Demi Lovato identifies as ‘California sober,’ three years on from her near-fatal drug overdose.
Lovato has been very open about her struggles with addiction since a highly-publicised heroin and fentanyl overdose that almost killed her in 2018.
Opening up about her new approach on CBS, the pop star said: “I think the term that I best identify with is ‘California sober’.
“I really don’t feel comfortable explaining the parameters of my recovery to people, because I don’t want anyone to look at my parameters of safety and think that’s what works for them because it might not.
“I am cautious to say that, just like I feel the complete abstinent method isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for everybody, I don’t think that this journey of moderation is a one-size-fits-all solution for everybody, too.”
However, not everybody is happy that Lovato identifies as ‘California sober’.
One person tweeted: “I don’t like that Demi Lovato is suddenly the poster child for addiction when she’s profiting off her OD and is promoting the concept of ‘California Sober’ which could make others relapse because they’ll think they can use in moderation. Addict brain will always demand more.”
Another added: “I love Demi Lovato, but she needs to just stop making documentaries cause they end up contradicting each other.
“On top of that, why in the hell is she ‘California sober’? She shouldn’t be putting that out for other addicts, who look up to her, to see that.”
Lovato’s latest album features a song about her new method.
It includes the lyrics: “I’m California sober / It doesn’t have to mean the growin’ part is over / No, it ain’t black or white, it’s all of the colours / That I only just discovered, now I’m California sober.”