As you may recall, Demi nearly lost her life on July 24th, 2018 when she suffered from a drug overdose in her home. The paramedics were called, and she was given Narcan (a nasal spray that is used to treat opioid overdoses) and then transported to a hospital in Los Angeles. Demi was stabilized at the hospital, where she spent 12 days, and was released so that she could seek in-patient treatment.
On January 25th, the singer celebrated six months of sobriety and shared a photo of her sobriety coin to her story on Instagram. Now that Demi is almost eight months sober, she’s reflecting on surviving her almost fatal drug overdose, shedding light on the incident, and encouraging anyone who is struggling with addiction and substance abuse that they can pick themselves back up when they fall. That just because they fall, does not mean it’s the end or that they failed.
Demi says, “I don’t regret going out because I needed to make those mistakes, but I must never forget that’s exactly what they were: mistakes. Grateful that Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous never shuts the door on you no matter how many times you have to start over.” She continued to say, “I didn’t lose six years – I’ll always have that experience – but now I just get to add to that time with a new journey and time count.” She ended her post by saying, “If you’ve relapsed and are afraid to get help again, just know it’s possible to take that step towards recovery. If you are alive today, you can make it back. You are worth it.”
We are so proud of Demi and her positive outlook on her situation and how much progress she has made. Coming back to recovery after a relapse can be a very stressful and difficult choice. There are many feelings of guilt and shame that one must overcome, and it is imperative to not let that deter you. Banyan is here to tell you there is nothing to be ashamed of and recovery after relapse is possible. Millions of Americans have experienced this, and are now living a beautiful life in recovery.