For years child actress and singer Demi Lovato has been a vocal advocate for addiction recovery and mental health awareness. Through her partnership with Be Vocal: Speak Up, Demi shared her own experiences with bipolar disorder and co-occurring substance abuse disorders, encouraging many of her young fans to open up about their own struggles with self-harm, addiction, and mental health. The 2017 documentary Simply Complicated gave a candid view into her personal journey and created opportunities for earnest conversation and understanding. Most recently, Lovato opened up about relapsing after six years of sobriety through her newest single, “Sober”, with powerful lyrics like:
I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know why
I do it every, every, every time
It’s only when I’m lonely
Sometimes I just wanna cave
And I don’t want to fight
I try and I try and I try and I try and I try
Just hold me, I’m lonely
The lyrics go on to confess her experience with relapse, apologizing to her family, friends, and fans. While many commended Lovato for continuing to be candid about the realities of long-term recovery, others reacted with concern driven by misconceptions and misinformation perpetuated by social stigmas.
Unfortunately, a few days after a troubled performance of “Sober” in which she appeared to forget the lyrics, paramedics reported to Demi Lovato’s Hollywood Hills home after an apparent heroin overdose. Reports state that Lovato was revived using the anti-overdose medication, Narcan, and taken to a Los Angeles area hospital where she is now stable and awake, surrounded by family.
Before jumping to judgements and passing criticisms, it’s important to remember that addiction is a chronic disease. Relapse begins in the mind long before the actual act of using; emotional and situational triggers are sometimes too powerful to bare. There is no shame is starting over- having the opportunity to is a blessing. Demi Lovato has been a powerful voice in the fight against substance abuse and with this momentary stumble in her own path, she is continuing to represent the reality of addiction for many people in recovery. Safe Landing wishes her all the best in her continued efforts to lead a clean and sober life. We will continue to cheer her on every step of the way.
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