About six months ago Demi Lovato was hospitalized for a drug overdose. Since then she has been in rehab and recovery. In early October it was reported that Lovato completed a 60-day rehab program since her hospitalization in July. She had been in the hospital for 2 weeks until she flew to a rehab center in Chicago. It is reported she met with a therapist who specialized sobriety, mental health, and wellness. After 90-days of rehab E! News wrote a reminder that Demi herself had once said “recovery isn’t a place where you get to where th[e] disease suddenly becomes a thing of the past… instead, battling addiction is an ongoing journey.” Two weeks after her overdose Demi had tweeted out to her fans “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.”
Throughout her recovery Demi has kept out of the public eye—keeping a low profile and not being overly active on social media. On December 4th she posted a post-workout selfie to Instagram, showing everyone that her recovery has been going well, and that she is trying to maintain healthy habits.
The last reported news on Lovato’s recovery comes from December 22nd, a month ago. Lovato herself silenced rumors from tabloids that tried creating ambiguity about her recovery—some even trying to spread rumors of relapse or worse. She didn’t mention specific sources, but she did make tweets to her fans debunking any rumors surrounding her sobriety, “I love my fans and hate tabloids. Don’t believe what you read. People will literally make up stuff to sell a story. Sickening,” In another tweet she wrote, “If I feel like the world needs to know something, I will tell them MYSELF.”
It is important for tabloids, blogs, and journals to report the facts that have been presented, not speculate and make assumptions about Demi’s recovery. From what Demi has shared herself, it seems her recovery is making a steady progress—it is important that unless stated by her, there is no reason to speculate whether her recovery is working.
Demi’s actions and willingness to better herself and go to rehab are a lesson to everyone in sobriety: Even if you fall again, you can and will get back up on your feet. The journey of sobriety is not one that ends if you fall back into old habits—it means that you should only keep fighting. In an ideal world, the day someone decides to be sober would mean that they would be sober forever. But the reality is just as Demi said, overcoming addiction is an ongoing process.
So, let us celebrate those who are currently ongoing in their sobriety. Let us also support an offer a helping hand to those who may have to start back at day one of being sober.