Nearly two weeks after being hospitalized for an apparent overdose, Demi Lovato has publicly addressed the situation for the first time by sharing a statement on social media.

"I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction," the open letter begins. "What I've learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something that I must continue to overcome and have not done yet."

 

A post shared by Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) on Aug 5, 2018 at 1:53pm PDT

After thanking God, family, her fans, and the staff at Cedars-Sinai medical center, Lovato said she will keep fighting towards sobriety. "I now need time to heal and focus on my sobriety and road to recovery," she writes. "The love you have all shown me will never be forgotten and I look forward to the day where I can say I came out on the other side. I will keep fighting."

Since being found unconscious in her home for an apparent overdose, Lovato has remained in the care of medical professionals. According to a report from E! News, she has agreed to go to rehab after she's released from the hospital.

"Demi's turned the corner and is doing much better," an unnamed source told E! News. "She will be released in the next few days and the plan is for her to go to rehab. She is starting to grasp the severity of what happened and that she almost died." The source added, "She is scared and grateful to be alive. Her family hasn't left her side and have consulted with several people to figure out what the best plan of action is. Everyone wants her to take it very seriously and she seems to be."

Lovato has struggled with addiction for years and previously checked herself into rehab in 2010. She remained sober for six years, but admitted to a relapse in her 2018 song, "Sober."