Demi Lovato’s Mom Shares Her Story On Her Daughter’s Overdose And Sobriety
With the state of America as it is today, most of us know and love at least one person struggling with drug addiction. If that person is in recovery, then you have a glimpse into how challenging it can be to choose sobriety day in and day out, no matter how much time they have. Demi Lovato is one of millions of people facing drug addiction who need our love and understanding to overcome a mental illness that has been heavily stigmatized.
It’s been less than three months since Lovato revealed she relapsed and had a drug overdose. She’s been in rehab since then. Her mom has finally broke her silence and shared hair-raising details of her experience finding out Demi overdosed.
Demi Lovato is no stranger to addiction and has seen it in her own family.
Her mother, Dianna Hart, has had her own substance abuse disorders. She first went into treatment in 2011 for addiction and an eating disorder.
Demi celebrated six years of sobriety in March of this year.
As we all know, sometime between March and June, at the release of her song “Sober,” she started using again. Alcoholism is a hereditary disease and is often passed down generation to generation. Lovato was the generation that broke the cycle and inspired her mom to get the same help.
Hart released a book, “Falling with Wings,” which details her family’s journey towards mental health.
The two have been supportive of each other along each other’s journeys, now more than ever with the help of many professionals.
In a tweet, Lovato said, “I’m so proud of my momma .. the journey she’s survived makes an incredible story and today she gets to share that story with you all. Check out her new book #fallingwithwings which is out today!! I love you momma, you’re my hero.”
Hart revealed that she learned about her daughter’s OD after TMZ published it.
People just randomly started texting her. In her own words, Hart says, “I was looking at my phone and all these texts started coming in. I thought, ‘What is going on?’ the first lines of these texts were saying, ‘I just heard the news. I’m so sorry. I’m praying for your family. I’m praying for Demi.”
At the time, she was with her oldest daughter, Dallas.
“Before I could get to TMZ to see what they were reporting, I got a phone call from Demi’s assistant at the time, Kelsey. My oldest daughter, Dallas, was standing next to me. I remember I hadn’t even had a chance to say anything to her. I looked at her and said, ‘Kelsey’s calling me.’ She had no idea what I was seeing on my phone.”
“I hesitated to ask. I said, ‘Is she ok?'”
“So, I was in shock. I didn’t know what to say. It’s something that I never, ever expected to hear as as parent about any of my kids.”
“Dallas was looking at me and said, ‘What’s going on?’ I said, ‘Demi has overdosed. We need to get to the hospital and I don’t think I can drive.’ Dallas said, ‘It’s ok. I got you, Mom. Let me get my keys. I’ll drive us.'”
They rushed to Cedar Sinai Hospital, where Hart said Lovato was in “bad shape.”
“She just didn’t look good at all. She was in bad shape. I said to her, ‘Demi, I’m here. I love you.’ At that point, she said back to me, ‘I love you too.'”
The truth is that Lovato almost died.
“We didn’t know for two days if she was going to make it or not,” she said. “I feel like the reason she’s alive today is because of the millions of prayers that went up that day. I don’t think she’d be here if hadn’t been for those prayers and the good doctors at Cedars-Sinai.”
Thankfully, she was alive to celebrate her birthday one month later.
And everyone in her family and fanbase took the time to express gratitude for Lovato’s life, journey and recovery. Lovato has been in rehab ever since her overdose and is working towards her sobriety once more.
Lovato has openly said that her littler sister is the main reason she got sober in the first place.
On The Jonathan Ross Show, Lovato confessed, “I knew that I had a lot of life ahead of me but one of the main reasons of getting sober was so that I could be around my little sister because my mom and dad [said I couldn’t be around her] if I was doing stuff.”
Meanwhile, fans have openly shared how Lovato has helped them find serenity.
Many wrote to claim that Lovato’s sobriety has inspired their own. Her lyrics have buoyed them during hard times. Her raw honesty has helped them remain true to what they’re feeling and who they are.
After “Sober” came out, Lovato shared a new tattoo on her finger:
I bet that tattoo is already taking on new meaning for her while she’s in recovery. Many people battling addiction will say that drinking and using isn’t freedom; it’s enslavement. You lose yourself and do things your highest self would never do when substances take top priority.
Her fans have been nothing but supportive, even before the overdose.
After performing “Sober” for the first time in Portugal, she posted this on Twitter: “Tonight I took the stage, a new person with a new life. Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout this journey. It will never be forgotten.”
Videos from fans show her choking up as she sings the lyrics, tears welling as the crowd continues to cheer her on.
Lovato has always been open about her sobriety.
She shared on The Jonathan Ross Show that the final trigger to her first finding sobriety was when “everyone was like, ‘We are no longer going to leave, we are leaving.’ That was the moment when I thought, ‘Okay, I really need to get help and get sober.’ This time I knew … I had hit rock bottom and I just needed to do this for myself.”
It doesn’t go off like a flick of a switch. Every day she works a program.
While receiving the “Spirit of Sobriety” award from the Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug Prevention Summer Spectacular, she told a crowd, “I see a therapist twice a week. 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.”
One secret to sober success for Lovato: no parties.
She once said to Refinery29, “I know [my life] sounds so boring. But I’ve come to a place where I’d rather be relaxed than get all dressed up and go to some party or club with people who don’t really care about my well-being at all.”
But honestly, not going to parties is better than this alternative:
“I couldn’t go 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine and I would bring it on airplanes. I would smuggle it basically and just wait until everyone in first class would go to sleep and I would do it right there. I’d sneak to the bathroom and I’d do it. That’s how difficult it got and that was even with somebody [with me], I had a sober companion, somebody who was watching me 24/7 and living with me [and] I was able to hide it from them as well.”
“The day that I got sober was the day that I actually started living.”
Last year on “Ellen,” Lovato shared, “[My sobriety anniversary] means so much to me because I feel like the day that I got sober was the day that I actually started living and so I like to call myself five years old. I’ve decided to be open about my story and share everything that I’ve been through because it helps others. And I’ve had several people come up to me and say, ‘Hey, my dad got sober because you did.’ or ‘I got sober because you did.’ And it just is so meaningful and impactful to me that I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
Today, her whole family are “accidental advocates” against drugs.
Her mother took the spot on the show this week with Lovato’s blessing to help raise awareness for the plight of addiction. One in 7 people have faced addiction, and many, many do not survive.
While Lovato’s sobriety birthday will change, open-hearted, vulnerable, resilient Lovato hasn’t in the slightest.
“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.”
So keep them coming, Lovatics.