Demi Lovato raised speculation and concerns that the singer had fallen off the wagon and relapsed on alcohol and drugs. The 25-year-old devastated her fans by singing the words “I’m not sober anymore” during her new song Sober at a recent concert.
Family, friends and fans were further worried when witnesses said she was visibly unstable after leaving a club on a recent night out, suggesting that she was once again drinking alcohol.
Demi Lovato Rushed to Hospital Following Overdose
Tragically, on Tuesday 24th July, the famous singer was found unconscious by paramedics at her Hollywood home following suspected alcohol and drug overdose; subsequently, she was rushed to a hospital. She is now said to be recovering and awake in a medical facility with her family by her side.
The Mexican singers official documentary was released in October 2017.
During the documentary, Lovato was refreshingly open and honest in speaking about her battle with alcohol and drug addiction.
Lovato is one of the biggest selling artists in the world and has multi-platinum awards under her belt. She has previously been a remarkable role model for young women through overcoming her addiction battles with cocaine addiction, alcohol addiction, bipolar disorder and bulimia nervosa (a debilitating eating disorder).
Demi Lovato Still Haunted By Her Addiction Demons
Demi most definitely has not has an easy time in putting her demons to bed, but in March this year, she took to Twitter to announce her 6th year of continuous recovery from alcohol and drugs. Demi proudly tweeted:
“Just officially turned 6 years sober. So grateful for another year of joy, health and happiness. It IS possible.”
It was not long after that fans began to worry that she had possibly lost her recovery and relapsed.
Heartbreakingly, Lovato was only the tender age of 18 when she first entered a drug and alcohol rehab clinic in 2010, to receive treatment for her addiction problems with alcohol, cocaine, food and self-harm.
Since her rehab treatment programme, she has remained open around her past and her recovery to inspire and encourage others to seek help for their addiction.
Stars Offer Support on Twitter As Lovato’s Concert is Cancelled
Whilst there has been no official confirmation of Demi’s suspected alcohol relapse or drug overdose, the stars upcoming concert in New Jersey has been cancelled. A sure sign that the singer needs some time out to look after herself. Whether or not she will need to return to alcohol rehab is not clear at this point.
Since the “Sober” singers recent admission to hospital, touching messages of support have flooded Twitter from stars and fans alike; many of their messages referring to Lovato’s brave and ongoing battle with addiction.
— kristie (@Kristieonair) June 21, 2018
Singer Kehlani tweeted “This is a very personal moment and respected delicately [sic]. All we can do is send our best wishes and love. Addiction is not simple nor easy. You’re very loved @ddlovato you’ll beat this as you did before.”
Lady Gaga, who also took to Twitter said “We should all wrap our arms of love around Demi Lovato. I am so happy you’re alive. Thank God. If I know my monsters as well as I believe I do, we all wish you self-compassion and inner peace. And may you receive the love so many have for you.”
Other stars who have sent well wishes, supporting Demi’s recovery include Bruno Mars, Lily Allen, Ariana Grande and Keisha. Touchingly, Ellen DeGeneres wrote: “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.”
Childhood Stars At Higher Risk of Addiction
If love alone could beat addiction it is obvious that Demi would not have a problem. It would seem she is very much adored by fans and fellow artists alike. It is important to recognise that addiction is a very powerful illness that cannot be permanently cured by any means but that it can be successfully treated with a professional addiction treatment programme.
The music and film industry, in particular, is awash with temptation as far as alcohol and drugs go; many involved in these high profile industries have their own personal battles with drug and alcohol addiction.
Those that are introduced to this kind of pressurised environment at a young and impressionable age whilst their brain is still developing are more likely go on to develop a problem with alcohol, drugs or an eating disorder.
Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez at the 2008 Teen Choice Awards, have all suffered very public battles with alcohol, drugs and addiction.
Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Lindsay Lohan are just a few of the Hollywood stars who have endured a very public battle with addiction and mental health; all have worked in the music and film industry since childhood and have entered alcohol and drug rehab centres for intensive treatment at different points in their careers.
The Link Between Stress and Addiction Relapse
We have learned so much about addiction in the past ten or so years. Thanks to advanced scientific studies, research has shown that exposure to alcohol and drugs at a young age makes an individual more vulnerable to developing an addiction.
We have also learned that stress is commonly associated with alcohol relapse, drug relapse and mental health illness relapse. This is due to the fact that under pressure and stress, the brain releases a number of chemicals into the body as a response. These chemicals can produce a craving for the need to be soothed; much like the craving alcoholics and drug addicts suffer from an addiction.
Behavioural and neurobiological compatibilities are now being identified, and some evidence of molecular and cellular changes associated with chronic stress and addiction has been proven.
If an individual turns to substances from a young age in order to cope with stress, it is probably that stress will trigger the same response in the brain – even if they are in recovery from alcohol and drugs.
If they have not gained the tools or coping mechanisms to safely address and minimise stress – they will be highly vulnerable to relapse.
Demi Needs To Concentrate on Her Recovery
Those that grow up in the public eye like Demi Lovato, are exposed to an extremely stressful environment where nothing less than perfect is acceptable. They are acutely conscious of the image that they portray to the general public and very aware that any mistakes could potentially cost them their career.
Demi cannot possibly recover successfully with this kind of constant pressure. PCP truly hope that she takes the time out that she needs and deserves just to concentrate on herself and her recovery.
Demi Lovato Update on Recovery
CNN reported on the 31st of July, “Demi Lovato is experiencing “complications” and remains hospitalized following her apparent drug overdose, two sources close to the singer tell CNN. Those complications include “nausea, vomiting and a high fever,” the sources say. Although she’s expected to “make a full recovery,” there is “no estimate” as to when she will be released from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
PCP wish Demi a very speedy recovery and hope that the star is soon back on her feet and firmly in recovery once again.
Sources and Links
- Update link https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/28/entertainment/demi-lovato-hospital-wilmer-valderamma/index.html