Demi Lovato Reveals She Started Using Opiates At 13 After Car Crash E! News UK
Demi Lovato first used opiates after being involved in a car accident when she was 13.
During an appearance on the Call Her Daddy podcast on Wednesday, the singer opened up about her history with drugs and alcohol and recalled that she first tried opioids after she was prescribed painkillers to following an accident.
“I first started experimenting when I was 12 or 13,” she told host Alexandra Cooper. “I had a car accident and they prescribed me opiates. My mum didn’t think she would have to lock up her 13-year-old daughter’s opiates, but I was already drinking by then. I had been bullied and was looking for an escape.”
The 30-year-old said her mum Dianna “locked them up” after noticing how many pills her daughter was taking.
The Confident singer has confessed that she ‘drank a lot’ of alcohol during her teenage years and first drank alone when she stole beer from her stepfather’s fridge, an action that she called it a “major red flag”.
Recalling her first experience with cocaine, Demi said: “At 17 it was my first time trying coke and, like, I loved it so much, then I bled a bit getting me into treatment right after I turned 18.”
The star first went to rehab at the age of 18 to receive treatment for drug addiction, an eating disorder and self-harm, a decision she said took “time coming”.
The treatment was not completely successful and Demi later moved into a sober living facility. In June 2018, she revealed she had relapsed after six years of sobriety, and the following month suffered an opioid overdose.