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Demi Lovato got a special new tattoo recently. The tattoo is a testament to her courage and strength surrounding her struggles over the years.

Lovato’s newest ink is a simple bit of script on her neck that represents a powerful sentiment.

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Demi Lovato made major headlines last year due to her relapse into drug addiction. She was hospitalized and is now stronger than ever. Celebrity tattoo artist Doctor Woo gave Lovato the new ink and shared it on his Instagram page. The caption reads “On a real one” and he tags Demi. Check it out below.

The tattoo reads “Survivor.” That is exactly what Demi Lovato is. Over the years, Lovato has dealt with eating disorders and drug abuse. She was clean for several years before issues came to a head in July of 2018 when she was hospitalized due to an overdose. Lovato has since recovered and been an advocate for hope and the destigmatization of addiction. Hopefully, this new tattoo makes a pronounced statement to end the stigma surrounding addiction once and for all.

Demi Lovato has posted pictures of some of her other tattoos and sentiments surrounding addiction.

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Demi Lovato isn’t the only musician recently to open up about addiction. After the tragic passing of We Came As Romans vocalist Kyle Pavone, his family and friends established the Kyle Pavone Foundation. With a motto of “The opposite of addiction is connection” the foundation seeks to provide any support necessary to those struggling with this disease.

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Circa Survive and Saosin vocalist Anthony Green also recently opened up about his relapse on Twitter.

I recently relapsed and am trying to take time to pull myself back together. this is the hardest thing I and my family have ever experienced. I look forward to getting healthy and hopefully being able to share in making music with and for you again. See you in the spring. 

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Both Lovato and Green received overwhelming support from the majority. The important issue is to talk about addiction. It is a very real disease from which not everyone recovers. It’s important to destigmatize the shame surrounding addiction so that those suffering aren’t afraid to seek the help they need. Hopefully, openness like Lovato’s and Green’s can help.

If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid addiction, there is help to be found. Please consider these online resources:
FEND: Full Energy No Drugs anti-opioid initiative
SAMHSA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
KPF – Kyle Pavone Foundation

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