It’s been about two weeks since Demi Lovato was rushed to the hospital because of a drug overdose, and while there has been a ton of speculation about what exactly went down, we haven’t really heard anything directly from Demi or her team.
Well, that is until today. Demi took to social media to open up about her continuing struggle with addiction, and, to the surprised of no one, she’s being very upfront about the whole thing.
I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction. What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something 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. The love you have all shown me will never be forgotten and I look forward to the day where I can say I came out on the other side.
While I commend Demi Lovato and literally do not judge her for her addictions in the LEAST, because addiction is a real disease that ruins so many lives, and is often linked to mental illness and trauma, so it’s bullshit that so many people don’t consider addicts to be true sufferers, I do think all the support she’s been receiving has pointed out some real problems in our society.
Remember after Anthony Bourdain died how everyone and their mom was sharing suicide PSAs on social media, like suddenly, now that a beloved celebrity had committed suicide, everyone cared a whole lot about mental health and shit? It’s the same sort of thing with this. Now that a beloved celebrity has almost died of drug addiction, everyone wants to act like they care so much about addiction, as if they would never shun or judge the addicts they know personally.
I’m all for supporting addicts and all people who suffer from all forms of mental illness, but, as a society, let’s stop showing empathy exclusively to celebrities, and start showing it to the people in our real lives as well. Reaching out can honestly make a world of fucking difference. It’s a messed up world. Let’s be good to each other all the time, not just when someone famous is suffering.
I promise I’ll be snarky and sarcastic and shitty in my next blog, k?