Demi Lovato Hospitalized For Apparent Overdose

By Beth Leipholtz 07/24/18

Paramedics reportedly administered Narcan before transporting the singer to the hospital for further treatment.

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato has been hospitalized after an alleged heroin overdose, according to numerous reports Tuesday afternoon.

According to TMZ, which broke the news, the singer and actress, 25, was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital shortly before noon on Tuesday, July 24.

Paramedics were called to the singer's Hollywood Hills home where she was found unconscious. The first responders reportedly treated the singer with Narcan before transporting her to the hospital, according to TMZ.

Law enforcement tells TMZ that the hospitalization was due to a heroin overdose and Lovato is being treated. Currently, her condition is not known. 

Lovato has a history of substance use disorder, bipolar disorder and has also battled bulimia. On March 15, 2018, she celebrated six years of sobriety. However, in June, Lovato released a new song called “Sober,” which led listeners to believe she was no longer abstaining from substance use.

The chorus of the song is as follows: 

“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.”

In October 2017, Lovato released a YouTube documentary called Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated, in which she discussed her alcohol and cocaine use. 

Last October, Lovato also spoke out about her recovery when receiving the Spirit of Sobriety award at a Brent Shapiro Foundation fundraising event.

Every day is a battle,” she said. "You just have to take it one day at a time, some days are easier than others and some days you forget about drinking and using, but for me, I work on my physical health, which is important, but my mental health as well.”

She added that when it comes to her recovery, she puts in the work like anyone else. “I see a therapist twice a week,” she said. "I make sure I stay on my medications. I go to AA meetings. I do what I can physically in the gym. I make it a priority.”

In the aftermath of her apparent overdose, other celebrities reached out, offering their prayers.

“My friend @ddlovato is one of the kindest, most talented people I’ve ever met,” tweeted country singer Brad Paisley. “Praying for her right now, addiction is a terrifying disease. There is no one more honest or brave than this woman.”

Ellen DeGeneres also offered her support.

“I love @DDLovato so much,” she wrote on Twitter. “It breaks my heart that she is going through this. She is a light in this world, and I am sending my love to her and her family.”

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Beth is a Minnesota girl who got sober at age 20. By day she is a website designer, and in her spare time she enjoys writing about recovery at, doing graphic design and spending time with her boyfriend and three dogs. Find Beth on LinkedInInstagram and Twitter.