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Demi Lovato speaks out for the first time after her hospitalization.

Pop star Demi Lovato said Sunday that she was thankful to be alive and needed time to recuperate in her first remarks since an overdose nearly two weeks ago.

Writing to her more than 70 million followers via Instagram, Lovato gave few details about her July 24 hospitalization but noted that she has long been open about her struggles with addiction.

“What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time,” Lovato wrote.

“It is something that I must continue to overcome and have not done yet,” she wrote.

“I want to thank God for keeping me alive and well,” she said, adding that she was “forever grateful” for the support of her fans and crediting the staff of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles with saving her life.”

Lovato, who canceled a show in Atlantic City that had been planned for two days after her hospitalization, suggested that she may not be returning to the public eye anytime soon.

“I now need time to heal and focus on my sobriety and road to recovery,” she wrote.

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