Although they seem (and often think they’re) larger than life, celebrities are people too. Often their problems are larger than life as well, and so although it’s easy for the cynic to dismiss them as trivial, their arts impact millions. After an alleged drug overdose on July 24th, we’re excited to hear that singer Demi Lovato appears to be doing well in her rehab.
In Her Own Words
Demi’s recovery has mostly been private, but recently she posted a few thoughts online. “I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction. What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet.” Demi added, “I now need time to heal and focus on my sobriety and road to recovery. The love you have all shown me will never be forgotten and I look forward to the day where I can say I came out on the other side. I will keep fighting.”
One of the reasons Lovato’s story is worth paying attention to, even for non-fans, is the sheer number of warning signs she exhibited. It’s a reminder of how important it is to pay attention to red flags from our loved ones. Lovato has a long history with substance abuse issues dating back to at least when she was 18 when she went to rehab. She was quite vocal about her struggles, discussing them in her music and in a documentary about her.
Some began to worry about her when she ironically forgot the lyrics to her song “Sober” which was about the struggles with her sobriety. The night before her overdose, she allegedly partied for twelve hours straight, downing shots as people cheered her on. Apparently this had been happening for several weeks before the overdose.
Change in Tolerance
When a person builds a chemical dependence on a drug, their tolerance to the drug changes. It takes a different amount to cause the same effect as it used to, often causing a person to take more and more. When a person has been sober, they are at extreme risk of an overdose if they take the same amount that they have in the past. Thankfully Demi was able to get access to naloxone, an emergency overdose antidote.
We wish Demi the best in her recovery, and we hope that if you’re struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, you’ll be able to learn from her warning and get help sooner than later. To learn about drug rehab centers for you or a loved one, contact us today.