Demi Lovato speaks out about Cory Monteith's drug abuse

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Demi Lovato is no stranger to struggling with emotional and physical issues -- she even launched the Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program in June for others who need help. And in light of Cory Monteith's sudden and tragic death due to a lethal combination of heroin and alcohol, she hopes the "Glee" star's tragedy will at least help spread awareness.

"All it takes is one moment of vulnerability to get slipped into your addiction," Lovato said in an interview with People magazine. "It's not a choice. Nobody chooses to use. He didn't choose to die. It was the disease. It can creep up on you at any moment. It only takes one moment of relapse to potentially die. It's really scary, but I'm really hoping that from this, people are able to see this is a very, very, very dangerous disease."

The singer and "X Factor" judge has had her own struggles in the past, and says that she deals with her issues daily. "[My friends] can turn 21 and have their turn-21st-birthday," Lovato said. "I don't think that I - I just don't put myself in those situations where I'm going to be at those 21st birthdays. I don't go to clubs. I just know it's something I can't do without being triggered. And that's okay."

As for Monteith's girlfriend, fellow "Glee" star Lea Michele, Lovato had these touching words to say: "The main person in my thoughts is Lea. I am praying for her so hard and I love her so much. I'm wishing her a lot of strength right now."

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