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‘Love is Louder Than The Pressure to Be Perfect’ Campaign

Spearheading the campaign to find oneself, Demi Lovato has left her hit TV series.
The 18-year-old star of Disney’s “Sonny With A Chance” was treated in rehab last fall for ’emotional and physical issues’ after she punched a dancer while touring with a boy band that also received their start through Disney, The Jonas Brothers. Lovato states: “It made sense for me to go ahead and leave the show to focus on my music …it’s kind of sad for me that a chapter of my life has ended but there couldn’t be a better time for me to move on.”

Many have wondered about the role that the Disney machinery plays in the spills and tumbles of their pre-teen and adolescent stars when they reach early adulthood. The more useful research would focus upon why a stint in rehab is the current recommended mea culpa for celebs that land in trouble at any age. Trivializing rehabilitation, without a honest acknowledgement of ordinary humans means for coping with provocation does little to enhance public discourse. Christian Shire notes another striking phenomenon that shifts public responsibility from Disney et al.

Consider how difficult it must be to suffer with addiction while having your every move documented by a trailing team of paparazzi. Anyone who has battled with addiction has a long list of shameful behaviors, and most of us are pretty glad that most of our shame is for private and family consumption only. I can only imagine what it must feel like to have the worst days of your life, and the worst of your abuses and behaviors splashed across the tabloids for all to see.

I feel sympathy for anyone who suffers addiction and also has an occupation that makes their private battle public fodder, and I’m grateful I don’t live their lives. I guess what I really feel is that the stories of stars battling their addictions, repeatedly entering spa style rehabs, and repeatedly suffering the embarrassment of very public intoxicated humiliations; teaches us all that rehab is only as valuable as you make it. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, how admired you are or how much power you’ve got, if you don’t make a personal commitment to change, and put in the work required to learn how, then you’ll never succeed no matter who you are. Rehab isn’t just a place, it’s a state of mind, and unless you’re ready to confront your personal demons, to really look inside yourself and make a determined effort to change every part of your life that might led you back to abuse, you can’t succeed.