Singer JoJo Opens Up About Her Father’s Addiction in This Video

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Drug addiction does not discriminate against the rich or poor, and it is definitely no stranger to those in the limelight as well as their loved ones.

Singer and songwriter JoJo knows this all too well, and she has come forward about the death of her father last year due to drug abuse. “His death honestly felt like it came out of nowhere… and yet I had been mourning him for years,” the singer stated, revealing the catastrophic effect of addiction on not only the abuser but the ones closest to them.

Joanna Levesque, better known as JoJo, lost her father Joel to drug abuse complications at the age of 60 late last year. Her father was a blues singer, and she states that he contributed to her love and passion for music.

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“I promise I will keep singing for you,” JoJo wrote on a heartfelt Instagram post last November. JoJo realized that her father had a problem with opioids when she was a teenager, but she never felt she had the tools or resources to get him the help he needed, and she points out that many people from her upbringing of New England are suffering from this disease and losing their lives as a result.

In a recent installment of Vevo’s “Why I Vote” series, singer JoJo revealed that she aims to vote for politicians that focus on public health programs that help those suffering from opioid addiction, according to Rolling Stone.


JoJo encourages the rise of programs that do not condemn addicts but rather assist and work with them for a better life. “Throwing an addict in jail is not doing anything to help the problem. We’re wasting our money, we’re misusing our resources,” she stated, emphasizing the need for the attitude we have towards addiction and those affected by it.

Drug addiction affects many around the world, and it is crucial for those looking to make a change to come forward and speak on the need for change. Singer JoJo has used her fame as a platform for drug addiction and the need for treatment reform in order to reach more addicts and change more lives. Drug abuse tears families as well as communities apart, and it is important to make sure those affected receive the proper treatment and care before it is too late.

Did you know an addiction can be caused by a mental disorder?

One of the primary reasons that mental disorders and substance abuse so often go hand-in-hand is that drugs and alcohol can provide an escape from the pressures of mental health problems. Self-medicating is surprisingly common: you’re not alone.

But unlike real, effective, long-term solutions, such as medication and detoxification in a treatment center, drugs and alcohol won’t amount to effective treatment.

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