Demi Lovato has broken her silence nearly two weeks after she was hospitalized for a reported overdose. On Sunday, August 5, the "Confident" singer took to Instagram to express gratitude for the overwhelming support she's received.
"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," she wrote." It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet."
“I want to thank God for keeping me alive and well,” she continued before thanking fans for staying by her side.
“To my fans, I am forever grateful for all of your love and support throughout this past week and beyond," she expressed. "Your positive thoughts and prayers have helped me navigate through this difficult time."
The star went on to thank her family, staff, and the health professionals at Cedars-Sinai Hospital who helped her recover.
"Without them I wouldn’t be here writing this letter to all of you," she said.
Lovato said she will "continue fighting," and is "looking forward to the day where I can say I came out on the other side."
On Tuesday, July 24, the singer was rushed to Cedars-Sinai after a reported drug overdose. According to People, Lovato was revived with the drug Narcan, which reverses the effects of narcotics. The close call was especially tough for fans who are familiar with her long battle with addiction, mental illness, and disordered eating.
In 2010, Lovato entered an in-patient recovery center. She later relapsed and lived in a sober living facility for one year. March 2018 marked Lovato's sixth year clean, but in her recently released song "Sober," she admitted she had relapsed.
"I'm sorry that I’m here again / I promise I’ll get help / It wasn't my intention / I'm sorry to myself," the track goes.
Throughout the years, Lovato has been open about her struggles.
"Every day is a battle," the 25-year-old said during the Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug Prevention Summer Spectacular in 2017. "You just have to take it one day at a time, some days are easier than others and some days you forget about drinking and using, but for me, I work on my physical health, which is important, but my mental health as well."
"I see a therapist twice a week," she added. "I make sure I stay on my medications. I go to AA meetings. I do what I can physically in the gym. I make it a priority."
Lovato's message is a reminder that we should support victims of addiction instead of ridiculing them. Remember: Addiction isn't a choice. Instead of demonizing people struggling with the disease, we have to remind ourselves that drugs are the enemy — not the many people struggling to overcome dependency.
Approaching addicts with kindness, love, and support can go a long way, and with the proper support, we can help them stay on the road to recovery.
We are 100 percent behind Lovato and wish her the smoothest possible recovery.
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, you can reach out to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Hotline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).