Demi Lovato still has ‘blind spots, hearing loss and tinnitus’ from her near-fatal 2018 overdose… as she says she was ‘physically dependent’ on heroin before the accident
Demi Lovato has revealed the physical impact of her 2018 drug overdose, telling People it was hard to tweeze her eyebrows or even see her own shoes while she was recovering.
‘The physical implications of what had happened were really difficult to adjust to,’ the pop star, 28, explain, opening up after the release of her YouTube Originals docuseries Demi Lovato: Dancing With The Devil.
Demi’s vision and motor-skills were affected by her OD – which triggered organ failure, three strokes and a heart attack over her two-week hospitalization – leaving the actress/singer dealing with blind spots, hearing loss and tinnitus to this day.
Survivor: Demi Lovato still copes with ‘blind spots, hearing loss and tinnitus’ nearly three years after her near-fatal overdose cause organ failure, three strokes, and a heart attack. She’s seen at the premiere of her docuseries Demi Lovato: Dancing With The Devil on March 22 above
‘As simple as tweezing your eyebrows, I had to figure out how to look higher so that I could see because my blind spots were in the main focal point of my vision,’ she explained.
‘Even putting on a full outfit, I couldn’t see my shoes. I’d have to ask somebody else, “Do these shoes go with it?”‘ said Lovato.
But Demi’s tried to maintain a ‘great sense of humor,’ letting positivity guide her as she focuses on healing.
‘I find that it’s important to laugh when you can. When I did do things like spill drinks that I was pouring on Thanksgiving with my family and it spilled everywhere, we kind of laughed about it a little because you have to. It’s incredible how the human body just adapts,’ she said.
‘I didn’t ever have a period of time where I thought, “Oh my God, my vision might be gone forever” [or] go into this panic attack. We just have to adapt, and that’s how I did move forward with it.’
Healing: ‘As simple as tweezing your eyebrows, I had to figure out how to look higher so that I could see because my blind spots were in the main focal point of my vision,’ she explained to People magazine
On the edge: Demi said she was ‘physically dependent’ on heroin after being introduced to the drug by her dealer. She’s seen above in May 2018, just months before her overdose
In the docuseries Demi reflects on how addiction overpowered her after six-years of sobriety, revealing how she started experimenting with new drugs during her relapse.
On the night she broke her sobriety she used meth, molly, cocaine, marijuana, alcohol and oxycontin.
‘That alone should have killed me,’ she says in the series.
Things intensified when her dealer introduced her to heroin after her usual mix of ‘Coke and Xanax’ wasn’t available.
Demi fell into being ‘physically dependent” on the drugs and also abusing alcohol secretly.
It all culminated on July 24th, 2018 when she overdosed on what’s believed to be heroin and fentanyl-laced painkillers.
Pushing the limits: On the night she broke her sobriety she used meth, molly, cocaine, marijuana, alcohol and oxycontin
Lovato reveals that she was smoking the substance that night, but admitted she had used needles in the past.
While it was heavy for Demi to confront her demons in the documentary, she said that the process has be freeing as well.
‘It feels like such a fresh start. I feel like I am the freest I’ve ever been. It feels great to live in my truth fearlessly,’ she told People.
‘I feel proud, but I also know I’m not hanging my hat up yet. I have so much work to continue to do, and the work that I’ve done has been so exciting because it’s opened up my doors to my spirituality, embracing my identity, coming into myself more and just exploring that.’
New chapter: While it was heavy for Demi to confront her demons in the documentary, she said that the process has helped her create a ‘fresh start’ for herself
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