Representative for Demi Lovato provides health update in the wake of hospitalization for suspected 'drug overdose'
Yesterday, TMZ announced that Demi Lovato had been rushed to hospital after an apparent heroin overdose. Sources reported that she was still unconscious when paramedics arrived at her home in the Hollywood Hills, but that she was eventually roused and treated with Narcan - an emergency treatment for overdoses with narcotic substances.
Several hours after the initial report was released, however, the 25-year-old singer's representatives issued a statement saying that "Some of the information being reported is incorrect and [Lovato and her family] respectfully ask for privacy and not speculation as her health and recovery is the most important thing right now."
Now, it is believed that the medical emergency may not have been as a result of a heroin overdose.
Thankfully, though, Lovato is said to be making improvements already. "Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers and support," the singer's spokesperson said.
This is not the first time that the former Disney Channel star has had problems with substance abuse, however.
In the past, Lovato has been very open about her struggles with addiction, and has spoken publicly about her experiences with drugs and alcohol. Just a few months back, in fact, on March 15th, she stopped a concert to tell the crowd she was celebrating her sixth year of sobriety.
"Yesterday, six years ago, I was drinking vodka out of a Sprite bottle at 9 in the morning, throwing up in the car," she said. "And I just remember thinking, 'This is no longer cute. This is no longer fun. And I’m just like my dad.' So I took a look at my life and I said, ‘Something has to change, I’ve got to get sober’ — so I did."
Unfortunately, in June, she released a song about her relapse into addiction.
The track, which is called Sober, includes the lyrics: "Momma I’m so sorry I’m not sober anymore / And Daddy please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor. / To the ones who never left me, we’ve been down this road before / I’m so sorry, I’m not sober anymore."
What's more, a source close to the singer revealed to People that the singer was never truly "over" her struggle with drink and drugs.
"Demi was never really clean and sober from all of her demons," the source said. "She has been fighting depression and anxiety for quite some time — and is still in such a dark place. She was sober for a while, but not completely sober for six years."
Another individual close to the singer added that "You could tell when Demi was doing well with her sobriety because she wasn’t hanging out at clubs. She has still very much kept up her work schedule and daily life, but there have definitely been signs that she isn’t doing great with her sobriety."
The exact details of Lovato's need for medical treatment have not yet been revealed, but her team have said that she will not be performing at the concerts she had scheduled for later this week.
We wish the singer a speedy recovery, and hope that she gets help for her addiction struggles as soon as possible.