updated 08/25/2015 AT 8:16 PM ET
•originally published 07/19/2013 AT 11:35 AM ET
The Pop-Tarts Crazy Good Summer concert performer, 20 – who completed treatment for emotional and physical issues in January 2011 – opened up about substance abuse more than a year later, explaining, “Promoters gave me drugs and alcohol in restaurants or clubs. They wanted me to come back so I would be seen there Being a celebrity can be dangerous. Nobody says ‘no.’ That’s why so many end up overdosing and dying. It could definitely have happened to me.”
Now, with news of Monteith’s death from a mixture of heroin and alcohol, The X Factor panelist, who launched the Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program in June, hopes this tragedy will at least spread awareness.