Demi Lovato Says She’s ‘California Sober’ — What Does That Mean?
Ahead of the premiere of her new YouTube docuseries Dancing with the Devil, Demi Lovato sat down with CBS Sunday Morning, where she opened up about her ongoing recovery process two years after experiencing a near-fatal overdose.
During the interview, the singer said she now identifies as “California sober.” So, what does this term really mean, and why does Lovato label herself as such?
Here’s what we know so far.
Demi Lovato still uses alcohol and marijuana in ‘moderation’
Though she gets candid about her road to sobriety in Dancing with the Devil, Lovato spoke openly about her current recovery process in a recent interview with CBS Sunday Morning.
On Mar. 21, the singer sat down with CBS’s Tracy Smith and went into detail about everything, from her heroin overdose in 2018 to how she’s staying sober today.
Although her overdose almost proved to be fatal, Lovato admits that she still uses marijuana and alcohol in “moderation,” noting that letting go of these vices was difficult for her.
“So, you’re doing what they call moderation, I guess, right? So, you’re drinking, smoking a little bit of weed, is that fair to say?” Smith asked Lovato.
“Yeah. I think the term that I best identify with is California sober,” the singer replied.
According to The Cut, “California sober” typically refers to people who abstain from alcohol and most drugs but may indulge in marijuana.
Though Lovato still consumes alcohol and uses marijuana in moderation, she doesn’t want others to think this is a “one-size-fits-all” fix.
“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,” the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer explained.
“I am cautious to say that, just like I feel the complete abstinent method isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for everybody,” she continued. “I don’t think that this journey of moderation is a one-size-fits-all solution for everybody.”
Demi Lovato says she now in control of her own life
As fans may recall, Lovato had previously been sober for six years before she relapsed in 2018 — which she admitted to in her song “Sober.” A month after the track was released, she was rushed to the hospital after suffering a near-fatal overdose that caused her to have a heart attack and three strokes.
In her new documentary, the Disney Channel alum revealed that she was “miserable” before she overdosed as she did not have control over certain aspects of her life.
“I didn’t control any of my life at that period of time,” Lovato said during her interview with CBS Sunday Morning. “But yes, I also needed to grow up and take control. And that’s something I haven’t done until the past two years of my life.”
Now, Lovato is back in control of her everyday life and is much stronger and happier than she’s ever been.
“I feel so good,” she shared. “I feel more joy in my life than I’ve ever felt, because I’m not quieting or diminishing any part of myself.”
How to get help: In the U.S., contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration helpline at 1-800-662-4357.