Like many others this week, I was left stunned at the news that Demi Lovato was hospitalised for suspected heroin overdose.
Since the age of 17 Demi has struggled with substance and alcohol abuse leading to her entering rehab at the tender age of 18 where she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and received treatment for eating disorders, self harm, and then later receiving treatment for cocaine and alcohol addiction.
The 25 year old songstress recently revealed she had relapsed breaking her six year stint of sobriety through her painfully raw new single ‘Sober’ last month. The song depicts a heartbreakingly honest account of the perils of relapsing back into addiction. She confesses “Momma, I’m so sorry, I’m not sober anymore. And Daddy, please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor”.
Recent reports in the last few weeks stated that she has pushed people on her team away, having publicly severing ties with her former manager Phil McIntyre and sobriety life coach Mike Bayer – both who were credited in her 2017 documentary, Simply Complicated for getting her clean. As well as her professional career being below par with her forgetting lyrics to several tracks during her performance at California Mid-State fair last Sunday.
Things came to a devestating blow on Tuesday 24 July, where paramedics were called to her Hollywood Hills home where she was found unconscious after having taken an apparent heroin overdose with friends having to administer Narcan, a drug to reverse opiod effects to revive her. She is thankfully now in stable condition and recovering in hospital with family by her side. I’m sending love, light and prayers of strength to Miss Lovato and have full confidence and faith that she will get clean again and have her health restored.
Personally, Demi Lovato has always been one of my inspirations within my own recovery journey from mental health and emotional issues since her first interview post rehab in 2011. I admire her strength, bravery and integrity on taking it as her personal responsibility to empower and inspire others from overcoming her struggles.
One aspect we can learn from her that despite our shortcomings and imperfections, we are still worthy of love and of living our best lives. There is always still hope. We are capable of getting back up as the sun rises the next day after the devastating fall from the night before. We are capable of rising above our struggles continue to fight and live out our dreams. They are still valid. You were not called to live a life of toxicity and trauma. Do not let negativity win. Do not let yourself be a slave to your addictions, insecurities or traumas when there is a whole life in front of you to live.
On this week’s Self Love Saturday, I really want you to acknowledge the importance of you being healthy. You are valuable. Your health is of the highest value to God, whether you believe in a higher power or not, there is something undoubtedly out there that above this world’s pressures and negativity that truly cares about your wellbeing and values it to be of the highest importance. If that wasn’t true, then love and hope wouldn’t exist.
We are capable of getting back up as the sun rises the next day after the devastating fall from the night before. We are capable of rising above our struggles continue to fight and live out our dreams. They are still valid. You were not called to live a life of toxicity and trauma.
Addiction is a very manipulative disease but you are stronger than your addictions and the traumas that caused your addictions. You are worthy of being healthy and living a fulfilling life. It is up to you to make that choice everyday to rise above and fight to live your best life.
If you are struggling, please make the decision to choose yourself and reach out for help. Choosing to value yourself to look after yourself by reaching out than reaching towards addictive behaviours to numb out pain you don’t want to face is self love in the highest form. You are more than deserving to choose yourself first and to love yourself first. You need it. You are more than strong enough to sit through your pain and do the tough healing work to rise above it. You do not have to live a life ruled by trauma. I believe in you.
If you are in need of any help for mental health, recovery and addiction, have a look at the resources listed below: