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It's not news that Demi Lovato has had a ridiculously tough year, following her opioid overdose and subsequent trip to rehab in the past six months. 

After taking time away from the spotlight, the 26-year-old singer has finally returned to the 'gram for an important cause: to encourage her fans to vote in the US mid-term elections.

She posted this today from her polling place:

"I am so grateful to be home in time to vote! One vote can make a difference, so make sure your voice is heard!"

Lovato isn't the only celebrity to display their political standpoints and show their stance, but Demi's is all the more valuable for the struggle she is currently enduring following 90 days of sobriety.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The former child star was admitted to a rehabilitation facility on July 24 after suffering an opioid overdose in her Hollywood Hills mansion, currently on sale for €8.995 million.

She stayed in Beverley Hills hospital for almost two weeks before seeking in-patient treatment for her addiction, which she has suffered with throughout her life, alongside mental illness and eating disorders.

The star entered a treatment facility in 2010 for bipolar disorder, self-harm, addiction and bulimia, but relapsed after leaving the centre. Following this, she entered a sober living facility for a year, and celebrated six years of sobriety in March.

Her July overdose shocked fans and the famous alike. It followed the release of her semi-autobiographical single, Sober in June.

Her previous Instagram post is a selfie from July 23, the day before entering rehab, without a caption. She appears to have been dispelling fan fears that her life had ended as a result of the overdose:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The singer thanked her friends and family for their support during her troubles, and has been silent ever since. Today, she has used her platform to encourage a higher voter turnout.

Her mother, Dianna De La Garza,  has recently spoken out about her daughter's advancement: “Yes, she has 90 days and I couldn’t be more thankful or more proud of her because addiction being a disease, it’s work."

"She’s getting the help she needs. And that, in itself, encourages me about her future and about the future of our family.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 26-year-old singer was spotted by paparazzi out for the first time in Los Angeles last weekend, leading the public to believe that she has finished her stint at an addiction facility.

She went out to dinner with friend and designer Henry Levy, TMZ reported.

Her mother has been especially vocal about how grateful their family is that Demi is alive:

“I just feel like the reason she’s alive today is because of the millions of prayers that went up that day, when everybody found out what was happening,” she said.

“I don’t think she would be here if it hadn’t been for those prayers. I couldn’t have asked for a better team of people to save her life.”

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It's absolutely no secret that January drags its heels.

But if you think the days are long, the nights have been even longer for many of us who have chosen to embark upon a self-induced month of sobriety.

If you appear to have a swapped a sozzled night for a sleepless one, you're not alone.

According to a report in Metro, this response to a lack of alcohol is by no means rare, with Dr Natasha Bijlani, a consultant psychiatrist at The Priory Hospital in Roehampton, providing insights into the phenomenon.

"Most people don’t know that if they quit drinking and remain sober they are likely to have significant sleep problems long after they stop drinking," she confirmed.    

So, what exactly is going on beneath the surface? And why is our attempt at a healthy lifestyle interrupting our precious hours of shut-eye?

"Alcohol use influences sleeping patterns and it can take the body a bit of time to adjust to a normal sleep cycle that is not chemically induced," Dr Bijlani explained.

"In addition, the symptoms of withdrawal such as restless leg syndrome or anxiety can be uncomfortable and these may keep people awake at night.’

So, if you have been staring at the ceiling for most of January, you can rest assured your neighbours are probably doing the same.

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Christmas is all about giving back, and this year it's all about celebrating the real unsung heroes of the festive season – the designated drivers.

The good folk at Coca-Cola are encouraging the people of Ireland to stay sober on nights out and give the 'Gift of a Lift' this Christmas to ensure everyone gets home safely.

What better way to show your love and appreciation for family and friends than by offering the 'gift of a lift', so they enjoy all the fun of Christmas and get home hassle-free?

In support of these selfless designated drivers, Coca-Cola will once again offer two free drinks at participating bars across the Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Choose from the Coca-Cola range or a 'Coketail' – an exciting non-alcoholic drink created especially for those giving the 'gift of a lift' this Christmas.

With digital vouchers that can be stored on smartphones, it's now easier than ever to claim your well-deserved treat.

Vouchers are available by free texting Coca-Cola to 50015 in the Republic of Ireland and 80800 in Northern Ireland.

Designated drivers can also scan the QR code displayed in participating bars and restaurants across the island.

For more information visit designateddriver.ie.

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SHEmazing! TV is here to deliver your round-up of all the Showbiz News.

Today’s highlights include:

  • Snoop Dog outsmarts the US Government
  • Shia LaBeouf sobers up for a special someone
  • Tulisa wastes no time in kickstarting her career
  • TOWIE star threatened to be raped
  • Selena Gomez has found a new man

Niamh Geaney reports.

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