On Sunday, Demi Lovato released her first statement in the aftermath of her hospitalization for a devastating overdose.
Though we know that Demi has agreed to enter rehab, she is also taking additional steps to make sure that this doesn’t happen again.
A huge part of that is severing ties with toxic people in her life — even if they’re her own blood relatives.
According to TMZ, Demi Lovato’s team is going to help her weed out negative or toxic influences in her life that made it so easy for her to relapse after six years of sobriety.
That means that, after she leaves rehab, they’re going to help her sever ties with people — including friends of hers.
Specifically, they’re looking to exclude the real party animals and those who use drugs.
They’re also seeking to cut her off from “yes friends.”
That is, friends who will just say yes to anything because it’s in their nature or because she’s Demi. Separating celebrities from enablers can be a tricky business.
The team’s broad mandate for ending some of these perilous relationships has some people in mind in particular.
They apparently intend to cut her off from one toxic friend in particular — though we can only speculate as to which friend that might be.
(Some would say that, since Demi was partying with G-Eazy following her relapse and he’s been heavily associated with drugs, that smart money is on him)
What’s more is that Demi’s team intends to sever her relationship with a distant relative.
It sounds like they mean business.
But while Demi’s team held a meeting this week to determine who should be cut off and how, ultimately, this will all be up to Demi.
All that they can do is advise.
Sources say that the team is going to suggest to Demi that she get a new phone number and only give it out to the people whom she trusts the most.
After all, it doesn’t do much good to cut people out of her life physically if they can still reach her — or she can still reach them — at any given moment.
Addiction is an illness that is always lurking and ready for just the right opportunity. Part of recovery is avoiding the most dangerous opportunities.
As we previously reported, plans are already set up for Demi to enter a live-in rehab facility when she exits the hospital.
The plan is for her to have zero down-time to recover at home before she goes to rehab — which is probably smart.
It is not yet known where her rehab facility will be (which is totally fine — that’s her business!), though it is believed that she probably won’t do rehab in L.A. as there are too many triggers for her there.
At present, we don’t even know if she’ll be recovering in California.
What we do know is that her family’s intention is for her to be able to attend a facility that can accommodate a huge star without her standing out too much. Fortunately, there are places that specialize in just that.
Demi Lovato’s guitarist blamed her friends for her overdose, castigating anyone who was with her that night.
This was followed by Demi’s friends receiving death threats — even those of them who had not been with her.
Demi Lovato’s BFF Dani Vitale had to plead for the death threats to stop. Yes, Demi had been celebrating her birthday with her hours earlier. But no, she had not been with her for the overdose.
We hope that fans will remember that they can support Demi without harassing or threatening the lives of those who love her.
Everyone just wants Demi to be okay.