Most people first knew about Demi Lovato after seeing her breakout role as Mitchie Torres in the Disney Channel movie "Camp Rock" in 2008. She later starred as the titular character in the sitcom "Sonny with a Chance", and appeared as a recurring character on "Glee", then acted as judge and mentor in "The X Factor". Lovato then ventured into recording where she managed to release five successful pop albums from 2009 to 2017, earning seven Top 20 hits on Billboard Hot 100 with songs like "This is Me", "Skyscraper", and "Cool for the Summer".
When the early 2010's rolled in, she began to receive major media attention about her struggles with mental health. One of the first significant incidents occurred when she dropped out of a Jonas Brothers concert in November 2010. Her management claimed "physical and emotional issues" as reason for her withdrawal. it was only days later when the public found out she punched a female dancer that night, an incident that convinced her family it was the right time she needed help. Three years later, Demi Lovato bared it all through a book entitled "Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year" where she opened up about her multiple issues including her depression, bipolar disorder, bulimia, substance abuse, and self-harm.
In a 2017 YouTube documentary about her life and career, entitled "Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated", Lovato admits that the therapy treatment she got over the years was not entirely successful. She said she still struggled with alcoholism and a shocking cocaine addiction. She wasn't working on her treatment program and that she would often sneak out to bathrooms to do drugs. On July 2018, Lovato was rushed to a hospital and it was later reported that she overdosed on heroin (allegedly) but survived.
Two weeks after that fateful event, Demi Lovato has finally gone online to share some heartfelt words. In her Instagram statement, the 25-year old thanks God, her fans, her family and the [medical] "team" that attended to her emergency.
"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 now need time to heal and focus on my sobriety and road to recovery," she wrote. "I will keep fighting."