Demi Lovato's Return to Rehab Was Amazing

Those of you with a particularly good memory for celebrity news may remember that it was about a year ago when teen star Demi Lovato left her tour with the Jonas Brothers to enter a treatment facility. At the time, her rep said she was getting help for "for emotional and physical issues," and the young singer eventually revealed that she'd had a nervous breakdown. Lovato went on to partner with The Jed Foundation and Seventeen magazine for a project intended to help young girls deal with some of same the issues she faced—and now she's taken an extra step to provide public support for those in need.

This past Sunday, Lovato returned to the same facility where she stayed last year. This time, though, she was there to offer encouragement to others.


After her visit to Timberline Knolls, Lovato tweeted about the experience to her fans:

Today I went back to the treatment center I went to last year to speak to the beautiful women fighting their inner demons. I was so honored to be able to share my story and let them know that it gets easier. Life is beautiful. You are worthy of it.

I don't know much about Lovato's music, but I am seriously impressed with how she's chosen to publicly address the challenges she went through. Since she was released in January 2010, Lovato has spoken candidly about the eating disorder, cutting, and Bipolar II disorder that led her to seek treatment. At just 19 years old, she's handling herself with a lot of maturity and grace, and I can only guess how many young people she's helped in the process.

As someone with a past history of alcohol abuse, I know firsthand how difficult it is to talk about such personal struggles. It takes strength and courage just to be able to share your inner demons with people in your trusted support system—for her to be this open with the entire world says a lot about her character.

In November, Lovato wrote in her monthly Seventeen column,

Going to treatment was a gift and I believe it saved my life. I learned how to be strong and healthy even through struggles. It also helped me open up about my issues and share them with others. Knowing that my family, friends and fans accept me for who I am is the greatest feeling ever!

It's truly inspiring for someone in her position to admit that she went through hard times, and to tell her young fans that she can identify with their problems. I know she's doing a lot of good in the world by sharing this part of her life, and I'm certain that when she wrote the following, it had a positive impact:

(Over five million followers read that, by the way.) (I wonder if Lindsay Lohan was one of them.)

Do you think Demi Lovato is helping others with her story?

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