Demi Lovato Breaks Silence Following Apparent Overdose
U.S. pop singer Demi Lovato spoke out on Sunday about her battle with addiction, saying she needed “time to heal and focus on my sobriety” days after media reports said she was taken to a Los Angeles hospital suffering from a suspected overdose.
On Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, the “Skyscraper” singer took to Instagram to share a message with her followers. “I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction,” Lovato began a lengthy text-post. “What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet.”
After thanking God for “keeping me alive and well,” the “Heart Attack” singer, who has a history of drug and alcohol abuse, went on to thank her fans. “I am forever grateful for all of your love and support,” she wrote, adding, “Your positive thoughts and prayers have helped me navigate through this difficult time.” Lovato also addressed her family, team, and the staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where she was admitted, writing, “Without them I wouldn’t be here writing this letter to all of you.”
“I now need time to heal and focus on my sobriety and road to recovery,” the 25-year-old pop star concluded her heartfelt note. “The love you have all shown me will never be forgotten and I look forward to the day where I can say I came out on the other side. I will keep fighting.”
Late Tuesday morning, July 24, she was found unresponsive in her Hollywood Hills home, allegedly after a night of partying. While initial reports suggested Lovato had overdosed on heroin, later stories claimed she’d used methamphetamine. However, Narcan was reportedly administered to the singer-songwriter at the scene. Used to treat opioid overdoses, the medication can combat the effects of heroin, but not methamphetamine.
Insiders also told TMZ that Lovato partied with friends the night before and seemed to be in good spirits, even posting photos from her outing onto a private Instagram account she only shares with family and close friends.
The good news, as of this writing, is that Lovato’s rep confirmed to TMZ that she is “awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers and support.” While we wait for more updates on her condition, here’s everything we know about Demi Lovato’s alleged overdose.
Her friends saved her life
“One of her friends had Narcan on hand in case something like this happened,” the source said. “Her friends knew this was coming because she’s been using so much again. … Luckily, the Narcan worked and she will recover.”
The source noted that two of Lovato’s friends who were at home with her called 911. “They were hysterical when paramedics arrived and Demi was unconscious, but the friends acted very quickly and saved her life.” However, insiders also told The Blast that Lovato and her friends weren’t cooperative when paramedics arrived and wouldn’t say on which or what kinds of drugs Lovato allegedly overdosed.
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The New Mexico-born performer rose to fame on Disney Channel shows “Camp Rock” and “Sonny with a Chance” before forging a pop career with hits such as “Skyscraper” and “Sorry Not Sorry.”
In a 2017 YouTube documentary, “Simply Complicated,” Lovato spoke about years of substance abuse, eating disorders, and drinking, saying she first started using cocaine when she was 17. She entered rehab at the age of 18 and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s 24/7 National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.