Close friends of actress-singer Demi Lovato are reportedly concerned about her low-key lifestyle these days. According to reports, well-meaning pals fear of a possible relapse, especially since she is in the company of her new boyfriend whom she met during her rehab.

Lovato is now reported to be living on her own in an apartment located in San Fernando Valley. While living alone is nothing to be worried about in general, the alarming part is that the singer has shunned from seeing most people and has even cut ties with those closest to her, even her trusted circle of friends.

But Lovato’s decision to live alone and refuse to see her old pals is not the only thing that got them worried. Another reason for their concern is that she is reportedly in the company of her new boyfriend, fashion designer Henri Levy, whom she met during her rehab.

Lovato just finished a three-month rehab after a drug overdose incident on July 24, 2018, on her Hollywood Hills home in California. Since then, she had opted to move to her current apartment and put up her home for sale. She is also reported to be inseparable from Levy and refused to see her old pals.

“Demi has cut off contact with all of the people that love her and care about her and she is spending every single second with Henri,” an unnamed source told Radar Online.

The concerns raised by Lovato’s friends are actually valid. According to the Michigan-based residential treatment facility Skywood Recovery Center, having romantic relationships during the early stage of recovery is actually a bad idea. The reason is that romantic relationships will always have tumultuous episodes. During these trying times where a person is hurt or angered, it is highly likely that he might seek “some type of consolation for the pain.”

“Experiencing romantic hardships can lead to an unnecessarily high level of risk for relapse,” the treatment facility wrote on its site.

Another risk is that having a relationship might create a new kind of dependency. There is not much difference between romance addiction and drug addiction. In fact, substance use and romantic relationships activate the same parts of the brain. This means that when a relationship goes sour, the recovering person can easily substitute the thrill of romance with drug or alcohol use.