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Teensavers salutes Demi Lovato for her bravery, and making children and parents aware that alcohol and drugs are out there.

Teen starlets have long been drinkers and drug users in the Hollywood scene.

We’ve scene our share of addicts. Some found sobriety. Others continue to be plagued with problems.

Demi Lovato may be the most recent victim.

But Lovato may be one of the first young celebrities to accuse club promoters of plying her with alcohol and drugs.

She told Fabulous magazine that in addition to her struggles with bulimia, depression, cutting, and bullying, she turned to drugs and alcohol to deal with her demons.

“Promoters gave me drugs and alcohol in restaurants or clubs,” she told Fabulous. “They wanted me to come back so I would be seen there. They were basically kissing my [expletive.]”

She says that “Nobody says ‘no.’ That’s why so many end up overdosing and dying. It could definitely have happened to me.”

Lovato’s honesty is refreshing to see. Many celebrities wouldn’t out being served at clubs and restaurants. 95% of them would take advantage of it. Numerous younger stars have been reported in 21 and over clubs and seen drinking by paparazzi and tabloid journalists.

A quick search of Google shows the very first result being a TMZ article from 2006, which reported that Jesse McCartney, the Olsen sisters, and Frankie Muniz were all underage and drinking.

In recent memory, no younger celebrity has come forward talking about the carte blanche lifestyle they are offered by club and restaurant owners.

Some of Lovato’s peers include singer-actress Selena Gomez. Gomez has appeared to live a clean lifestyle, and grabs more headlines for her romance with squeaky clean Justin Bieber.

Last year Bieber and Gomez were at a popular restaurant bar in Costa Mesa, a dark spot in the basement of a pretty obscure building. The two easily could have been drinking at the establishment, but all accounts were that the two were alcohol free.

Bieber, who has one of the largest followings of any celebrity should be applauded more for his ability to not fall into the party lifestyle many other famous teen celebs stumble into. He and Gomez are setting a great example.

Lovato, who has seemingly overcome her problems, should also be commended for publicly facing these issues. Teens and their parents can learn from these celebrities. Sure, their music is not what parents grew up listening to. But these kids are sending the right message. Lovato fell into a dark place, but sees the light, and encourages other kids to stay clean.

Parents need to have frequent talks with their kids about alcohol and drugs. They are killing our teens. Binge drinking, marijuana smoking, and prescription drugs plague our kids. Parents should be communicating with kids about night and weekend plans, who they are socializing with, and having conversations with them when they get home.

Parents shouldn’t be nervous or ashamed checking their kids for drugs and alcohol, and these days, noses don’t always know. Home drug testing is another option for parents. Many believe they could easily tell if their child was using, but typically they don’t discover the usage or the signs until their child is an addict.


In trying to deliver the message that drugs are all around our children, in our schools, and infiltrated within our community, Teensavers find many who refuse to believe substance abuse could affect their family.


Celebrities are certainly highlighting that substance abuse remains prevalent in society.

According to TMZ, Demi Moore is the latest celebrity to have a substance related health crisis.   Showing photos of Moore’s daughter Rumer pacing outside the hospital, TMZ reports that paramedics took Moore to the hospital Monday night.   TMZ’s latest report is that Moore is seeking professional assistance for her ailments.

Another Demi, who has already battled drug problems, Demi Lovato, could be headed back to rehab again.   Online gossip writer Perez Hilton originally reported that Lovato may have a hidden cocaine problem.   But in an online exclusive, Hilton says that Lovato’s reps told him, ““The story was fabricated. It is completely untrue.”

Thankfully, it appears Lovato is on the straight and narrow after getting her life back on track.

These two stories follow the Heather Locklear saga.   The actress also was hospitalized recently after a frantic 9-1-1 call.   TMZ reported that Locklear left the hospital in this story.   The rumor mill surrounding Locklear’s hospitalization was that the actress and a dangerous mixture of alcohol and pills in her system.   Of course, nobody with Locklear’s camp has confirmed this.

It’s tragic to see anyone battle substance abuse.   Unfortunately, the celebrities who do have issues, are glamorized by internet sites.   Maybe we need more celebrities to come out and warn kids about the dangers of drugs.   Children look up to these celebrities and maybe their anti-drug message could help keep kids off of drugs.

Melissa Gilbert openly discussed how drugs ravaged her family when she joined up with the partnership.org.     It was refreshing to hear her reveal that, as a parent, she had little idea her children could be using.   You can read an online interview from Gilbert here.

Melissa Gilbert‘s celebrity power may not reach teens.   After all, it’s been a long time since she was a teen star, and she’s no longer the Olsen Twins, Lindsay Lohan, or Demi Lovato of her day.    But that’s OK.    Gilbert, the new spokesperson for The partnership at drugfree.org, isn’t trying to share her message of sobriety with teens.    She’s reaching out to people her own age.

AOL contributor David Moye profiled Gilbert and her new mission; educating parents on teen drug use.   You can see all of David’s article on AOL, right here. Gilbert opens up with her family’s struggles.   She talks about one of her teen’s severe battle with drug use.    This is the type of role model parents need today.    Parents think they can recognize the sign of a teen’s drug use, but they can’t until it’s too late.

Gilbert’s best and most poignant quote to Moye, “”So, I just came to this epiphany that I had this kid who was addicted to cocaine and none of us had a clue, and if we were clueless, imagine how many other parents are clueless.”   Gilbert’s position as the spokesperson for The Partnership is a welcome sign to addiction counselors and treatment specialists.

Tim Chapman, founder of the Chapman House rehab more than 30 years ago, says this is the positive role model parents need.   “Sometimes parents have to stop and say, “gee, if this could happen to Melissa Gilbert’s children, this could happen to my kids.””   Chapman applauds Gilbert’s active role in educating parents.   “Schools are educating kids.  We (counselors) are educating kids.   Sadly, parents are not educating their kids.   Adults sometimes believe that it’s a given that kids just know that drugs are bad.   If it takes a celebrity to preach what I’ve been preaching for thirty years, I am all for it.   My stance has always been that if you educating parents, you keep the family drug free.”

Chapman recommends that parents utilize Teensavers home drug tests to help keep their kids in check.   “I’ve heard all of the possible arguments from both parents and teens why the drug tests shouldn’t be in the home,” says Chapman.   “I tell every single one of them that there is no stronger argument for them, than a funeral for a child.”

Chapman’s words ring true from thousands of families who have lost a child to drug use.    Testing for drugs isn’t invasive or breaking a family bond.   Home drug testing can bring a family closer together.