Demi Lovato on Her Overdose: 'This Illness Is Not Something That Disappears or Fades With Time'


Demi Lovato has released her first public statement since suffering an overdose last month.

“I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction,” the 25-year-old singer wrote in an Instagram post 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.”

Here’s the post in full:

Lovato was rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles on July 24, after her assistant reportedly found her in unconscious at home. Reports say she overdosed on an unspecified opioid, and though paramedics were able to revive her, she experienced complications and has still not been released.

Lovato has long been open about her battle with addiction, and was able to sustain six years of sobriety before her recent relapse. Early reports suggested she would go straight to rehab upon her release from the hospital, and it does appear from Lovato’s statement that she’ll be fighting to get sober as soon as she’s out.

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