Demi Lovato Reveals Why She Didn’t Think She’d Overdose After Trying Meth, Crack Cocaine
Demi Lovato has come forward with brave honesty about her 2018 overdose in her new YouTube docuseries, “Dancing With The Devil”. She speaks candidly about her drug addiction, overdose, and recovery, speaking about the dangers of relapse and what led to her near-fatal overdose. Keep reading to learn more about Demi Lovato’s struggle with drug addiction, the truth about overdose, and when it is time for you to get help.
Demi Lovato’s Overdose Struggle
After six years of sobriety, Lovato revealed that she felt like she could handle drinking, a common misconception about recovery that many people experience. After drinking red wine, she went all the way to hard drugs within the first 24 hours.
“I did drugs I’d never done before,” Lovato says. “I’d never done meth before, I tried meth. I mixed it with molly, with coke, weed, alcohol, OxyContin. That alone should have killed me.”
And she’s right.
But on the night of her overdose, she told friends she was going to bed after a party. In reality, she called her dealer to bring her drugs. After smoking what she now believes was fentanyl-laced drugs, she woke up in the hospital in disbelief.
“I was so shocked when I woke up in the hospital because I was, like, ‘No, I’m not injecting it. I can’t overdose on it,’” she admits. However, once too much of the drugs are in your system—no matter how they are administered—they can kill you.
The Truth About Overdose and Drug Addiction
Two of the very common misconceptions about drug addiction took place to lead Demi Lovato to her near-deadly overdose. That mixing won’t hurt you, and that smoking won’t lead you to overdose.
How Mixing Drugs and Alcohol Leads to Overdose
The most common intoxicant—alcohol—is the most likely to be mixed with other drugs. This is because once alcohol intoxication takes place, one of the behavioral side effects is lowered inhibitions. One would be more likely to mix drugs with alcohol once already intoxicated, and a person who abuses alcohol has a greater risk of using at least one other substance, such as marijuana, cocaine, and heroin.
In Lovato’s case, on the morning after her July 24, 2018 overdose, her assistant was growing concerned that she hadn’t yet woken for the day’s planned activities. She entered Lovato’s room to see what was going on, only to find her unresponsive. Lovato had suffered from a heart attack and multiple strokes that left her partially blind, and if the assistant wasn’t on-hand to find her, she would have died.
Alcohol is a depressant, and mixing it with other drugs can cause dangerous effects on the body. These include:
- Heart attack
- Extremely slow heart rate
- Liver disease
- Short-term and long-term memory loss
- Respiratory problems
- Poor coordination
- Difficulty concentrating
When to Get Help
If you or a loved one struggles with addiction, it is important to know when to reach out for help—even if they are still sober. Knowing what signs to look for when it comes to a possible relapse is just as important because, much like Lovato’s case, the proverbial flood gates open, and deadly overdoses after a relapse are extremely common.
Signs of an impending relapse include:
- Romanticizing. Remembering your past use, wishing you could go back to your party days, and fondly thinking about how alcohol or drugs smelled or taste are huge red flags. You became sober for a reason, and it is important to shift your thoughts back to your “why”.
- Thinking you can handle it now. You’ve been sober for long enough, you can handle it now, right? Wrong. Much like with Demi Lovato, you will very soon discover that your brain will rewire right back into addiction mode—a mode you worked very hard to get out of.
- High stress, anxiety, or depression levels. If your mental health is suffering and you’re experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety, or depression, it is imperative that you seek help for this right away, or it can quickly lead to a relapse.
- Not following your program anymore. Feeling confident in your recovery and like you no longer need to attend meetings or check in with your sober support system anymore? As backward as it sounds, this confidence is what will lead you to relapse. Sobriety is an ongoing journey, one that takes constant work. Once the work stops, you will derail.
- Isolation. If you find yourself isolating yourself from friends, family, hobbies, activities, and your support system, it is important for you to find out why. Losing track of your routine and what makes you happy can lead you down the path of relapse and overdose.
About The Pointe Malibu Recovery Center
Demi Lovato is an extremely lucky case of overdose. Most people are not so lucky. If you or someone you love needs help, The Pointe Malibu Recovery Centers’ highly trained and experienced physicians, nursing staff, and clinicians are here for you.
We guide our clients through the medical detox and stabilization process, all the way through to the end of the treatment stay. Our drug and alcohol treatment programs at our world-renowned recovery facility draw upon the finest evidence-, abstinence- and holistic-based therapies. At the same time, we solidify that link with four key components that form our Integrated Care Alliance.
If you’re ready to start your family’s journey to long-lasting recovery, we can help.