Singer-songwriter Demi Lovato performs at Bridgestone Arena on September 7, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)
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By Samantha Cooney
September 9, 2016
Samantha Cooney is the content strategy editor at TIME.

Demi Lovato is thriving after receiving treatment for depression, bulimia and substance abuse.

In an interview with CBS’ Sunday Morning that will air on Sept. 11, the singer revealed that she had became a co-owner of CAST Centers, a Los Angeles-based rehab and sober living facility where Lovato received treatment in 2013.

In 2010, at age 18, the former Disney star entered rehab to seek treatment for substance abuse, depression and bulimia. In 2013, she said that she had been living at the sober living facility. She’s since made it a mission to help others living with mental illness, even speaking out on the topic at the Democratic National Convention in July.

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“It sounds ridiculous but, like, I kind of made a pact with God,” Lovato told CBS. “And I don’t even think you’re supposed to do that, but I was, like, I promised, ‘If you make me a singer one day, I’m going to use my voice for so much more than singing, and I’m going to help people with it.’”

CAST announced in June that it would host speakers and group discussions on every stop of Lovato’s current tour, which she’s headlining alongside Nick Jonas.

Lovato told CBS she’s learned to function without drugs or alcohol.

“And because of that,” Lovato told CBS, “I’m now sitting here right now alive and more successful than I’ve ever been.”

[CBS News]

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