In a new MTV documentary to air next week, singer-actress Demi Lovato will give fans an in-depth look at her struggle with eating disorders and mental illness—including a recent trip back to , the Lemont treatment facility she entered in late 2010.
"Demi Lovato: Stay Strong" will debut Tuesday, March 6, at 9 p.m. CST. According to an MTV report, the hour-long special follows the 19-year-old pop star "as she struggles to confront her personal demons while also focusing on her music career."
The special is named after two tattoos on Lovato's wrists that read, "Stay Strong." The ink pays tribute to her devoted fans, MTV reports.
"I wanted to do this documentary because I told a lot of my story, but no one has taken cameras inside of my life and gotten to see what it's like first-hand a day in the life of me," she told MTV News on Thursday.
The special will feature in December 2011 to speak to patients about her recovery.
Lovato discussed the visit on her Twitter account Dec. 4:
"Wow what an inspiring day... Many tears were shed and many memories were brought back at Timberline Knolls today.
"Today I went back to the treatment center I went to last year, to speak to the beautiful women fighting their inner demons.. was so honored... to be able to share my story and let them know that it gets easier. Life is beautiful.... You are worthy of it.
"Please say a prayer for all of those struggling with eating disorders, self harm, mood disorders and substance abuse."
In November 2010, a number of Internet sites reported that Lovato, then 18, at Timberline Knolls. At the time, Lovato's representatives said she had left a tour with the Jonas Brothers to receive treatment for "emotional and physical issues she has dealt with for some time."
In April 2011, however, the singer-actress about her experiences in interviews with People magazine and ABC's 20/20, admitting she had received treatment at the Lemont facility for cutting, bulimia and anorexia.
She also learned she was suffering from bipolar disorder, she said.
"I had no idea that I was even bipolar until I went into treatment," she told Robin Roberts during the 20/20 interview.
Lovato received intense, in-patient treatment at Timberline Knolls from Oct. 30 to Jan. 27, according to the report. The facility specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, substance abuse and addiction, and mood disorders in women.
"I worked harder in those three months than I ever did in my life," Lovato told People. "I basically went through hours of therapy every day. ... It was a battle, but I stuck it out."
Timberline Knolls is a 43-acre facility located in Lemont. It was founded in 2005 by a team of psychiatrists, psychologists and clinicians as a residential treatment center for women dealing with trauma, eating disorders and drug addiction.
"Our residents — adult women and adolescent girls — come to us when they need immediate, life-saving and life-changing help," according to the center's website. "Our vision is to help residents achieve lifelong recovery by bringing together clinical treatment with spiritual and emotional growth."