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Inside Demi Lovato’s battle to stay sober

Disney star, Demi Lovato is said to be stable after an apparent overdose on Tuesday at her apartment.

According to a source, she was saved by her friends. “One of her friends had Narcan on hand in case something like this happened. Her friends knew this was coming because she’s been using so much again. They were up all night partying the night before at her house,.

“Luckily, the Narcan worked and she will recover.”

Narcan is a drug used to treat narcotic overdoses in emergencies.

Lovato was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday, July 24, after she was found unconscious in her home by paramedics.

“She had two friends with her at her house that called 911. They were hysterical when paramedics arrived and Demi was unconscious.
“But the friends acted very quickly and saved her life.”

The 25-year-old has been sober for a while her daily battles with addictions. It’s obvious from her official documentary – Simply Complicated – released October last year, that the singer has no problem being open about her addictions.

SUNRISE, FL – DECEMBER 17: Demi Lovato attends the 2017 Y100 Jingle Ball at BB&T Center on December 17, 2017 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

“The last time I did an interview this long, I was on cocaine.”

In a previous interview she referred to was for another documentary in 2012, Stay Strong – in which she spoke of her “daily battle” with eating disorders, self-harm and mental health issues, as well as addiction.

However, she insisted she got clean soon after making that film but a month ago, in a new song titled “Sober” fans discovered she had relapsed. “I’m not sober any more.”

Her documentaries revealed the pressures of being a teen star, being in a dysfunctional relationship with her father and bullying all which contributed to the issues that have threatened to drag her under at various points in her career.

Lovato’s problems began with food and suicidal thoughts even before her big break on TV show Barney & Friends at the age of 10. When she was age 12 kids in her class signed a petition encouraging her to kill herself.

The pressures increased even when she found stardom in Disney hits Camp Rock and Sonny with a Chance, before launching a pop career.

“I felt the pressure increase when the fame started to creep into my life,” she said in the latest documentary. “I started to feel pressure to look a certain way, to sing music that people would like rather than sing music that I would like.
“There was more pressure to succeed… I was a perfectionist and I really wanted to be the best of the best. It didn’t let up at all. It just mounted more and more.”

Her first trial with cocaine was at the age of 17 when she was working on the Disney Channel. “I felt out of control with the coke the first time,” she said.

She added: “My dad was an addict and an alcoholic and I guess I always searched for what he found in drugs and alcohol because it fulfilled him and he chose that over a family.”

In 2010, she dropped out of Camp Rock 2 tour with the Jonas Brothers after which she publicly admitted that anything was wrong. She went into rehab for what was described at the time as “emotional and physical issues she has dealt with for some time”.

The breaking point had come when she and her backing dancers trashed their hotel one night after drinking and smoking weed.

Lovato was also taking Adderall, an addictive prescription stimulant – and she punched a backing dancer who told her parents and manager she was using the drug.
“I lived fast and I was going to die young,” she said in 2016. “I didn’t think I would make it to 21.”

After her treatment, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She continued taking cocaine and Xanax. “I wasn’t working my program,” she said. “I wasn’t ready to get sober.

“I was sneaking it on planes, sneaking it in bathrooms, sneaking it throughout the night – nobody knew… I was either craving drugs or on drugs… I was not easy to work with.”

She revealed in the documentary that she faked drug test by submitting other people’s urine and on one occasion was taken to hospital after a suicide attempt. It was only after she hit such lows that she made a concerted effort to get clean.

The documentary ended on a predictably upbeat note, with her transformation at that point described as “a miracle”.

Last month, she released the song “Sober.”
“Momma, I’m so sorry, I’m not sober any more/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 any more.”

Two weeks earlier, she had cancelled two shows of her UK tour.

Fans are hoping she can get back to a point where she can live with her demons, even if taming them has proved a painful struggle

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