The last few years have been full of ups and downs for singer/superstar Demi Lovato, who is known for processing their very public battle with addiction through their music. Now, their latest song about addiction “Skin of My Teeth” goes back to their rock roots. The song isn’t just punk rock for being edgy — it’s calling out how we treat people with addiction head-on. In the chorus, Demi declares:
In these lines, Demi seems to be communicating how recovery is an uphill battle. Asking why they went back to treatment or relapsed doesn’t help them. Asking someone with addiction why they aren’t perfect and how they fell from grace again is like asking a patient with an illness why they aren’t better after treatment. Those questions aren’t helpful, and the why doesn’t always matter.
The next part of the chorus hits it on the head:
Here, Demi expresses they feel like they won’t ever be fully free because addiction is a disease that needs to be treated. It is something they may have to live with for the rest of their life. There is something powerful about owning that. In the past, we’ve been exposed to false images about what it looks like to overcome and be “free of addiction.” The message that overcoming addiction is like escaping some evil world forever, that you have conquered it, and the battle is finished once you finally become sober is problematic.
It’s a powerful statement: Demi says they want to be free from the pain that addiction has caused them, but they can’t because addiction is a disease. A disease that doesn’t have a one-time, fix-all cure. It doesn’t mean they are giving up or going back to their old ways — but Demi is acknowledging addiction is a journey they need to continue working on even when they’re
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