Demi Lovato went into rehab at the age of 18 because of a substance abuse problem. Having started her career in acting out so young, she was set up to fail from the get go. It is difficult to withstand the pressures and to live up to expectations. It is not unusual for a child star to have such issues. She has also had an eating disorder and some mental health issues too. She was rushed to the hospital for what was thought to be an overdose. It turned out not to be that serious but she did relapse from a time of sobriety after treatment and that is always serious.
The poor girl comes from a troubled family so along with the pressure stardom brought along with it, she didn't have much of a chance. Now that she has recieved some professional help, however, there is more chance for her to succeed in her personal life and then, secondary, as an actress.