By: Sebastian Gonzalez
Demetria Devonne Lovato, known to her fans as Demi Lovato, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Originally a child star on the show Barney & Friends, Lovato later debuted as a Disney Channel staple. With TV hits like Camp Rock and Sonny With a Chance, she quickly rose in the Hollywood hierarchy.
Lovato’s debut album Don’t Forget was released on September 23, 2008, and was largely considered a pop album aimed at younger audiences.
Now, years later, Lovato has recently released her 6th studio album and has been a judge on the critically-acclaimed singing competition show The X Factor.
It would be no exaggeration to say that Lovato is a role model to many young girls across America that grew up watching her on TV and listening to her music.
But, on Wednesday, July 24 at 1:28 p.m., Lovato was admitted to a hospital for an alleged heroin overdose. Officers found her in her Hollywood Hills mansion and treated her with the overdose-reversal drug Narcan.
The pop star released a song last month titled “Sober” in which she describes losing her struggle with addiction as well as her recent relapse. Prior to this, Lovato was allegedly sober for six years, following treatment and after moving into a sober living home.
In the wake of other child starlets like Lindsay Lohan and Miley Cyrus, Lovato is adding to the ever-lengthening list of Disney stars that have fallen prey to addiction. This goes to show that the disease of addiction does not discriminate.
“One of the hardest things was learning I was worth recovery.” – Demi Lovato
Lovato advocates for mental health and is very open about her addiction, bipolar disorder and eating disorder. She even partnered with the CAST Foundation to offer free mental health sessions during her tour earlier this year.
As of July 25 at 8 a.m. Lovato is “awake and stable,” though that is not always the case for many who overdose on opioids.
Find Help Today
If this news is difficult for you, you are not alone. It is important to remember that although Lovato has been vocal about her struggles, nobody is immune to addiction or mental health conditions. Addiction doesn’t wait and it doesn’t care about your race, gender, income, or social status. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, the time to act is now.
Call Delphi Behavioral Health Group at 800-273-8255 or contact us online to get in touch with an addiction specialist who will help you find a treatment center that is focused on your successful and lasting sobriety.
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