American singer, songwriter, and actress Demi Lovato has been struggling with substance abuse for most of her adult life. After having recently suffered an opioid overdose that landed her in the hospital and in drug rehab, Lovato has plans to return to the Hollywood Hills mansion where she overdosed. The singer had initially put her mansion up for sale at the beginning of September but has since decided to continue living in her home.
Lovato’s History with Addiction
Before her first admittance to drug rehab at the age of 18, Lovato suffered from depression, self-mutilation, bullying, and eating disorders that she says influenced her to self-medicate using drugs and alcohol. Despite receiving professional treatment at inpatient residential rehab, Lovato continued struggling with her co-occurring disorders following treatment. In several interviews, Lovato revealed having been addicted to cocaine, which she smuggled onto airplanes and used in private to hide her substance abuse problems from friends and family.
In a 2017 YouTube documentary about her life, Lovato revealed that she was still struggling with alcohol and cocaine use disorders and had come close to overdosing several times. The singer-songwriter also revealed that she had been in and out of sober living homes but faced difficulty with staying sober long-term. In June 2018, Lovato opened up about relapsing after 6 years of sobriety.
Lovato’s Opioid Overdose
On July 24, 2018, Lovato was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after being found unresponsive in her home. Later reports revealed that Lovato had been using oxycodone that was laced with fentanyl — a powerful opioid up to 100 times stronger than morphine. Emergency medical workers revived Lovato using Narcan — an opioid overdose antidote drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. After Lovato’s hospitalization, the former Disney Channel actress went to drug rehab to receive medical detox and addiction treatment, where she is still recovering from her recent overdose.
Lovato’s Recovery and Return Home
Lovato had put her Hollywood Hills mansion on the market in September just weeks after suffering her near-fatal overdose, but sources report that nobody looked at the property while Lovato was in rehab. Since monthly maintenance costs for the mansion are $60,000, Lovato has plans to move back in after completing her latest drug rehab program.
Getting Help for Opioid Addiction
Opioid overdoses now kill more than 115 people in the U.S. every day. In some instances, opioid overdoses are too severe to reverse using Narcan — especially overdoses involving fentanyl. Medications such as Suboxone, Vivitrol, and naltrexone may be used to reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms and help you experience a safer, more comfortable recovery. Getting help for opioid addiction today can help you overcome drug dependence and avoid a fatal overdose.
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