Demi Lovato says she will no longer discuss her recovery after facing criticism for revealing she is “California sober.”
“California sober” refers to a person who only drinks and smokes marijuana, but does not take any other drugs.
Demi Lovato opened up about the status of her sobriety in her four-part YouTube docuseries ‘Dancing With The Devil’. The documentary saw the 28-year-old singer explain the events leading up to her near-fatal overdose in 2018 followed by her eventual recovery.
In a recent interview with Zach Sang, Demi detailed that the criticism she faced after her use of the term led her to reconsider discussing her recovery details in future.
“For me, I’ve decided that I’m probably never going to discuss the parameters surrounding my recovery and what that looks like,” she said. “Because when I do get into details with people, it just kind of opens myself up for more scrutiny than I need.”
“The only criticism I need is from my treatment team, and if what we’re doing right now is working for me, then I’m gonna keep it between me and them, ” Demi Lovato stated while defending the approach.
Earlier this month, Demi released her latest album, ‘Dancing With The Devil… The Art Of Starting Over.’ The album includes a song titled ‘California Sober’. According to the singer, the track “represents an alternate path” to recovery.
She described, “California Sober’ is extremely important because that song represents an alternate path to the recovery that I’ve been taught … the past 10 years of dealing with this stuff. It’s not saying that this works for everybody, but it’s saying that that other solution isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution and there’s options.”
Adding, “I didn’t make up this term, right? I just heard it, and was like, ‘Oh, that sounds green and applies to me.’ But I think that different people have different meanings for it. So, it might be moderation to some people, it might be only natural things to some people.”
“I’ve learned that it doesn’t work for me to say that I’m never going to do this again… I know I’m done with the stuff that’s going to kill me, right? Telling myself that I can never have a drink or smoke marijuana, I feel like that’s setting myself up for failure because I am such a black-and-white thinker.”
“I had it drilled into my head for so many years that one drink was equivalent to a crack pipe… I’ve been smoking weed and drinking in moderation.”
The documentary also features close friends of Lovato – including manager Scooter Braun and Elton John – disagreeing with the singer’s choice to keep drinking and smoking weed.