Demi Lovato was taken to a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday for an apparent heroin overdose according to TMZ. Before noon, law enforcement responded to an emergency call at Lovato’s Hollywood Hills home. While at the start the identity of the patient had not been confirmed by the police, a representative from the LA Fire Department had stated they had transported a 25-year-old female patient to a local hospital. She was treated with Narcan, a medication used to reverse an overdose in emergency situations. At the moment Lovato is “okay and stable” according to People Magazine.
The 25-year-old has been very open about her struggles with substance abuse and eating disorders. On her social media, she has historically shared the ups and downs of coping with addiction. In 2017 she hit a milestone of five years sobriety, where she stated, “So many times I wanted to relapse but sat on my hands and begged God to relieve the obsession.” Throughout the years, she has maintained this level of transparency with her followers, giving a voice and platform to conditions that are often swept under the carpet and overlooked by the media.
In June she released a single called Sober where she shared her relapse after six years. She sings,
“Momma I’m so sorry
I’m not sober anymore
And Daddy please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor”
As a strong mental health advocate, she has spoken openly about her self harm tendencies and bipolar disorder. At the forefront of these issues, she has worked to break down the stigma surrounding mental health issues and drug addiction. She is a spokesperson for the Be Vocal: Speak Up For Mental Health Campaign and was the executive producer for the documentary, Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health (watch for free here).
Celebrities have rallied around her, showing their support and prayers for her recovery. Her honesty surrounding her struggles have made her an inspiration for many who know that addiction is never simple or easy.
“The advice I’d give to somebody that’s silently struggling is, you don’t have to live that way. You don’t have to struggle in silence.”
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