful Drug" by Zac Brown Band

38. "Like I Loved You" by Brett Young

39. "Different for Girls" by Dierks Bentley ft. Elle King

40. "Make You Miss Me" by Sam Hunt

41. "Blue Ain't Your Color" by Keith Urban

42. "Do I Make You Wanna" by Billy Currington

43. "Flatliner" by Cole Swindle ft. Dierks Bentley

44. "Woke Up in Nashville" by Seth Ennis

45. "Mercy" by Brett Young

46. "Making Memories" of Us by Keith Urban

47. "Saturday Night" by Sam Hunt

48. "How Not To by Dan" + Shay

49. "Star of The Show" by Thomas Rhett

50. "She's Country" by Jason Aldean

51. "Hurricane" by Luke Combs

52. "No Such Thing as a Broken Heart" by Old Dominion

53. "Drunk On a Plane" by Dierks Bentley

54. "My Girl" by Dylan Scott

55. "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood

56. "Yours If You Want It" by Rascal Flatts

57. "All-American Girl" by Carrie Underwood

58. "Running' Outta Moonlight" by Randy Houser

59. "Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line

60. "House Party" by Sam Hunt

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Lauren Elizabeth brought me into the YouTube scene. Could she do this to you? If any of the following things apply to you, you would definitely benefit from following Lauren Elizabeth.

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Aside from the fact that she constantly talks about feminine topics, Lauren Elizabeth is open about women's health. She is not afraid to talk about embarrassing subjects and share her personal experiences as a woman.

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After one look at her Instagram, you will know that Lauren Elizabeth has great style. Thankfully, she has her own line of clothing called XLE. Her line, unlike other celebrity clothing lines, is affordable!

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