Demi Lovato Suffers Overdose Weeks after Revealing Relapse
Weeks after releasing a new song that revealed she had relapsed, singer and actress Demi Lovato has been hospitalized following a suspected overdose.
First reported by TMZ, law enforcement officials stated that Demi was found unconscious in her LA home, and was treated with Narcan—given to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
A source close to Lovato claims that the overdose was not heroin-related, as originally reported by the news outlet.
Lovato has candidly spoken of her addictions and eating disorder in the past, and most recently stated that she was six years sober. However, in the song “Sober,” which she released late last month, she admitted that she had suffered a relapse. With 12 million views on YouTube, Lovato’s fans are now rallying in the comments of “Sober” to support her in light of her overdose.
“I wanna be a role model, but I’m only human,” Lovato sings in “Sober.”
A Disney Channel star by age 15, Lovato began experimenting with drugs and alcohol at an early age. After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder following an outburst toward her backup dancer, Lovato entered treatment for emotional and physical issues in 2010.
After leaving the treatment center, Lovato lived in a sober apartment, while maintaining public appearances and her stint as a judge on X-Factor.
Those close to Lovato have spoken out following her overdose, with her rep stating, “Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers and support. Some of the information being reported is incorrect and they respectfully ask for privacy and not speculation as her health and recovery is the most important thing right now.”
Ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas tweeted out, “Like all of you I am thinking of @DDLovato right now. She needs our prayers and support. We all know how strong you are Demi. #prayfordemi.”
His tweet is among the thousands of messages of support for Lovato. With her sobriety in the spotlight, Lovato has used her platform to advocate for those who are struggling with mental health and addiction issues.
I’m sorry that I’m here again
I promise I’ll get help
It wasn’t my intention
I’m sorry to myself
–Demi Lovato, “Sober”
As we wrote when Lovato first released “Sober,” relapse does not equal failure in recovery. Addiction is an insidious disease that will result in a different journey for everyone, and treatment is not one-size-fits-all.
Lovato’s story has inspired countless fans, and it is with hope and empathy that we wish her the best in her recovery.