Can Rehab Save Demi Lovato? Experts Weigh In

Can Rehab Save Demi Lovato? Experts Weigh In-photo

Teen star Demi Lovato is in rehab reportedly for issues dealing with a past history of eating disorders and self-harm. Experts tell Celebuzz that the young celeb could overcome this issues and move on with her career – but only if she recieves the proper treatment.

Demi's rep confirmed that the starlet checked into a treatment center this weekend for "emotional and physical issue." According to People, the young Disney star had battled problems with eating disorders and cutting in the past, leading many to believe that Demi was seeking treatment for those issues.

While fans are concerned about Demi's health, many are wondering if the star will be able to recover from these issues and continue on with her career.

Celebuzz spoke with two experts about Demi's alleged problems and they both agreed that the Sonny with a Chance star can overcome her personal problems with the proper treatment.

Lynn Grefe, the CEO of National Eating Disorders Association, told Celebuzz in a statement that Demi – and other people with eating disorders – can move on from their disorders with good help.

"While we cannot speak to any specific case or Demi Lovato’s health, we can assure the public that people do get well from eating disorders, especially if they are motivated to do so," Lynn said. "Cases vary, and the longer a person struggles the harder it can be to recover, but gratefully most do get well if they receive appropriate treatment."

As your readers may know, eating disorders have the highest death rate of any mental illness," Lynn continued, "So it is vital that people do get the help they need as soon as possible.”

According to People, Demi had often had issues dealing with her weight. "She definitely had body-image issues," and insider tells the magazine, "She was always conscious of her weight."

The 17-year-old star also told the magazine that her "You Make Me Beautiful" tattoo on her rib was meant to remind her of the help she had when she had self-image issues.

Watch Demi battle the Hollywood norm in her "La La Land" music video.

Meanwhile, Wendy Lader, the President of S.A.F.E. Alternatives, an organization that helps young people who perform self-injury, says that self-harm is also an issue that people can and do overcome through treatment.

"We don't look at this as something like an addiction where you are always addicted," says Wendy, "It's a coping strategy [...] Self-injury is a coping strategy like bulimia and anorexia – they are coping strategies that are meant to modulate emotional states and emotions. So, when people are feeling too much and they don't want to [feel], self-injury can have a calming effect."

However, Wendy explains, self-injury isn't a real solution to dealing with your problems. When treating people who use self-injury, Wendy says that her organization "encourages people to not use their coping strategy" and instead "deal with their emotions."

A family friend tells People that Demi was always very in touch with her emotions. ""She's very sensitive, very intuitive and that is part of what makes her a wonderful performer – very talented. It is double-edged sword. I think she felt that the hard time she had [in school], problems with kids who were incredibly vicious made her stronger. But none of us feels strong every day."

Hopefully Demi will get the help that she needs and will be ready to take the world by storm with her amazing talent.

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  • Supporter of Demi
    Supporter of Demi

    The only person who fully knows what Demi has gone through, exactly what things have occured in her life, and what she has had to deal with is Demi herself. No matter what Demi has gone through, it is important for her to be supported. NO ONE deserves to be put down, make fun of, ridiculed, or any other negative thing. Issues such as eating disorders and cutting are not subjects that should be taken lightly. None of us have any right to judge or assume things about people (especially people that we don't even truly know). I hope that Demi gets well, and let her story be a lesson that fame is not all that it is cut out to be, and that bullying is never right. I hope Demi recovers and gets well, and I think she is COMPLETELY healthy looking, BEAUTIFUL, and TALENTED.

  • psychokittyd
    psychokittyd

    i could tell that she was gonna have a mental breakdown eventually. LOL i like her and all but i just knew it.

  • tei71011
    tei71011

    [quote=Lissette Hernandez Gomez]lol really wow i still think she looked better when she was in the first camp rock lol but hey selena gomez is way better demi is wayyy better

  • Vanessa
    Vanessa

    she's a BIG rolemodel to me and she'll always be...'til death!!...oo and too ALL the haters ..YOU ARE JUST SO JEALOUS OF HER!!...-.- #iprayfordemi

  • Vanessa
    Vanessa

    Wow! You would never had thought that a girl that looks sooo happy all the time has these kinds of problems! Demi you are my romodel and forever will be until i die. I hope you get better fast. And rest!!! You really need it. Stay strong girll love yaaaa ...I'M WITH YOU GIRL!!..:)

  • christina
    christina

    get well soon demi .....i hope she didnt hurt no one...

  • Ramona
    Ramona

    i feel like a geek. i cried wen i read this :( demi is beautiful and shud think nothing different. get well demi

  • Demiisforever
    Demiisforever

    Get Well Demi, I love you to death and you don't deserve to be hurt. Just stay safe, and I know you'll get better. Lots of love to you.

  • Sarahhhh
    Sarahhhh

    Wow! You would never had thought that a girl that looks sooo happy all the time has these kinds of problems! Demi you are my romodel and forever will be until i die. I hope you get better fast. And rest!!! You really need it. Stay strong girll love yaaaa

  • Amandaaa
    Amandaaa

    freakin haters, they drove her to this whole bulemia thing..... ive been crushed by this as a HUGEEEE Demi fan but i'm so incredibly proud of her for getting herself help. you have no idea how proud i am that she admitted it and got help. Stay strong Demi

  • Poppyy
    Poppyy

    I think it's sad that she feels so pressured to look good that this has had to happen at such a young age =( I think she is beautiful and I love her

  • L.A. angel
    L.A. angel

    These People don't even know her so how can they pychoanalyze her and her chances of getting better if something is even wrong. hollywood is full of complete lies.

  • ivangelin
    ivangelin

    Get well soon Demi!!! I love u and miss u soooo much!!! P.S You are already a SHAWTY : ) Plus u r very talented~

  • ivangelin
    ivangelin

    Demi, u must get well soon! Everyone loves u ,and I miss u !!! P.S You're already a SHAWTY!!!!!!!!

  • Fan
    Fan

    Ok first, she is not in rehab. It is simply a treatment facility. Kind of like a hospital where you get therapy. I assume that a back up dancer was harassing Demi. Which caused her to cut herself. See she is not involved in drugs. She even said her mom would straight back up if she did. I am a HUGE fan of her. My other thought was she was still really sad watching Joe with Ashley and thought she was a bad person so she cut herself. I am support her. Demi will get back her self esteem. None of ur are made u could not finish the tour. We all are praying for u. - A Loyal Fan

  • maria
    maria

    get well soon demi.. we love u,,

  • girl
    girl

    its all a publicity stunt. also as a former cutter u dont just get to "deal with their emotions." really. its just a publicity stunt

  • Nina
    Nina

    Wow... I think is a very wise decision to seek for a treatment on time..... But Demi: YOU ARE REALLY GORGEOUS INSIDE AND OUT!!!!!!! I would just do ANYTHING to look like you!! AND you know you have SO MANY people that trully love you.!!!!!! Get well soon!

  • Nina
    Nina

    Wow... I think is a very wise decision to seek for a treatment on time..... But Demi: YOU ARE REALLY GEORGEOUS INSIDE AND OUT!!!!!!! I would just do ANYTHING to look like you!! AND you know you have SO MANY people that trully love you.!!!!!! Get well soon!

  • c-arou
    c-arou

    I knew it!

  • vale
    vale

    this is so sad... she should realize she IS gorgeous in and out... I would feel sad too if my boyfriend dumped me for someone like ashley greene that looks like a supermodel... what a blow... she should realize at least people LIKE demi... I thinkl she's the most talented singer out there

  • Lissette Hernandez Gomez
    Lissette Hernandez Gomez

    lol really wow i still think she looked better when she was in the first camp rock lol but hey selena gomez is way better

  • Naiomi
    Naiomi

    get well soon demi :') ashley greene is a bitch, but you, you're a babe. And you're super beautiful too, i would kill for looks like yours! xx

  • Emina
    Emina

    i miss her already!!!

 
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