Actress Demi Lovato is familiar with drug use and is speaking out to chastise Hollywood for its portrayal, especially in light of the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hoffman died this weekend of a Heroin overdose, leaving behind a partner and young children.
"I wish more people would lose the stigma and treat addiction as the deadly and serious DISEASE that it is," Lovato posted to Twitter. "Drugs are not something to glamorize in pop music or film to portray as harmless recreational fun. It's not cute, 'cool' or admirable. It's very rare when people can actually predict their addiction and even then, you never know when too much is going to take their life or take a bad batch of whatever it is their [sic] using."
Lovato has been clean for some time now and has made no secret of the fact that she received help for her addiction to drugs and alcohol. Lovato has now become an advocate for others, inspiring them and helping them make decisions not to use or abuse any substance. In a very revealing interview with "Access Hollywood," Lovato revealed that she "couldn't go 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine and I would bring it on airplanes. That's how difficult it got, and that was even with somebody [with me]."
"It's time people start really taking action on changing what we're actually singing/rapping about these days because you never know if you could be glamorizing a certain drug to a first time user or alcoholic who could possibly end up dead because they end up suffering from the same deadly disease so many have already died from," Lovato continued on Twitter.
"This stuff is not something to mess with. Why risk it? Addiction IS a disease. Please spread the word so we can take the taboo out of discussing this illness and raising awareness to people of all ages. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman … An INCREDIBLE artist who lost his life to this horrible disease … May you rest peacefully and in complete serenity now that your pain is gone. God Bless," she ended.