Demi Lovato to Enter Rehab Facility for an Extended Period of Time

August 6, 2018

It’s been about two weeks since singer, songwriter, actress Demi Lovato was rushed to the hospital due to an alleged overdose. While it’s unclear which substance threatened the life of the 25-year-old star,  a 9-1-1 call was placed after an all-night party and after several weeks of reports claiming she was struggling with drugs. Initially, some raised concerns about the possibility of the Camp Rock actress suffering some degree of brain damage, but fortunately, Lovato was reported to be in stable condition. And indeed, the “Sober” singer was discharged from the hospital on Saturday and was flown to a leading rehab facility outside the state of California. “This approach was based on what worked for Demi in the past when she lived in an in-patient rehabilitation center over a year,” a source said.

Lovato released a statement on the topic of her ordeal thanking her fans through Instagram. She wrote:

“I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction. 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. I want to thank God for keeping me alive and well. To my fans, I am forever grateful for all of your love and support throughout this past week and beyond. Your positive thoughts and prayers have helped me navigate through this difficult time. I want to thank my family, my team, and the staff at Cedars-Sinai who have been by my side this entire time. Without them, I wouldn’t be here writing this letter to all of you. I now need time to heal and focus on my sobriety and road to recovery. 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.”

In the past, Demi has been open about her struggles with bipolar disorder, addiction, eating disorders, and self-harm. In 2013, the “Confident” singer released a book entitled Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year as well as a YouTube documentary exploring aspects of her personal life and career called Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated in 2017. And things seemed promising for Demi in March of 2017 when she celebrated her five-year anniversary of sobriety. But within the course of a year, she released the song “Sober” revealing she’d relapsed.

Lovato’s team is willing to do whatever it takes to protect the star during her time of vulnerability. For instance, they are “weeding out” toxic influences from her life whether it be negative family members, unhealthy friendships, or drug users. The goal is to give her the best chances of success during her time in rehab as well as when she’s ready to move on with her life.

According to reports, Demi’s loved ones saw her through two week’s worth of detoxing in the hospital including extreme nausea and high fever related to the overdose–and towards the end, they were relieved to see Demi decide to pursue further steps to address her addiction. A source said that Demi was alarmed to discover just how quickly her addiction came to dominate her life, saying, “She regrets letting it get this far because she has a tremendous amount of support. She also realizes her first instinct as an addict was to pull away and isolate herself from her family and true friends. She feels confused and overwhelmed because she thought her life was going well until it all came crashing down so fast. She never realized how bad it had become.”

But the source acknowledged that eventually, once Lovato is ready to leave rehab, she’ll be faced with a lot of hard decisions. “Demi’s a grown adult, so there’s really nothing her loved ones can do to force her to do anything at this point. Ultimately, it’s going to be up to her to decide who she chooses to keep in her life going forward,” the person said.

If you or someone you know is currently battling substance abuse, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers support through its 24-hour treatment-referral hotline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). Also, FindTreatment.samhsa.gov gives confidential assistance to those in need. In case of a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.

Demi Lovato Launches Mental Health Awareness Campaign

May 28, 2015

You might best recognize Demi Lovato for her three-octave vocal range singing hit songs like Give Your Heart a Break and Here We Go Again; or maybe you most associate Demi with her acting performances in the Disney Channel’s television film Camp Rock, and her own TV series Sonny with a Chance. Perhaps you might even remember her debut as a child actress playing Angela in Barney & Friends along side Selena Gomez!

Well, this week Lovato has come forward to launch both her own record label as well as a new mental health awareness campaign. Her partners in the record label, Safehouse Records, are Nick Jonas and their manager, Phil McIntyre. McIntyre has managed Demi since she was 15 years old, and she credits him for literally saving her life as she struggled with bipolar disorder and substance abuse. “When so many others had given up on me, he never did,” Lovato recently shared on Instagram. “He told me he cared too much about me to watch me self-destruct. Therefore at the very end of my drinking and using he gave me one last chance. Get sober and he’ll stay, or he’d have to leave.” Demi, in turn, chose rehabilitation and has been sober just over three years now. She continued to say that as her life was spiraling out of control, McIntyre told her he would “fight this battle with [her] every step of the way.” He proved himself to be more than a manager–but as an “extremely important person” in her life.

Lovato has spoken openly in the past about being bullied during her school years, struggling with an eating disorder, cutting, as well as abusing drugs and alcohol. Hitting rock bottom, she sought help, and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder much to her surprise. Fortunately, Demi now asserts she “couldn’t be happier” and is “living well with [her] mental illness.” In fact, her experiences have ignited a passion to help others who are dealing with similar struggles. This week, she announced her new mental health awareness campaign, Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health. Actually it is a joint campaign with five mental health organizations, and seeks to remove the stigma associated with mental illness, and to help embolden people to have open conversations about it. She is encouraging sufferers to talk honestly about their illness with doctors to find the best treatment; to speak about what they’re going through to family and friends; and to find a good support system. Indeed, she encourages people to help create better support systems in their communities by writing letters to Congress as advocates of change. “There’s so many different ways you can help. I think together as a country we have to step up and we have to do something about this issue that is becoming quite an epidemic,” Lovato shared with People.

Demi explains this is such an important step for her because she has battled with bipolar disorder over the course of many years, and she stated, “Also my father had schizophrenia and bipolar disorder as well, and I watched him live a very unfortunate life because of the lack of access to treatment. So it’s very personal to me. I just think mental illness is something people need to learn more about and the stigma needs to be taken away from.”

Lovato also credits her boyfriend, actor Wilmer Valderrama from That ’70s Show, with being a highly supportive person in her life. She says, “The people that are closest to me in my life are understanding and are willing to call me out on things if they notice unhealthy behaviors coming into play.”

Click here to learn more about Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health.