Demi Lovato has spoken for the first time since her recent hospitalization for an apparent drug overdose.
The singer posted an emotional note on Instagram Sunday (Aug. 5), continuing her penchant for being candid with her fans about her personal struggles. The update is the first to come directly from Lovato since reportedly receiving medical care in her Hollywood Hills home on July 24.
"I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction," she began. "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 yet."
Lovato continued: "I want to thank God for keeping me alive and well. To my fans, I am forever grateful for all 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 you," she said.
"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."
In June, just a month before her alleged overdose, Lovato released the honest ballad "Sober," in which she sings, "Momma, I'm so sorry, I'm not sober anymore. Daddy, please forgive me for the spilled drinks on the floor. The ones who never left me, we've been down this road before. I'm so sorry, I'm not sober anymore."
See her Instagram post below.