Lala Kent has blasted ‘California sober’ as disrespectful towards those working ‘really hard’ to be completely abstinent.
‘It’s not a real thing,’ Lala, 31, said on Watch What Happens Live after a viewer asked how she felt about Vanderpump Rules star Raquel Leviss calling her fiance James Kennedy ‘California sober.’
‘I don’t like it’: Lala Kent has blasted ‘California sober’ as disrespectful towards those working ‘really hard’ to overcome addiction
Lala, who has been sober since October 2018, took issue with the method once again during her appearance on WWHL.
‘The term is dry, and I’m obviously in the program. I’m with a lot of incredible men and women who do everything in their power to never pick up any sort of substance,’ she said on WWHL. ‘So to hear someone say, “I’m California sober,” it doesn’t sit right with me. Because I’m a person who only drank and smoked weed and almost lost my entire life. So, I don’t like it.
‘The smallest amount of anything could potentially — you could fall off the wagon,’ she continued.
‘So for me, I just think… just don’t disrespect people who work really hard to never pick up anything and remain in their right frame of mind at all times.’
‘It’s not a real thing,’ Lala, 31, said on Watch What Happens Live after a viewer asked how she felt about Vanderpump Rules star Raquel Leviss calling her fiance James Kennedy ‘California sober’
‘You could fall off the wagon’: Kent, who has been sober since October 2018, took issue with the method
Earlier this year, when asked about Demi Lovato, Lala said the strategy was ‘super offensive’ to those working hard to fight addiction.
Kent explained how disrespectful the idea feels to people who work hard to be 100% substance-free, saying: ‘I don’t like to judge, but I actually think that that’s super offensive.’
‘If you’re drinking and smoking weed, you’re not sober,’ she added later during her appearance on David Yontef’s Behind The Velvet Rope podcast in July.
Not a fan: Kent previously said she thinks Demi Lovato’s idea of being ‘California sober’ is ‘super offensive’ to people working hard to fight addiction. The non-binary singer allows themself to drink alcohol and smoke cannabis ‘in moderation’
‘There are people out there who work their ass off to never take themselves out of reality and to never place themselves in an altered state,’ Kent explained, adding there are some who won’t even take ‘DayQuil or NyQuil’ because of the side effects.
‘So to say that you’re like California sober or this type of sober is extremely offensive,’ Kent went on.
She finished by dismissing the idea that ‘California sober’ even exists, saying: ‘…I’ve been in rooms with men and women who have given up everything just to not pick up.’
Advocating complete abstinence, LaLa said: ‘You’re not sober if you’re drinking or you’re smoking weed, you are not sober.’
The Bravo star has been a vocal advocate for Alcoholics Anonymous since quitting drugs and alcohol after spiraling out of control following her father’s sudden death.
Off the sauce: ‘There are people out there who work their ass off to never take themselves out of reality and to never place themselves in an altered state,’ Kent explained, adding there are some who won’t even take ‘DayQuil or NyQuil’ because of the side effects
For him: Lala, who got sober in 2018 after a bender prompted by her dad’s sudden death, says she ‘swears by’ Alcoholics Anonymous and their 12-step program
Then: Talking about AA in 2019, she said ‘It exists and it’s saving my life.’ LaLa is seen in a much more chaotic state above on Vanderpump Rules
In 2019, she told Page Six: ‘I swear by the program of AA.’
‘I know that old-timers will hate me for talking about the program because of it being an anonymous program. But there is a generation, my generation, that’s struggling and they need to know about this program. It exists and it’s saving my life.’
Lovato opened up about their current relationship with substances in the tell-all documentary Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil, admitting they’ve ‘been smoking weed and drinking in moderation.’
‘I’ve learned that it doesn’t work for me to say that I’m never going to do this again. I know I’m done with the stuff that’s going to kill me, right?’ said Lovato, who survived a near-fatal overdose of heroin and fentanyl in 2018.
‘Telling myself that I can never have a drink or smoke marijuana, I feel like that’s setting myself up for failure because I am such a black-and-white thinker.
‘I had it drilled into my head for so many years that one drink was equivalent to a crack pipe,’ the Disney Channel alum said.
Balance: Talking about their recovery strategy earlier this year, Demi said there ‘isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution’ to health sobriety and that their approach won’t work for everyone. They’re seen in March 2021 above
They have since embraced the term ‘California sober,’ even using the phrase as the title of a track of their last album.
The lyrics allude to Demi’s approach, saying: ‘I’m California sober/ It doesn’t have to mean the growin’ part is over/ No, it ain’t black or white, it’s all of the colors.’
Lovato has stressed that there isn’t a ‘one-size-fits-all solution’ to substance abuse and that their methods might not work for others.
Talking to CBS Sunday Morning in March, they said: ‘I also don’t want people to hear that and think that they can go out and try having a drink or smoking a joint, you know?’
‘Because it isn’t for everybody. Recovery isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. You shouldn’t be forced to get sober if you’re not ready. You shouldn’t get sober for other people. You have to do it for yourself.’
‘I am cautious to say that, just like I feel the complete abstinence method isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for everybody. I don’t think that this journey of moderation is a one-size-fits-all solution for everybody, too.’