The news is abuzz with Demi Lovato’s relapse. Most folks agree with the former Disney star’s friend Iggy Azalea, who said she was “proud” of Lovato for “having the courage” to admit relapse. We agree. It does take a certain courage to come clean about relapsing, especially in song. And Demi Lovato’s relapse song just might break your heart.
By now you probably know Lovato’s relapse song is entitled “Sober.” You may also know that the admission comes after six years of sobriety. But only those who’ve been there can know the track’s about as achingly honest as one can get with themselves, with their loved ones and with the world.
“There’s nothing like the truth. The honest to God, uncomfortable and shocking truth,” Lovato Tweeted back in May. “Sometimes you have to share your story in the most honest way possible… for me that’s through music.”
And some music it is too. Demi Lovato’s relapse song is a candid reminder of how fragile sobriety can be, for everyone. And how sorrowfully broken we can feel when it’s lost.
Momma I’m so sorry I’m not sober anymore
Daddy please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor
To the ones who never left me we’ve been down this road before
I’m so sorry I’m not sober anymore
Demi Lovato’s relapse song also reminds us of the need to be forgiven — by our family, our friends and, yes, ourselves. That, in the end, we’re all only human. And humans, treated humanely, do have the capacity to bounce back.
I’m sorry that I’m here again
I promise I’ll get help
It wasn’t my intention
I’m sorry to myself
Yes, Demi Lovato’s relapse song hurts. But it’s not without hope. For no matter how much we’ve hurt — ourselves and others — there still lies the capacity to heal. We here at the Schnellenberger Family Foundation know this, first-hand. And we’re committed to helping others come to know this too. So that one day nobody has to sing a song like “Sober” anymore.