Demi Lovato Timeline of Drug Use & Rehab History

Demi Lovato Rehab History, Demi Lovato Addiction, Demi Lovato Anorexia Bulimia Drug Addiction

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On Tuesday afternoon, TMZ reported that Demi Lovato was rushed to an LA hospital after what appeared to be a heroin overdose.

Demi was taken from a home in the Hollywood Hills to a nearby hospital just before noon on Tuesday. Her condition is unknown at this time.

Demi has struggled with drug and alcohol addictions, bipolar disorder, depression, and eating disorders, and has been very open about her visits to rehab centers to combat these illnesses. Here’s a timeline of what we know about Demi’s battle with addiction:


2010: Demi Checks into Rehab for Anorexia, Bulimia, and Cutting

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Demi Lovato in 2010.

At 18, Demi underwent rehab after a physical altercation with a backup dancer on the Camp Rock 2 tour. She sought rehab for “physical and emotional issues”.

E! Online states that specifically, Demi’s issues in 2010 stemmed from “anorexia, bulimia, and cutting”.

It was during her time at this treatment center that Demi was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Speaking to People in 2011, she bravely admitted, “I never found out until I went into treatment that I was bipolar. Looking back it makes sense… There were times when I was so manic, I was writing seven songs in one night and I’d be up until 5:30 in the morning.”


2013: Demi Checks into a Sober Living Home

Demi Lovato at 2013 Jingle Ball.

In January 2013, Demi checked into a sober living home in Los Angeles. E! reports that she remained there for about a year.

It was around this time that Demi was quoted as telling Access Hollywood that she “couldn’t go without 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine.”

She also opened up to American Way about her abuse of OxyContin, saying, “I lived fast and I was going to die young… I didn’t think I would make it to 21.”

Speaking to American Way, Demi shared she took her last drink in 2012 and continuously attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.


March 2018: Demi Celebrates Five Years of Sobriety

In March 2018, Demi celebrated five years of sobriety. She announced the news with a tweet that read, “Just officially turned 6 years sober. So grateful for another year of joy, health and happiness. It IS possible. 🙏🏼”

June 2018: Demi Releases a Song with the Lyrics “I’m Not Sober”

In June, Demi released the song “Sober”. Some of the lyrics read, “Momma, I’m so sorry I’m not sober anymore / Daddy, please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor… To the ones who never left me we’ve been down this road before.” In an article released after the song dropped, the Huffington Post wrote, “It seems to indicate she’s relapsed after six years of sober living.”


In 2016, Demi sat down with Refinery 29 to discuss her past struggles with addiction. She said, “Prior to getting sober, I was one of those people who was like, I don’t give a fuck, whatever. And I used that as an excuse to do whatever I wanted. I was a nightmare to work with.”

She has said that the outpouring of love from her fans has been both humbling and motivating. “When I have meet-and-greets, I can’t tell you the amount of times that girls will show me their arms covered in scars or cuts… They’ll tell me, ‘You helped me get through this. Because of you, I stopped self-harming,’ or ‘I got sober.’ Hearing those things gave my life new meaning.”

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