According to TMZ and US Weekly, Demi Lovato was taken to an LA hospital for an apparent overdose. Lovato was transported on Tuesday just before 12 p.m. after being treated at her Hollywood Hills home with Narcan, an emergency medication that is often used to revive people in instances of opiate overdoses.
Today she is in stable condition with her family and breathing on her own.
She is lucky. This time.
Before the overdose, Lovato had come out and told the world she had relapsed, and that she was using again. She let everyone know of this setback with her single “Sober.” That was a month ago, and drug addiction recovery is a lifelong endeavor, especially when dealing with addictive narcotics.
Lovato had previously battled cocaine and Oxycontin addictions but had been clean for 6 years.
Opioid use — even short term — can lead to addiction and, too often, overdose. Anyone who takes opioids is at risk of developing an addiction, and it’s impossible to predict who’s vulnerable to eventual dependence and abuse of these drugs.
There won’t always be an Instagram post or song telling you that a friend, family member or loved one has relapsed or is using. If you see any of these warning signs of opiate abuse call 210-833-HOPE immediately. You could save a life.