Quotables: Demi Lovato Knows What's Up With Addiction, All Right?
2/4/2014 7:00 AM PST, by Sarah Taylor
"I wish more people would lose the stigma and treat addiction as the deadly and serious DISEASE that it is. Drugs are not something to glamorize in pop music or film to portray as harmless recreational fun. ... 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 using. ... 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..."
--Demi Lovato's fabulous, example-setting, and empathetic commentary on the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, a polarizing death.
If you were hanging around here yesterday at all, then you likely saw that the majority of those who commented on the Jared Padalecki/Philip Seymour Hoffman post slammed Philip's sudden death by apparent overdose, instead of sympathizing with Philip and his family and this awful occurrence.
The thing is, however, that when Demi came clean about her addiction, folks were supportive. People were caring and empathetic (as they should have been), and it's not just because Demi is a young girl who's got the world by the balls -- it's because Demi is likable, and honest, and had been nothing but forthright about her addictions. Are people so opposed to Philip's death because he hid his addiction? Because he was ashamed and destroyed and depressed by what had been going on in his life? Are people so angry about Philip's death because they weren't privy to the behind-closed-doors goings on that Demi was so clear about?
Demi Lovato has a history of substance abuse. It could have been young Demi who overdosed and died. It could have been any other admirable celebrity who was either talented, or sweet, or humane. And in many of those circumstances, the majority of people would have been empathetic. So what's so different about Philip? Because he was a father? A partner? A grown man? An Academy Award-winning actor? Because he'd been in rehab before and failed?
Maybe care and empathy is the first step for addicts to stop feeling so ostracized and alone in their struggles. Maybe we should start helping more, instead of pointing our fingers. Maybe we should start educating and stop being so selective over who deserves our compassion, because here's a life secret: everyone deserves your compassion. Everyone.