Demi Lovato Was Hospitalized For A Drug Overdose That Could Have Taken Her Life—Celebs Expressed Their Support For Her Speedy Recovery
The 25-year-old popstar was taken by paramedics from her home in Hollywood Hills and transported to a nearby Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday.
Demi Lovato's medical emergency was caused by a drug overdose, supposedly involving heroin.
On 11:20AM on July 24, Tuesday, paramedics and the LA Fire Department rushed to Demi's home located in one of Los Angeles' upscale neighborhoods. Reports state it was Demi's friends who called the emergency to her home as they had found her unconscious. The possibility of this being a suicide attempt has neither been confirmed nor outruled.
Knowing her history with substance abuse, one of her friends was apparently prepared with Narcan, a fast-acting drug meant to reverse the effects of an overdose. The drug managed to stabilize Demi's breathing and ease her trip from her home to a neighboring hospital where she was kept company by friends and family. She is now conscious and beginning her road to recovery, according to her aunt who shared a much anticipated update on her niece's condition.
Sadly, this isn't the singer's first encounter with illegal drugs, nor the first time she has been admitted to a facility for substance abuse. However, this might have been the most life-threatening episode she's ever faced.
Her confinement follows her recent admission of falling back on old habits, one that she expressed to the public with her just released ballad, "Sober." The emotional single minces no words and narrates her apologies to those she let down in song, as well as her disappointments in herself for wanting to set a good example, but being unable to do so.
The song is an encapsulation of the last six years of Demi's young life, most of which she has spent overcoming her experiences with depression, anxiety, bulimia, alcoholism, as well as cocaine and prescription drug abuse.
Explained by Demi herself, she credits her emotional and mental imbalance to her father who walked out on her and his mother, choosing his addictions over his family. As an adolescent unable to cope with this, she turned to the same addictions that consumed her father in the hopes of discovering what about them he had become obsessed with.
She was first hospitalized for drug abuse in October 2010 after checking herself in. Realizing she had a problem when she was doing cocaine every day multiple times a day while turning to alcohol first thing in the morning, the then 18-year-old Demi sought help. Come 2013, she showed further commitment to staying off drugs and alcohol by living in a sober home and continuously seeking the guidance of a sober coach.
Her voluntary choice to stay away from the limelight contributed to her slow but steady recovery, but unfortunately, her return to recording and touring a few years later exposed her to temptations she could not resist.
Rumors about her addiction relapse surfaced when she was spotted partying late into the night in some of LA's premier clubs some months back. Demi had also reportedly struck up friendships with fellow singers and performers who are known drug users, giving friends, family, and fans alike reason to worry about her well-being.
Much to their heartache, their suspicions were proven right, when she was rushed to the hospital.
At this point, Demi has yet to speak up about her recent encounter with drugs, and it's anyone's guess about what might have triggered her overdose. Shedding light on the situation, celebrities have expressed their support for her speedy recovery, and just like us, are sending positive vibes over her way to aid her healing.
Praying for you Demi @ddlovato ??— aaroncarter (@aaroncarter) July 24, 2018
i love u @ddlovato— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 24, 2018
I love @DDLovato so much. It breaks my heart that she is going through this. She is a light in this world, and I am sending my love to her and her family.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) July 24, 2018
Love u @ddlovato ??thinking of you + your family + fans + friends ??praying for you and thinking of you ??— kesha (@KeshaRose) July 24, 2018
praying for @ddlovato and her health. When I was 14, she was an idol to me in how she spoke so openly about mental health. And now she continues to inspire thousands of young men and women with her body positivity messages. Addiction and mental illness doesn’t discriminate. ??— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) July 24, 2018
Praying for my girl @DDLovato. May God give her strength to truly recover...— Mario Lopez (@MarioLopezExtra) July 24, 2018
My whole heart and my whole soul is with @ddlovato today. I adore you and so does the entire world. You will fight this and you will come out of it even stronger. Addiction is powerful beyond measure, but you can defeat it. I love you.— Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) July 24, 2018
@ddlovato we love you ??????— Meghan Trainor (@Meghan_Trainor) July 24, 2018
Poor beautiful spirit @ddlovato I hope she’s ok, and that she makes a full recovery soon.— LILY ALLEN (@lilyallen) July 24, 2018
Hang in there @ddlovato - sending good energy and love.— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) July 24, 2018
Sending love and prayers to Demi Lovato ??— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) July 24, 2018
Addiction is not a choice.— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) July 24, 2018
My heavy heart sends healing love to @ddlovato, and I pray she recovers fully and with great health. ??
Even local showbiz's Bela Padilla expressed her love and support for Demi, and encouraged others to reach out to those who may be going through depression.
Demi Lovato grew up with us and healed so much of us with her music...it’s heartbreaking to read what she’s going through :( let’s all send her love ?? May she come back stronger ????????????— Bela Padilla (@padillabela) July 25, 2018
I’m happy I grew up in an environment where I was brought up condemning drugs. At my age I’m proud to say I’ve never tried or experimented with it in my life. If we have friends or family going through depression, let’s reach out to them so they don’t need to look elsewhere.— Bela Padilla (@padillabela) July 25, 2018
If you're her biggest fan or simply a casual listener, it doesn't matter; keeping Demi in your thoughts and prayers will definitely be of help to her and her family in this great time of need.
If you are or if someone you know is thinking about suicide or self-harm, please remember that help is a phone call away. In the Philippines, please call suicide prevention hotline numbers at the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation: 02-804-4673 (HOPE), or 0917-558-4673 (HOPE). You may also call the Manila Lifeline Centre at 02-896-9191, or 0917-854-9191. In the US, please call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). #suicideprevention #suicidepreventionhotline
Photos from @ddlovato