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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.


READ: Demi Lovato Has Addressed Her Fans For The First Times Since She Was Hospitalized

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People Are Calling Demi Lovato Entitled For Threatening a Frozen Yogurt Shop

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People Are Calling Demi Lovato Entitled For Threatening a Frozen Yogurt Shop

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We can all agree that Demi Lovato has been through a lot. She had a rough childhood, a troubled adolescence, and an adulthood filled with addiction and eating disorders. But, going through a lot doesn’t excuse disrespectful behavior. And this time, the source of her wrath was…a frozen yogurt shop.

Earlier this week, Demi Lovato caught major heat for publicly calling out a small frozen yogurt chain for being “diet culture vultures.”

Lovato took to her Instagram to blast local LA fro-yo shop The Bigg Chill for having sugar-free and gluten-free frozen yogurt options.

“Finding it extremely hard to order froyo from @thebiggchillofficial when you have to walk past tons of sugar free cookies/other diet foods before you get to the counter. Do better please,” she wrote on her Instagram stories.

She continued: “You can find a way to provide an inviting environment for all people with different needs. Including eating disorders—one of the deadliest mental illnesses only second to [opioid] overdoses. Don’t make excuses, just do better.”

As soon as Demi’s Instagram story went up, people were annoyed that Lovato was tagging a small chain with a lot less power and followers than her.

Demi also posted DM screenshots between her and the frozen yogurt shop, where some interpreted Demi as being rude to the business owners. The owners tried to defend themselves, saying that they were not “diet culture vultures”, but Demi refused to hear it.

“Not just that. Your service was terrible. So rude. The whole experience was triggering and awful,” she wrote back. “You can carry things for other people while also caring for another percentage of your customers who struggle DAILY just to even step foot in your store.”

To make matters worse, TMZ got their hands on some other screenshots between Demi Lovato and the frozen yogurt shop that showed Demi low-key threatening them.

“Don’t keep going with this,” the screenshots say. “You don’t want to mess with me. You’re in the wrong and the customer is always right. You already know this, listen to your customer and do better.”

Needless to say, it didn’t sit right with some people that Demi Lovato, a high-powered celeb, was using her power to possibly blackball a small business.

“Demi Lovato using her army of millions of followers to target a small business for daring to offer healthy ice cream options is really pathetic,” wrote one Twitter user.

“Imagine threatening a small business like that,” wrote another. “This is the real her and exactly why I don’t buy her victim narrative. ‘You don’t want to mess with me’ or what? You’re going to burn down someone’s business and livelihood??”

After the immense amount of backlash, Demi Lovato apologized. But some people felt that the apology was more “Sorry, Not Sorry” than from the heart.

Demi Lovato addressed the controversy in an Instagram video. “I’m sorry that I got the messaging wrong. I’m sorry that I may have disappointed some people,” she said.

“I’m not coming after a small business as someone with a lot of followers. That’s not what I’m doing here,” she continued. “I walked into a situation that didn’t sit right with me. My intuition said, ‘Speak up about this.’ So I did, and I feel good about that. What I don’t feel good about is…how the message has gotten misconstrued.”

But as of now, fans and casual followers alike aren’t convinced. “I fully wish her well in her mental health and eating disorder struggles,” wrote one Twitter user. “But even after the initial message and backlash…she kept going. And kinda threatened them. She’s came off as a rich, entitled Karen.”

Here’s to hoping Demi lives and learns for the better.

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The Controversy Behind Delta-8 THC And Why Shoppers Are Buying It Up

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The Controversy Behind Delta-8 THC And Why Shoppers Are Buying It Up

There’s a new cannabis product that we need to talk about since it’s exploding in popularity across the country – especially in states where recreational marijuana remains illegal.

Delta 8 buds look, smell and taste (when smoked) like traditional marijuana, and it even contains a type of THC. Yet it is seemingly legal to buy and consume even in many states where recreational marijuana remains against the law.

What is Delta 8 and does it get you high?

Before getting too far into it, though, readers should be cautioned that products containing it have not been FDA-tested or FDA-approved. Delta 8, which is most commonly sold as an edible, is extremely similar to what we think of as typical THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the main ingredient in cannabis); the only chemical difference is the location of a certain double bond. The effects are also super similar, the main difference being that the high from delta 8 is a little less intense, and reportedly gives you more energy than a typical delta-9 high. 

Many people stated they felt more of a “body high” with fewer mental effects. Many folks enjoy using it as a means of alleviating their anxiety and pain while still being able to think clearly.  

In most states, yes, Delta-8 is legal. There are 11 states that forbid it: Delaware, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, Rhode Island, and Utah.

These companies place a leaflet into the boxes indicating why it is legal as per the 2018 Farm Bill in case packages are inspected by the government or the Postal Service.

Whether or not Delta-8 is legal in your state has nothing to do with actual cannabis legality. For example, cannabis is legal recreationally in Arizona and Colorado, but not Delta-8. 

While CBD and Delta-9 THC (usually just referred to as THC) are undoubtedly the most well-known cannabinoids, Delta 8 suddenly, and seemingly out of nowhere, became immensely popular within the last year. 

Retailers who specialized in CBD before introducing Delta 8 in 2020 reported a drastic spike in sales to Newsweek, which they partly attributed to its supposed anxiety-relieving properties helping people cope with pandemic-related stress.

Anyone using Delta-8 THC should be aware it will turn up on a drug test as regular THC, and thus could cause one to fail the test should it exceed the accepted limit.

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