When it was announced that Demi Lovato had suffered from an overdose in July of 2018, the world was absolutely shook. Although Lovato had had a troubled past at times, a lot of the behaviour she was exerting is very typical of child stars (very few Disney actors make it through life totally unscathed by trauma), so people definitely didn't expect things to get so serious and scary. The incident obviously affected Demi, but it also took a toll on those around her; Demi Lovato's overdose changed her mother's outlook on life.
In a recent interview with Us Weekly, Dianna De La Garza opened up about her personal losses in life and her experiences as a mother. In just one year, De La Garza lost five close family members, which was incredibly hard for her. She admitted that she lived in constant fear, and every time the phone rang she worried it would be bad news about another loved one.
After her own daughter suffered from an overdose, Dianna wrote the memoir Falling with Wings about her heartbreaking and terrifying personal experience. She has also teamed up with Operation Parent, an organization aimed at providing resources to parents and children surrounding the big issues facing adolescents today.
In order to curb her major anxiety, De La Garza has turned to therapy. "Through therapy, I was able to work around that fear in order to help me move forward in life and not get stuck in that fear. … My faith in God is something that helps me not to live in fear,” she said.
After Lovato overdosed in July of 2018, she checked into a rehabilitation program for 90 days and was released in November of 2018. Although Lovato is still her daughter, De La Garza acknowledges that she is an adult now, and she has to learn from her own mistakes in order to grow.
"When they’re young and they’re minors and they’re living in your house, you have certain rules that you have to set down and that have to be adhered to. But once they get out on their own, the mistakes that they make are their mistakes to make and they have to learn from [them].”