Demi Lovato is ready to share her story about her 2018 overdose.
In an emotional trailer for Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil, Lovato gets candid about relapsing and suffering a drug overdose nearly three years ago. “I had three strokes. I had a heart attack,” she says in the trailer. “My doctors said that I had five to ten more minutes.”
At the documentary’s Television Critics Association panel held yesterday, the “Confident” singer further elaborated on the toll that experience had taken on her body. “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 said, per People. “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.”
She also said that the terrifying experience serves as a reminder to stay sober. “I dealt with a lot of the repercussions and I feel like they are still there to remind me of what could happen if I ever get into a dark place again,” she said. “I’m grateful for those reminders, but I’m so grateful that I was someone that didn’t have to do a lot of rehabbing. The rehabbing came on the emotional side.”
The YouTube Originals four-part documentary premieres on March 23.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please contact the SAMHSA substance abuse helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
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