Demi Lovato Suffers Drug Overdose After 6 Years of Sobriety
UPDATE: 8/3/2018 – Demi Lovato has agreed to go to rehab. According to E News, a source stated, “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.”
Popstar and recovery advocate Demi Lovato was revived with Narcan after a drug overdose in her $8 million home on Tuesday, July 24. Though the singer celebrated 6 years of sobriety this past March, she did recently reveal through the lyrics of her hit single “Sober” that she had relapsed.
Demi Lovato Relapse & Drug Overdose
The news about about Demi Lovato’s drug overdose was first reported by TMZ. The initial report incorrectly stated that Lovato had suffered from a heroin overdose, but a source later clarified “it’s not heroin” that caused the overdose.
Lovato was reported to have been partying with friends in her mansion until she was found unresponsive and administered Narcan, an opioid overdose reversal drug. First responders came to Lovato’s Hollywood mansion and transported her in an ambulance to a hospital in Los Angeles.
It was stated that Lovato would not tell the paramedics which drugs she had taken. No drugs were found in Lovato’s home and there is no criminal investigation occurring.
A source expressed that “Demi is awake” and also mentioned that “some of the information being reported is incorrect.” In light of the situation, Demi and her family “respectfully ask for privacy and not speculation.”
As a result of the situation, Demi’s upcoming show in Atlantic City for her “Tell Me You Love Me” World Tour was cancelled. The same source stated, “[Demi’s] health and recovery is the most important thing right now.”
Why Was Narcan Administered?
After it was claimed that heroin was not the drug that Demi Lovato overdosed on, the fact that Narcan was administered caused confusion. Narcan is administered to reverse almost any opioid overdose which can occur from not only heroin but also fentanyl and prescription painkillers like Oxycontin as well.
Recovery & Mental Health Advocacy
Demi has been transparent about her self-harm, alcoholism, cocaine addiction, Bipolar disorder, and eating disorders in the past. She received addiction treatment at an inpatient drug rehab center in November 2010 and lived in a sober home for some time afterward. Though the star had revealed she almost relapsed before, she was proud to announce her 6th anniversary of being in recovery this past March with an inspirational speech on Twitter and during one of her concerts. In fact, the star even shared her experience, strength, and hope during her “Simply Complicated” documentary in October 2017. It was also during 2017 that she became a mental health ambassador for Global Citizen as well.
The Message Behind Demi’s Relapse & Drug Overdose
While Demi Lovato’s relapse and drug overdose may come as a shock to many, the reality is that addiction is a cunning, baffling, and powerful disease. Relapse can happen, but it doesn’t have to. Typically, there are relapse warning signs, which may include skipping 12 Step Fellowship meetings, inability to hold a steady job, and reverting back to old ways of thinking and behaving. There are a number of relapse prevention strategies that can be followed, including working a recovery program, keeping in check with a sponsor, and reaching out to sober supports. Sometimes, it can even be beneficial to receive help from an addiction professional and/or counselor.
When a drug overdose and drug relapse happens, it is critical to receive medical attention and check into a drug rehab center to address the issue. When it comes to the disease of addiction, it only takes one slip to lead you back down the same vicious cycle. Relapse is nothing to look over, which is why it can be necessary to get help from a medical detox and inpatient rehab treatment center that can help you get back on the right path toward recovery.
The Watershed Addiction Treatment Programs is a full licensed and accredited alcohol and drug rehab center in Florida and Texas. We offer a full continuum of care for the treatment of addiction, which begins with a medical detoxification and rehabilitation stay. Afterward, we typically recommend the Partial Hospitalization Program, Intensive Outpatient Program, and Sober Living.
If you, or someone you know, is struggling with alcoholism, drug addiction, or has recently relapsed, there is no time better than now to receive help. Call The Watershed today at 1-800-861-1768.Tags: celebrity addiction, celebrity news and gossip, Demi Lovato, Drug Overdose, overdose