Lovato focuses on sobriety after overdose
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After reaching a stable condition following a drug overdose last month, Demi Lovato says she now needs "time to focus on my sobriety and the road to recovery".
Lovato has written in an Instagram post that she has learned her addiction "is not something that disappears or fades with time."
"It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet," the pop star wrote on Sunday.
She thanked the staff at Cedars-Sinai hospital: "Without them I wouldn't be here writing this letter to all of you." She also thanked her fans for their support and wrote that she looks forward to "the day where I can say I came out on the other side."
Lovato's post didn't confirm whether she had entered rehab or not but souces have told celebrity news website TMZ that those closest to her are urging she seek professional help.
However, the sources told TMZ they believe the overdose itself and the complications she faced during her hospital stay have sufficiently scared the former Disney star enough to seek a live-in facility for extended treatment.
Lovato has struggled with substance abuse for years, and the overdose comes from a relapse after six years of sobriety, which she revealed in June in her single "Sober". Since the news broke of her overdose, Lovato has received an outpouring of support from her fans, colleagues, and other Hollywood stars alike.
"Sober" has re-entered the Billboard 100 charts, receiving a 199 per cent streaming spike with 7.2 million US streams since the overdose.
The "Sorry Not Sorry" singer has received treatment for bipolar disorder, bulimia, and substance abuse in the past, and documented many of her struggles in her 2017 YouTube original documentary "Simply Complicated."
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