Demi Lovato vows to “keep fighting” after overdose
After being hospitalized for an overdose in late July, Demi Lovato says she is taking time to focus on her sobriety and “road to recovery.”
“I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction,” Lovato wrote in a letter posted to her Instagram on Sunday. “What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet.”
Lovato has long been an outspoken advocate for addiction and mental health treatment and has been very open about her own experiences with addiction and eating disorders. She has been featured on this site several times in the past for her willingness to talk about her struggles and experiences, as well as her advocacy work.
In 2010, the singer and actress made national headlines when she abruptly left a tour to “seek medical treatment for emotional and physical issues.” She was soon diagnosed with bipolar disorder and checked into a sober house to recover.
In March, she announced that she had been sober for six years. However, there has been increasing evidence that she was struggling to maintain her sobriety. In a recent single, “Sober,” she indicates that she had relapsed and expressed her trouble balancing her own life and experiences with her desire to be a role model.
Then, on the morning of July 24, Lovato was rushed to a hospital after reportedly overdosing. While little has been confirmed to the public about the event, sources apparently told the Los Angeles Times that Lovato was treated with Narcan, which is used to counteract opioid overdoses.
In her first public statement after the overdose, Lovato said she thanked God “for keeping me alive and well,” along with her fans who, whose “positive thoughts and prayers helped me navigate through this difficult time.”
“I now need time to heal and focus on my sobriety and road to recovery,” Lovato wrote in her Instagram post on Sunday. “The love you have all shown me will never be forgotten and I look forward to the day where I can say I came out on the other side.”
“I will keep fighting,” she added.
If you believe you or someone you love may be struggling with addiction or mental health issues, please call Brookhaven for help at 888-298-HOPE (4673). We can answer any questions you have and find the right treatment plan for you.