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Demi Lovato Says Cory Monteith 'Didn't Choose To Die'; Drug Addiction Is 'A Disease'

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Demi Lovato has had her fair share of struggles - from emotional and physical issues to substance abuse.

But the topic of addiction was brought to the forefront once again, given the tragic death of Glee’s Cory Monteith.

The Made in the USA singer explained that it only takes “one moment of vulnerability” to relapse:

"[Cory] didn't choose to die. It was the disease. It can creep up on you at any moment. It only takes one moment of relapse to potentially die. It's really scary, but I'm really hoping that from this, people are able to see this is a very, very, very dangerous disease."

She added:

"The main person in my thoughts is Lea [Michele]. I am praying for her so hard and I love her so much. I'm wishing her a lot of strength right now."

That said, Demi has learned to cope with her demons. She finds that staying away from things that trigger her works best, even if that means missing out on some of her friend’s celebrations:

"They can turn 21 and have their turn-21st-birthday… I don't think that I – I just don't put myself in those situations where I'm going to be at those 21st birthdays. I don't go to clubs. I just know it's something I can't do without being triggered. And that's okay."

Let’s just hope that Cory’s passing will garner more awareness of the issue.

We, as a society, can do much, much more to help those in need.

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47 comments to “Demi Lovato Says Cory Monteith 'Didn't Choose To Die'; Drug Addiction Is 'A Disease'”

  1. Christy says – reply to this


    So sick of this girl. Stop making everything about you and your own self-promotion. There are reports that she is still on cocaine and is doing everything she can to cover up. It's hypocrisy at it's finest. And she was going to clubs (and still may be doing it) and getting her fill of drugs. Stop posting this girl, Perez. It's disgusting that she exploits dark situations to sell albums.

  2. yra says – reply to this


    Re: Christy – So you are bashing her instead of this dude that killed himself with booze and drink? Wow…hating on women seems to be a past-time for some…sad…I think we should foucs on how this guy blew chance after chance to get better again and again….with all the help out there, he could not get well…And you are bashing HER? Geez.

  3. cute says – reply to this


    I like her friendship with lea and what she said is really touching

  4. 4

    this really angers me. drug addiction and alcoholism are not diseases. Cancer is a disease. HIV is a disease. Hepatitis is a disease and none of those people choose to get it. Addicts make a conscious decision to put a substance in their body that will damage it and ultimately kill them and they know the risks. had enough of these "disease" sob stories and cries for sympathy. it's offensive to people who have lost loved ones to actual diseases through no fault of their own. My own mother didn't lock herself in a room and inject herself with cancer until she died. There's just no comparison.

  5. Ambi says – reply to this


    A "disease" that he decided to have…sorry

  6. ginny says – reply to this


    demi does cocaine!??!!! whhhhhhat I did not know that?!!

  7. 7

    I'll bet there are a whole lot of terminally ill cancer, MS and ALS patients out there that wish they could cure their "disease" by simply stopping shooting heroin.

    It's NOT a disease. It's a choice.

  8. sas1288 says – reply to this


    People who don't believe that addiction is a disease should have a look at this link:

    Is anyone suggesting that addiction is similar to, say, cancer or AIDS? No, they're not. I'm certainly not, and my dad died of cancer just recently. But I also have a pretty good understanding of what addiction is because of a family member and a couple of friends of mine. Bottom line, people- read up, and try not to be so judgmental. At the end of the day, a really tragic thing happened here, and this presents an opportunity to educate people on the dangers of substance use and abuse.

  9. 9

    I'm getting super sick of Demi Lovato, she only reason she became so popular and got her x factor job was that she tried to hurt herself, and won't shut up about it now. Seriously everyone knows you've had an eating disorder and cut yourself, stop talking about it already.

  10. Sam says – reply to this


    He choose to do drugs. He made that choice himself. Had he not made that choice, he would not be dead. No sickness I know of can simply be cured by not doing something.

  11. Nick says – reply to this


    Re: Ambi – . you dont choose to have an addiction. how old are you? how much do you know on this topic? not a lot. i have two uncles, theyre twin brothers. one is a serious alcoholic. they both drank in college and in their twenties, but the one could not stop until it ultimately landed him in the hospital. he knows he is on a destructive path but cannot stop. to say you choose this disease is VERY immature. In the same way some girls are anorexic and buleimic. You know its a destructive trait, but a reflex in your head has you continously committing the act. I suggest you learn more on this issue before you bash someone on it.

  12. Nick says – reply to this


    Re: amycakes86 – spoken like someone who has never met an drug addict or alcoholic. it most certainly is a disease. a disease in the brain which cuts of rational thinking and right from wrong. bash all you want on something you DONT understand

  13. Jay says – reply to this


    Addiction is a mental problem and cancer is not.

  14. 14

    Re: Ambi – you are a idiot

  15. 15

    Re: Nick – yup, I hate when people say shit like that and do not understand mental illness or addiction. you don't know about it, STFU.

  16. 16

    she's really great at making everything about herself

  17. MichJB says – reply to this


    Measles is a disease, influenza is a disease, AIDS is a disease - Drug addiction is not a disease - its a condition.

  18. 18

    Drug users and alcoholics do not have a disease. They have a HABIT.

    Cancer is a disease.

    DISEASE: a disordered or incorrectly functioning organ, part, structure, or system of the body resulting from the effect of genetic or developmental errors, infection, poisons, nutritional deficiency or imbalance, toxicity, or unfavorable environmental factors; illness; sickness; ailment.

    And yes, obviously when your on drugs it stops your brain from functioning 100%, but that doesn't mean you get to just call it a disease. That is way to cop out and take NO responsibility for your actions.

    So what is a pedophile someone who has a disease? Technically their minds aren't in the same track… so is that a disease? lol.

  19. 19

    Re: Nick – i have a couple of former addicts in my family actually. it is a mental illness NOT a disease. i disease is something that physically invades your body and destroys your insides without you having a hand in the decision. addiction is based in the mind. its not contagious or degenerative. disease is a terrible word to use for addiction. illness yes, disease no.

  20. CanadianGirl says – reply to this


    The Addiction as a disease debate has been going on for ages. I'm trained in this field and don't see it as a disease - while it has many of the similar qualities of a disease in that it is progressive, can be fatal, targets particular organs, etc. - the thing that distinguishes addiction from disease is that it is 100% preventable. Once someone becomes addicted to a substance it can be extremely difficult to quit and relapse is very common, however, many people who are addicts manage to quit and still manage their addiction (ie: someone who was addicted to alcohol can still drink, provided that is is managed appropriately) - this means that it is more about managing human behaviour than it is about managing a disease.

    You are all entitled to your opinions but watching a Youtube video or reading an article on the internet doesn't make anyone an expert. The important thing is that I'm sure Cory didn't want to die but he certainly knew that was a risk even if he felt powerless to control his choice.

  21. 21

    Maybe disease is not the right word. Illness may be more fitting. I see a lot of judges coming forth (as always)

  22. Elle Lowe says – reply to this


    Wow, these comments are messed up. I'd like to say first, that my cousin died last month at 32 from brain cancer, and a year ago I had been living with Kidney cancer (I'm cancer free now though). So this is coming from someone personally affected by diseases that are not "chosen". —– Although people make a conscience decision to TRY drugs (though there are many reasons people try them; peer pressure, bad experiences, etc) once they get addicted it becomes a disease. No one WANTS to get that addicted to where they die. He was 13 when he started doing drugs - and who even knows why? He could have been trying to deal with bad things that happened to him. And same with Demi. We all have demons and maybe we don't always deal with it in a healthy way; but how dare you judge someone with how they decide to deal? You don't know what is happening to other people. If Demi never got the help she so obviously needed, then who knows where she would be now.

  23. Elle Lowe says – reply to this


    (cont.) Demi and Cory have been dealing with issues since they were kids. It's not like one day they decided "I'm going to do drugs for fun" in their twenties. They did it as an escape. And now they're teaching people that it was wrong. Even before Cory died he was telling people that drugs aren't the way. These are two sad stories, one that didn't end well and another that could have a happy ending; as long as she keeps doing the right things. Also; this isn't self promotion, people ask her questions and she answers with her knowledge of the situation and how she feels about herself. There's nothing wrong with that. She's talented as hell, she doesn't need "promotion" like this.

  24. A says – reply to this


    It may not be a "disease" but, it is a sickness… an illness. That is why they have to detox, go to rehab or at least to therapy. The addicted person's brain thinks that the alcohol or drug is a reward and thus, it is very tempting to give into it. There are also withdrawal symptoms that make the person feel horrible and could even kill that person, if he or she doesn't receive the right kind of help. I also think that the person remains addicted because, the drug or alcohol is how he or she is used to handling stress, sadness, and other negative emotions. So, without that, the person doesn't know how to handle it. Finally, as what Demi says, there are triggers in this world that can lead to having a relapse and one relapse can end your life. So anyway, the point is! Do not judge Cory or other people who have addictions…. there are so many reasons why they are addicted, how they got addicted, and what lead to their relapse.

  25. STFU Demi says – reply to this


    STFU…..OMG Demi, shut your stupid face! Stop making everything about u…no one cares or wants to hear about ur fuckin eating disorders and alleged cutting..everyone is over u….stop making someone else's tragedy all about u. Cory had more talent and potential than u ever had or will have.

  26. Elle Lowe says – reply to this


    Re: STFU Demi – There are millions of people who do care about Demi & Demi is SUPER talented. She isn't making this about her. She gave her condolences when the news came out, and now almost a week later she's answering a question that was asked and she was being respectful and trying to explain from her point of view.

  27. sp says – reply to this


    Re: amycakes86 – It IS a disease. Let me ask you a question. People who smoke cigarettes (which is, by the way, an addiction), and develop lung cancer and die…isn't it the same? I mean really. It's people who have an addiction, people who are unable to quit something, that it does turn into a disease. Smokers develop nicotine addiction and cancer, among other illnesses. Drug addicts develop a dependency on drugs - it does lead to chemical imbalances in the brain which is an illness. There are some people out there who just have different brains - much like serial killers. Some people have it, some people don't. And it's a disease.

  28. 28

    Alcoholism and Drug addiction is a disease of the mind and body. When you take in the substance, it causes a reaction that brings on a physical craving that continues the user to use more. Also brings on an obsession that only an act of providence can cure. Why don't you get your facts straight before you people post about shit you all do not know anything about. Unless you have walked to hell and back do to drug and alcohol addiction, then stop running your mouths. I will have to say Demi is right. If you do not change your people, place and things you can come to a relapse. addiction is battled one day at a time. Support and realization that you can not stop on will power alone. You will never beat the double-edge sword that addiction welds. I only play that the Celebs will start taking a look at themselves and realize that they can not do the some things. Sobriety is a gift that has to be worked on everyday for the rest of their lives. Unless they do not admit to their powerlessness there is no chance of RECOVERY.

  29. 29

    Re: sp – oh please. don't be so silly. smoking doesn't directly cause cancer. we all have dormant cancerous cells in our bodies. smoking just encourages those cells to activate, which leads to the development of the disease. it's completely different to addiction. addicts don't have physical "addiction" cells that are activated with the use of a drug. they have a mental illness that makes them dependent on it and encourages them to make bad decisions. you have to separate the physical from the mental here. disease = physical. it's something tangible that you can put under a microscope and see. addiction is in the mind. you can't take someone's blood and see addiction under a microscope. it's a totally inappropriate word to use for it. it doesn't mean its any less serious as an issue. its just being categorised completely wrong.

  30. 30

    Oh give me a fucking break and take some accountablilty ya c—. He chose to put those drugs in his body. END OF STORY.

  31. Travis says – reply to this


    Re: Christy – You're so fucking ignorant. She's not trying to make this about herself and she doesn't use her "sob story" to sell albums. She uses it to help promote awareness. Im so fucking sick of people like you. She's never done cocaine, but has done marijuana. She has drunk yes, but weren't you a teenager before? You're just some stupid bitch that doesn't know a damn thing. Grow the fuck up. She's been 16 months sober. Stop picking on her because nothing in your life is interesting. Dumb ignorant bitch I swear

  32. Christy says – reply to this


    Re: Travis
    Thank you for the insightful comment. Demi is a master of delusion and you are all falling for it. Of course celebrities sign wavers so that their friends don't spill their dirty deeds to the press. Yes, she has done cocaine and she'll tell all of you she's sober. I used to be a fan (thru her sophomore album), but I opened my eyes. Don't be fooled by her. And YES, I was a teenager. I chose not to do drugs because on a personal level, I know what it does to people. I've had family members suffer from alcoholism. It's an ugly thing. I have little respect for hypocrites that play this stuff in the press for personal gain. You only believe her image.

  33. 33

    Drug and alcohol addiction is NOT a disease. It's a choice. They make the choice to do what they do. It's all about will power and being willing to tell one's self 'no' when the moment arises. Addicts who embrace the addiction as a disease excuse are nothing but weak individuals who are not willing to face their demons and function. It's easier to give in to the desire to self-medicate than to exert some will power.

  34. Lux says – reply to this


    Re: Christy – You don't know her so shut up! You act like you know her and it's hilarious…"she is still on cocaine" really?? why you know that?? "and she was going to clubs" seriously?? she didn't has enough times to visit her family how can she go to clubs?? huh?? you're so funny, and stupid…you commented like you 100% know her?? HAH! you don't even know her…not at least 0.0001%!

  35. Ambi says – reply to this


    Re: Nick – You didn't understand what I wrote…He chose to take drugs, he made ​​a bad decision, and those were the consequences. I'm an adult. I didn't know him, but I have relatives who have been there, I love them, but they decided to harm themselves. He knew that drugs were going to hurt him, and yet he decided to take them. Sorry that I had to write so much to explain my point, and also, sorry that my comment has upset you.

  36. Addiction Myth says – reply to this


    He was another victim of the 12 Step cults and AA, the main treatment for addiction. You must first admit you are powerless, and then you must choose a god and pray to it to remove the cravings to use. Only problem is, this process can take years, and in the meantime you are completely powerless to the drug. For a susceptive person like an actor this belief can be deadly. He recently played the role of a drug addicted prostitute, and no doubt he convinced himself that he had the dreaded disease. And then fiction becomes fact.

    Addiction isn't a deadly disease. It's a deadly myth.

  37. Maxwell says – reply to this


    Re: Tnorris – your opinion means shit.

    He made a conscious decision to start taking drugs true, however it became an addiction and in turn the addiction took over and became a disease. Until you experience what Cory has emotionally you shouldn't open your fucking mouths to judge. Your "freedom of expression" should get bashed back into you for your lack of empathy.

  38. kay says – reply to this


    Don't get me wrong, I love Demi but seriously who made her the spokesperson of every f*ked up person?! I'm so tired of hearing her talking about her struggles and putting her 2 cents in other people's struggle. She was bulimic, she did drugs, tried to commit suicide .. I think we all get it and there are millions that are the same. But your choice to self destruct is not a diseases, only addict will call it that. It is YOUR CHOICE to do those things and no one else.

  39. sasha says – reply to this


    Re: Elle Lowe – We all get stressed out and we all have our own problems, using that as an excuse is lame. It's almost like an obese person blaming food for being overweight. In my teen years, I would constantly get pressured to drink at parties but I pass on that and from then on, I just refuse to attend any parties because why would I want to put myself in that position. I'm 27 now and I can still go out and have fun with my girls without doing drugs or drinking period. At the end of the day, your choice is your own fate.

  40. Casey says – reply to this


    100% agree with Perez, it's so true that we can do so much more to help struggling addicts. Tons of people show no sympathy at all to addicts because they think it's a choice. It's NOT a choice! People need to wake up and hopefully that is something good that will come out of this tragedy.

  41. 41

    Re: Maxwell

    You know me so well a—— and what I've been through personally don't you?? HUH?!?! F—— B—-. Yea and your opinion means jacks— as well ya little know-it-all c— muscle. People like you are the over-politically correct type idiots of the world who hide from the real cause of their issues and take ZERO accountability for themselves and project it onto others like this poor little Hollywood soul lmao. Gotta call it for what it is. And sorry, but calling a drug addiction a "disease" is such an antiquated way of thinking…let's be f—— real here. The majority in this comment section feel it's a mental disorder that CAN be broken and cured with enough discipline surrounding yourself with the right people etc and gonna have to agree with them..this habit can be broken if you have a strong enough will (I know)…CANCER is a disease, MS is a disease ya f—tard. I'm so sick of people like you I want to f—— slit your throat with a rusty butter knife. So if you want I'd be glad to meet you because I've had it up to f—— here with people like you. Can give you my email if you want. DO IT B—-!!!!! I want to meet you in person. Hopefully you live in MN.

  42. Bren jansen says – reply to this


    Re: Sam – She keeps telling everyone about her past to let the people know the consequences of doing the things she has done before. She telling that to us, to you and to me that we should never experiment ourselves with drugs and never self-harm. She's concern about everybody and I don't see any bad in that.

  43. wrong says – reply to this


    Re: summerpistol

    "DISEASE: a disordered or incorrectly functioning organ, part, structure, or system of the body resulting from the effect of genetic or developmental errors, infection, poisons, nutritional deficiency or imbalance, toxicity, or unfavorable environmental factors; illness; sickness; ailment. "

    your definition of disease proves that addiction is a disease. i would study up a little on how chemicals change the makeup of your body even when the drug itself is not in your system.

  44. aaron says – reply to this


    When you call addiction a choice, you're furthering the serious problems of stigma in the medical fields by essentially blaming the victim or judging them as having a flaw in character. This can make diagnosis much more difficult.

    The word 'disease' has an actual medical definition. It's not just some vague word free to be interpreted however best fits your internet arguments. If you've ever had Abnormal Psychology, or even just an elementary Psychology course, you would be quite familiar with addiction as a disease. Remember AD? Stands for Alzheimer's disease. It's a disease of the brain, like addiction.

    To be fair, honest, and complete though, addiction being a disease is still a theory and hasn't been indisputably proven. But if you have the audacity to think you're about to be the one to disprove nearly the entirety of the scientific community who has already accepted it, then you may want to start at least with finishing your college degree. And if you already have, then you may want to ask for a refund.

    Even if it was proven that addiction was a choice, it's doubtful that it could be proven that every case of addiction was a choice, and that some cases are actually attributed to diseases of the brain.

  45. Makka says – reply to this


    Addiction is not a disease. It is certainly not like cancer or diabetes. The CHOICE factor can't be left behind and THAT is what's wrong. I choose to not do drugs. Period.

  46. Rose says – reply to this


    Re: bsteves06 – Demi doesn't talk about her disorders to promote them, neither does she talk about them to make herself famous. She talks about them to help other girls with the same issues, things like eating disorders which are diseases and aren't a choice. The reason Demi's famous is because her fans who were with her before she went into rehab are still with her afterwards. An addiction like drugs or alcohol isn't like cancer, not at all. My best friend has cancer, but these addictions are a disease of the mind. It's tragic what happened to Cory, Cory had recieved help in the past. You can't really judge what it's like unless you have it yourself.

  47. DISEASE? says – reply to this


    It seems not one person here who is in the 'is addiction a disease or not disease" debate is aware that the reason that addiction has been accepted as "disease" in medicine is SO THAT YOUR INSURANCE WILL PAY YOUR DOCTOR AND REHAB BILL for issue CAUSED by addictions. The decision to classify addiction as disease is based on INSURANCE ISSUES. If you don't have a disease, or your dr isn't trying to 'rule out' a "disease" …. those are the necessary diagnosis needed for INSURANCE PAY OUTS TO MEDICAL DOCS. No one is BORN a heroin addict. Addictions can cause physical diseases, but there is no proof in scientific research that an addiction gene or an addiction disease exist. It's all about the MONEY. Insurance pays for diseases. Calling addiction disease is a business decision & psychologically helps people feel less "shame" about being an addict. However, the addiction as endogenous disease idea; very flawed. It tends to make addicts "blame" their genes and dismiss their personal choices & acts.