Demi Lovato is opening up like she never has before.
The 23-year-old spoke to Refinery29 about the time she was going through substance abuse. Lovato was at one point America's sweetheart especially after she appeared on Camp Rock but what people didn't know was what was going on behind closed doors. During her teenage years, she "couldn't go an hour without using cocaine," and was abusing other substances as well going through bulimia and self-inflicted harm.
"I was a nightmare to work with," Lovato said. "I had to learn the hard way that I can't do parties anymore. Some people can go out and not be triggered, but that's not the case for me."
Lovato had a serious wakeup call after she punched backup dancer Alex Welch while on the Camp Rock 2 international tour and her family intervened. She decided to end her run of the tour and checked herself into rehab for three months.
"I still have more things to prove—not just about the things I can do with my voice," she declared. "Some people think that because I'm young, I can't stay sober. But these are things I want to prove to myself."
The star is young and one the right path, which we are so happy to see her continuing to grow.