IN THE TREATMENT OF ADULT WOMEN, we often hold discussions on powerful women being “warriors” in recovery, overcoming the trials of an eating disorder and likely other hardships.
IN WORKING WITH ADOLESCENT GIRLS, I sometimes hear comments on how “sweet” the work of younger girls must be by comparison, or sometimes even how “sad” it must be to see younger girls’ struggle. In response, I routinely say that these girls are the truest warriors – a path less refined by age, but sometimes with just as many battle marks.
SO, HOW DO WE EMPOWER our adolescent girls to be warriors in their recovery while also holding space for them to stay at a developmentally-appropriate place in their life and recovery work?
25-year-old American singer, songwriter, and actress, Demi Lovato was found lying unconscious in her home on Tuesday after a suspected overdose. She is currently recovering and receiving treatment at a hospital in LA. Lovato has stated how she has previously had issues dealing with eating disorders, self-harm, addiction, and mental health problems. She had also made a documentary regarding her struggles that affected her daily life along with trying to stay sober, but in June 2018 Lovato released a new song titled Sober in which she sings “I’m not sober anymore.” Her documentary went on explaining how these problems began at a very young age, such as having suicidal thoughts and bulimia when she was only 10 years old, and trying cocaine for the first time when she was 17. Even before starting the hit series on Disney Channel’s “Sonny with a Chance” and “Camp Rock,” she had been a huge target for bullying. There were many struggles and pressures on her as she drove quickly to fame at such a young age. Lovato is currently receiving lots of support from fans and celebrities throughout social media while wishing her a quick recovery.