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Demi Lovato's Mom Speaks for First Time Following Overdose

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September 19, 2018

By Joanne Rosa

Dianna de la Garza broke her silence on daughter Demi Lovato’s overdose over the summer. With Demi’s blessing, Dianna shared her personal experience of what no mother should have to go through in interview with Newsmax TV.

I never allowed myself to ever think that things weren’t going to be okay.

On July 24th, Demi was rushed to the hospital over an apparent drug overdose. After calling 911, Demi’s life was saved thanks to a friend who treated her with Narcan before the ambulance arrived. The next day, a spokesperson for Demi confirmed she was “awake and with her family,” which included her mother Dianna by her bedside every day.

“It’s still a really difficult thing to talk about. I literally start to shake a little bit when I start to remember what happened that day,” Dianna confessed in her interview. “All of these texts started coming in. Just text after text after text and I thought, ‘What’s going on…’ my heart just dropped.” Dianna was with her eldest daughter Dallas at the time, who had no idea what her mother was seeing on her phone. Demi’s assistant at the time called Dianna, which was nothing out of the ordinary for Dallas. Given the circumstances, Dianna knew it was bad news. “Demi overdosed,” the frazzled assistant informed Dianna.

“I was in shock. I didn’t know what to say. It was just something that I never, ever expected to hear as a parent about any of my kids. I hesitated to ask, but I had to ask her. I remember it just seemed like the words took forever to come out of my mouth. I said, ‘Is she okay?’ And the assistant stopped for a second and she said, ‘she’s conscious, but she’s not talking.’ And so I knew at that point that we were in trouble.”

Unable to drive after the news, Dallas took over the driver’s seat and drove to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles as quickly as she could. Demi “didn’t look good at all” when Dianna got to her bedside. She told her daughter, “Demi, I love you. I’m here,” to which Demi replied “I love you too.”

 

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“I never allowed myself to ever think that things weren’t going to be okay. I prayed, of course, all the way to the hospital and my faith is strong, and I think that’s one of the things that got me through the next couple of days when she was in critical condition. We just didn’t know for two days if she was gonna make it or not… I was very concerned, and I was trying to be strong for her, and for her sisters, and for my family back home… The reason she’s alive today is because of the million, millions of prayers that went up that day when everybody found out what was happening. I don’t think she would be here if it hadn’t been for those prayers, and the good doctors at Cedars-Sinai.”
Dianna De La Garza and Demi Lovato

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Nearly two months after Demi’s terrifying overdose, Dianna revealed Demi’s doing “really well” today. “She’s happy, she’s healthy, she’s working on her sobriety, and she’s getting the help she needs. That in itself encourages me about her future and about the future of our family.”

Today, Dianna is fighting the opioid crisis in America, and shared a message to parents going through the same struggle as she did. “You don’t see it coming, and that’s the scary thing. The opioid crisis in America is at an epidemic level, and people don’t understand that until they start researching it… opioids are killing our kids… it’s not just the kids, either. It’s grown-ups. It’s mothers. It’s fathers.”

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