Just months into her recovery, Demi Lovato stumbled onto a hard truth.
Initially, after exiting rehab in early 2011, she felt she held all the answers. Her three months in treatment had led her to believe it was her previously undiagnosed eating and bipolar disorders that were causing her problems. Sure, she had started drinking as a teen, buoyed by her sudden entrée into the cool kids' club, and after trying cocaine at age 17 she had reached a point where she could barely go an hour without a hit of the drug. But substance abuse, she thought, wasn't really all that big of an issue for her.
She was only 18, after all, one of the more famous teens running around Hollywood. She should be able to have a little fun. But after a few nights she'd like to forget—and the untimely exit of some 20 sober companions—she realized she would need to leave the party early. "I had to learn the hard way that I can't do parties anymore," she told Refinery29 in 2016. "Some people can go out and not be triggered, but that's not the case for me."