Demi Lovato was taken to the hospital after an apparent overdose on July 24, 2018. The LA Fire Department received a call at 11:22 AM and transported the singer to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The Confident hitmaker is currently on the process of recovery after her relapse. She has been in and out of limelight, but ‘mostly in’, due to her struggle with substance abuse and alcoholism. So, what led her to this path of substance abuse, let’s take a closer look.
Relapsed After 6 Years of Sobriety!
Demi apparently overdosed on July 24, and at 11:22 AM, a 911 call was placed. CNN got hold of a part of the call which was placed by her friend. An unidentified female caller told the operator,
I was downstairs. There are other people [who] went in. We just need to get somebody out here.
For privacy reasons, the caller asked, “Wait, no sirens please, right?” to which the operator replied that there was not much he could do, as it was an emergency. TMZ reported that she was treated with Narcan, an emergency treatment for overdoses, in her house in the Hollywood Hills.
Early Fame Through Camp Rock and Barney and Friends
Long before she achieved a career breakthrough from Camp Rock, Demi Lovato was already in the spotlight as Angela in Barney and Friends. And, that fame didn't come without a price. With much disappointment to the fans, many child actors like Macaulay Culkin, Jodie Sweetin and Todd Bridges found themselves in addiction later in life. The showbiz pressure is often enormous for the people in the limelight and when it is a child actor, they often need protection.
Demi has publicly stated that if she could go back in time, she would prevent her younger self from working at such a young age. Her projects afterward got bigger and thus more stressful, and she found herself dragged into addiction early in life. She experimented with drugs at the age of 17 and thought she would not make it to 21.
Trouble with Family
If it wasn’t bad already that Demi had to deal with the stress of early childhood fame, she also had to deal with issues at home. Her abusive father, Pat who was an alcoholic and an addict, walked out on his family. In her documentary, Simply Complicated, she told that she “always searched for what he found in drugs and alcohol.” She then stopped talking to him and when he passed away, she struggled to find closure. She even had suicidal thoughts when she was just seven years old.
Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder at the very young age
In addition to her addiction struggle, she also suffered from bulimia from a young age. Even her mother, De La Garza, struggled with bulimia and thinks that she passed the eating disorder to the singer. Demi told Dr. Phil in 2018,
My eating disorder started when I was very young. That's something that I still work on on a daily basis and it's kinda the last thing to go.
While she was seeking help for bulimia when she was 18, Lovato was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She recalled the incident in her 2018 documentary,
It just made sense. In a way I knew it wasn’t my fault anymore. Something was actually off with me.
Demi was in a relationship with That 70s Show actor, Wilmer Valderrama, for six years. They met when she was 17 and he was 29, and started dating a year later. The two were very close and Wilmer was her rock. So, obviously their breakup in 2016 took a toll on her and she relapsed with her eating disorder immediately. But, the two have remained really close with each other and are best friends. As of now, Wilmer is now by her side supporting Demi and her family.
After experimenting with drugs for the first time at the age of 17, the singer found herself in a really bad place and just a year later, at the age of 18 in 2010, she entered rehab for the first time. She joined Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center. It was her parents who suggested she stop touring and get admitted into a correctional facility. She told,
It happened like an intervention, my parents sat me down, and they said, ‘We have a plane waiting for you, if you’re willing to go.’ And the whole time, I just kept thinking, ‘There’s nowhere else to go, there’s nothing else to do. I’ve lost everything right now, and I just have to work to get it back.
Her first stint in rehab was not beneficial for her. She quickly relapsed into alcohol and cocaine addiction. In her latest documentary, she told,
She was talking about her 2012 documentary, Stay Strong, which ironically enough was also about her battle with addiction. She moved into a sober-living facility in 2012. She celebrated her six years of sobriety in March 2018. However, in her song, Sober, she revealed that she had relapsed.
The last time I did an interview this long I was on cocaine.
Her relapse on July this year did not come as a surprise to her fans as well as family as she was seen in a social media post with beer in her hand. However, at the time she said it was Red Bull. She was rushed to the hospital immediately and her family says that she is recovering. There are reports that the 25-year-old “is going straight to rehab after she leaves.” It is still unclear when she is being discharged from the hospital.
Let’s hope that the third rehab really changes the life of our favorite Latina singer. If you or anyone you know is going through the same issues then please, contact The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s 24/7 National Helpline 1-800-662-HELP(4537).
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