For the first time since being hospitalized in late July after a suspected overdose, Demi Lovato made a statement to her fans. Although she didn't give a ton of details about what happened, the letter offered a glimpse into the way she's feeling now and said she's making recovery her top priority.
"I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction," Lovato started off the note, which she shared on Instagram.
"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 [so] yet," she continued.
"I want to thank God for keeping me alive and well. To my fans, I am forever grateful for all of your love and support throughout this past week and beyond. Your positive thoughts and prayers have helped me navigate through this difficult time. I want to thank my family, my team, and the staff at Cedars-Sinai who have been by my side this entire time. Without them I wouldn't be here writing this letter to all of you.
"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. I will keep fighting."
Lovato has always been honest with her fans about her progress, including the inevitable ups and downs.
Lovato frequently speaks publicly about her experiences with substance use, depression, and anxiety. She's previously described staying sober as something that takes work "every single day." And in March, she celebrated six years of sobriety in front of a packed audience at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
In June, Lovato released a song called "Sober" about experiencing a relapse, although she did not confirm that the song was about her.
As SELF wrote previously, recovery is an ongoing process, and experiencing a relapse doesn't mean that treatment has failed. Instead, it usually means that a person's treatment plan needs some adjusting.