Demi Lovato's journey on the path of recovery

By CNN Staff

Published January 27, 2020

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On Tuesday, July 24th, 2018, pop star Demi Lovato was hospitalized after an apparent drug overdose.

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In March of that year, she celebrated six years of sobriety but admitted in June that she'd suffered a relapse. She has been open about her history with substance abuse.

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On hitting rock bottom

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I was going to the airport and I had a Sprite bottle just filled with vodka and it was just 9 in the morning and I was throwing up in the car and this was just to get on a plane to go back to L.A. to the sober living house that I was staying at...I had all the help in the world, but I didn't want it.

Lovato to Access Hollywood in 2013

The family intervention


In 2017, Lovato told British talk-show host Jonathan Ross that her parents got tough with her. She wasn't allowed to be around her sister if she was "doing stuff." She says that was one of her main reasons for pursuing sobriety.


I had family and really close friends and my manager; they all were by my side through everything...I wouldn't be here without them. My fans, too, I feel they gave me a reason to live and I'm forever grateful.


Staying sober on a day-to-day basis


When Lovato was honored with a Spirit of Sobriety Award, she admitted that "every day is a battle."


Her advice to others? Take it one day at a time as some days are easy and others not so much.

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 as an honoree of the Spirit of Sobriety Award during the annual Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug Prevention Summer Spectacular


Her sobriety relapse after six years

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'Sober' Lyrics

I'm so sorry I'm not sober anymore

And I'm sorry for the fans I lost who watched me fall again

I wanna be a role model, but I'm only human

Released June 2018

Despite rumors across the internet that Lovato overdosed on heroin, a CNN source close to her denied those reports. Her representative released a statement.

"Demi is awake and with her family, who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers and support...some of the information being reported is incorrect and they respectfully ask for privacy and not speculation as her health and recovery is the most important thing right now."

On August 7th, 2018, the Grammy-nominated singer was released from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and entered an undisclosed rehab facility.

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She addressed her 70 million fans on Instagram.

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Lovato has often said she chooses to be transparent about her struggles in the hope that it would help others. Her fans say she has done just that.

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"In 6th grade i struggled with anorexia & 'believe in me' saved me," one tweet read. "In 7th grade i had my suicide note written & struggled with self harm & 'skyscraper' saved me. in 9th grade i was diagnosed with bipolar disorder & 'warrior' saved me. I will forever love her. #HowDemiHasHelpedMe

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In December 2018, Lovato tweeted to her fans, saying she is "happy and clean" and "SO grateful for their support."

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She would come back when she's ready, she said, and one day, will tell her side of the story.

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Lovato turned 27 in August.

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In January 2020, Lovato performed "Anyone," a song about her struggle with alcohol, at the Grammys.

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