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Demi Lovato Confirms They Went Back To Rehab 3 Years After Near-Fatal Overdose

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Demi Lovato Confirms They Went Back To Rehab 3 Years After Near-Fatal Overdose

Demi Lovato has confirmed they entered rehab in 2021, three years after their near-fatal opioid overdose.

Lovato previously confirmed they were ‘California sober’ during this period, which means they were smoking weed and drinking alcohol, but not using any other drugs.

However, in December 2021, Lovato took to Instagram to tell fans that ‘sober, sober is the only way to be’. Shortly afterwards, reports started to emerge Lovato had entered rehab, something they have now confirmed.

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Plugging their new album, Holy FVCK, on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Lovato said on Thursday, 9 June: "I've definitely been through a ton. That's no secret to the world. 

“After going through even more stuff last year – I came out of treatment again – and I realised I really want to do this for myself, and I want to make the best album possible.”

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Lovato first opened up about being ‘California sober’ in their 2021 documentary, Dancing With The Devil

Demi Lovato has confirmed they entered rehab in 2021. Credit: NBC
Demi Lovato has confirmed they entered rehab in 2021. Credit: NBC

They discussed their decision not to go fully sober in the wake of their 2018 overdose, saying: “Telling myself that I can never have a drink or smoke marijuana, I feel like that's setting myself up for failure because I am such a black and white thinker."

Lovato was hit with criticism, however, and soon after took to their Instagram stories to write: “I know longer support my ‘California sober’ ways.”

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The megastar was rushed to hospital in July 2018 following a near-fatal overdose, and in Dancing With The Devil revealed they had suffered a heart attack, three strokes and been told by a doctor that they had ‘five to ten minutes’ to live.

Lovato’s rehab stint came three years after their near-fatal opioid overdose. Credit: Shutterstock
Lovato’s rehab stint came three years after their near-fatal opioid overdose. Credit: Shutterstock

Last year, Lovato confirmed to they had suffered brain damage as a result of the overdose, saying: “I was left with brain damage, and I still deal with the effects of that today. I don't drive a car, because I have blind spots on my vision."

Lovato added at the time: "And I also, for a long time, had a really hard time reading. It was a big deal when I was able to read out of a book, which was like two months later, because my vision was so blurry.

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"Everything had to happen in order for me to learn the lessons that I learned. It was a painful journey, and I look back and sometimes I get sad when I think of the pain that I had to endure to overcome what I have, but I don't regret anything."

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Topics: Celebrity, Demi Lovato, Drugs, Music

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