“Sober sober is the only way to be.” “I no longer support my California sober ways,” Demi posted on her Instagram story on December 2nd, just three years after nearly dying during a drug overdose in 2018 from a dangerous mix of the opioid drugs, heroin and fentanyl. The traumatic overdose left her and with brain damage and legally blind after suffering a heart attack and three strokes while in hospital.
She renounced their California sober ways after saying in a March interview with “CBS Sunday Morning” that they would still be using marijuana and alcohol. (Lovato only uses they pronouns) At the time, Demi's manager Scooter Braun admitted that he 'doesn't truly agree' with the idea of consuming substances in 'moderation'. 'Moderation doesn't work,' he said. 'Sorry. If you drink you're going to drink more. If you take a pill you're going to take another one. You either do it or you don't.'
Elton John, who celebrated 30 years of sobriety recently stated in the Dancing With the Devil doc that “moderation doesn’t work” when it comes to sobriety.
In October, Lala Kent, a star of Bravo described 'California sober' as disrespectful towards those working 'really hard' to be completely abstinent. Kent previously said she thinks the idea of being 'California sober' is 'super offensive' to people working hard to remain sober.
Lala has been an advocate for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) after spiraling out of control following her father's sudden death. In 2019, she told Page Six: 'I swear by the program of AA.' 'I know that old-timers will hate me for talking about the program because of it being an anonymous program. But there is a generation, my generation, that’s struggling and they need to know about this program. It exists and it’s saving my life.'