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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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?'”

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“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.”

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“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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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“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.”

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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.

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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.

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“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.


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Tourists Are Flocking To This Tiny Mountain Village For A Trip On Mexico’s Magic Mushrooms

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Tourists Are Flocking To This Tiny Mountain Village For A Trip On Mexico’s Magic Mushrooms

For almost 70 years, since Maria Sabina, also known as Santa Sabina, spread the culture around the ritualistic consumption of magic mushrooms in the Oaxaca highlands, the world has been fascinated by these special fungi. The region near Huautla de Jimenez, particularly places like San Jose del Pacifico, has since been swarmed with tourists in the months between July and October, both from inner Mexico and from overseas, who want to experienced the altered states of consciousness brought by one of nature’s most powerful secrets. 

So any story about Oaxacan magic mushrooms has to start with the legendary Maria Sabina, the godmother of all things trippy.

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Maria Sabina was a Mazatec curandera, or witchdoctor. She was well versed in the ancient arts of magic mushrooms and introduced the Western world to their consumption. She soon became a magnet for the rich and powerful who wanted to taste her psilocybin mushrooms. She was born in 1894 and died in 1985, so she saw the world change dramatically during her lifetime. 

She allowed foreigners into her healing evenings, known as veladas.

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She became legendary, as City A.M. reported in 2018: “It was here that, in 1955, R Gordon Wasson, a vice-president of JP Morgan and amateur ethnomycologist, consumed psilocybin mushrooms in a ceremony presided over by the healer Maria Sabina. The article Wasson subsequently wrote up for Life magazine – ‘Seeking the Magic Mushroom’ – transformed Sabina into a reluctant icon and caught the attention of scientists including Harvard psychologist Timothy Leary”. What followed is an enduring cult following of the plant. 

Mushroom tourism got a boost in the 1960s due to the high profile of some of Sabina’s visitors, who included The Beatles.

As EFE News Service reported back in 2007: “In the 1960s, the ‘high priestess of the mushrooms’ popularized this corner of Mexico located between the capital and Oaxaca city, a place visited by the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Jim Morrison and Bob Dylan at the height of the psychedelic era”. We mean, the place has basically been a Hall of Fame! 

Consuming magic mushrooms is an ancient, ritualistic indigenous tradition that remains officially illegal.

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Spanish friars first reported the use of psychedelic mushrooms in the region. Though magic mushrooms are illegal today, the authorities tend to turn a blind eye. This is due to the centrality to the customs and traditions of the Zapotecs, the area’s dominant indigenous group. Children as young as six participate in the ritualistic ingestion of shrooms.

However, tourism disrupts this long lasting understanding and ritual has turned into business.

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If you decide to try them for yourself, beware as the region is now swarmed with fake magic mushrooms offered by scammers. Anyway, San Jose del Pacifico is a natural joyita in itself, and you might get high just by taking in the landscape!

The state induced by the mushrooms is supposed to get you in touch with nature: with the soil below your feet and the celestial bodies above your head.

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According to man named Andres Garcia, he was introduced to the ritual ingestion of mushrooms by his grandfather. Just outside of Huautla, the man experienced mushrooms several times. He told High Times: “The first time I tried mushrooms I was 7 years old. And each time after that was different; each time there were messages and messages. Communication with the earth, the universe, the moon, especially the energy of the moon. The mushroom shows you everything—about your errors, your problems, all the good you’ve done, all the bad you’ve done. It’s something personal.”

Even though mushrooms are widely available in Oaxaca they are not for everyone, specially not for those who disrespect the ritual and want to do mushrooms just for some mindless fun.

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The magic mushroom tourism industry has brought an steady income to Huautla de Jimenez, the original stomping grounds of Maria Sabina. As reported by Juan Ramon Peña in EFE News Services, “visitors are greeted when they get off the bus by boys who offer to help them found the hallucinogenic fungi”. The wide availability of mushrooms is un secreto a voces. However, each person’s brain chemistry is different and you need to have an experienced guide to help you on a mushroom-induced trip. 

And tourism has put the sustainability of the species at stake.

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The lack of regulation translates into indiscriminate picking. Of course, traditional owners of the land are affected and that is just not fair. 

Magic mushrooms have a good rep, but they are also unpredictable.

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Several recent studies indicate that magic mushrooms could have medical benefits in people suffering from mental health issues. As reported by The Guardian earlier this year in relation to a study conducted at Imperial College London: “Magic mushrooms may effectively ‘reset’ the activity of key brain circuits known to play a role in depression, the latest study to highlight the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics suggests”. However, this study was done in a controlled environment. Doing mushrooms can have unpredictable effects that some people have described as a “bad trip”

Note: the consumptions of magic mushrooms is illegal throughout Mexico and only specific Indigenous groups can consume them for spiritual purposes. We do not condone the consumption of illegal substances. This article is for informational purposes only.

Everyone On Instagram Is Praising Demi For Her Most Popular Instagram Post Yet

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Everyone On Instagram Is Praising Demi For Her Most Popular Instagram Post Yet

People are always going to have something to say, especially when it comes to celebrities and what they choose to post on social media or how they choose to live their lives. But what’s worse is when internet trolls decide to project their own insecurities onto female celebrities, in particular, in destructive ways. 

People who would otherwise never make nasty comments about a women’s body or appearance in person and to their face, use the comments section on social media platforms to hide behind the keyboard and spread negativity. Singer, songwriter, and actor Demi Lovato has always had a complicated relationship with the public when it comes to unsolicited advice about her life choices and her body.

But it looks like she’s finally learning to be comfortable in her skin no matter what others say.

Last night, Lovato shared a gorgeous unedited photo of herself in a two-piece leopard print bathing suit.

However, it has people talking for other reasons. In the photo, Lovato can be seen looking over her shoulder walking out of a pool, and the cellulite on her legs visible. “This is my biggest fear,” Lovato said in her caption. “A photo of me in a bikini unedited. And guess what, it’s CELULLIT!!!” 

Take notes, everybody. It’s no longer called “cellulite” — Lovato is helping us women reclaim that word and call it CELULLIT. 

But Lovato’s message went deeper. She went on to write that she was so tired of being “ashamed” of her body and that she was done with editing photos of her body as well. She went on to state that she’s working on no longer caring about someone else’s idea of what beautiful means other than her own. 

“I want this new chapter in my life to be about being authentic to who I am rather than trying to meet someone else’s standards,” Lovato wrote in her Instagram caption. 

“So here’s me, unashamed, unafraid and proud to town a body that has fought through so much and will continue to amaze me when I hopefully give birth one day.” While she’s struggled with mental health issues, eating disorders, and addiction, Lovato has seemingly always been open with her fans about her journey through it all. 

In July of 2018, the 27-year-old singer was hospitalized after an apparent overdose and went on a social media hiatus until she returned to Twitter to give fans a health update. “All my fans need to know is I’m working hard on myself, I’m happy and clean and I’m SO grateful for their support,” she wrote on Twitter on December 2018

Lovato’s latest act of empowerment also comes two months after she clapped back at a troll who told her to go on a “diet” after paparazzi photos of her surfaced.

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According to Pop Crush,  back in July, an Instagram user posted a paparazzi shot of Lovato getting into a car after a workout and captioned it, “hey demi dm me so we can discuss a diet plan for you.” 

Lovato wasn’t having it and replied to the unnecessary and rude comments that were made toward her. “I actually am choosing not to diet and fall back into unhealthy behaviors at the risk of losing my sanity or mental health but thank you for the offer! Super sweet,” she replied according to Pop Crush. 

This incident, however, caused Lovato to take another break from social media. 

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But now she’s back and it looks like she’s taking a more positive approach and not paying any mind to the trolls — as it should be. Lovato went on to write in her caption that she feels great about being back in television and film while “not stressing myself with a strenuous workout schedule before 14 hour days, or depriving myself from a real birthday cake rather than opting for watermelon & whip cream with candles because I was terrified of REAL cake and was miserable on some crazy diet shit.” 

We’re so glad she’s feeling better about not just her career, but her self and her body. If there’s anyone who deserves to feel their very best, it’s Lovato. At such a young age, she’s gone through so many life-altering experiences that we’re rooting for to finally find peace and feel the most comfortable in her own skin. 

It’s also great to see the amount of support she received from fans and other celebrities sharing nothing but positive things on her photo. 

Lovato ended her caption by saying that she hopes to inspire someone to appreciate their body today too. There’s no doubt that’s inspired us all.