(WJBK) - Those dealing with addiction are told with recovery there is often relapse, and pop star Demi Lovato is a very vivid example of how true that is.
In a beautiful way, the 25-year-old expressed her painful addiction in her song, "Sober." The song was released just months ago in which she admits she's not sober anymore, after very publically celebrating six years of sobriety.
Her struggle became very clear when paramedics found her unconscious when they arrived at her Hollywood Hills home around 1:30 Tuesday afternoon. She reportedly had to be revived with Narcan, which reverses the effects of a narcotic overdose.
The pop singer was out Monday night celebrating a friend's birthday and posted happy pictures to her private Instagram. It's been speculated that Lovato had overdosed on an opioid, the powerful painkilling drugs that are highly addictive and dangerous.
"People overdose, not necessarily because they're taking too much all at once, but they slowly increase and increase and increase the amount they take to get same pain relief, but the side effect profile stays just as dangerous. So they end up, unfortunately, stopping breathing and dying," explains Dr. Roy Soto, an anesthesiologist with Beaumont Hospital.
Ironically she was to be featured Tuesday night on FOX's "Beat Shazam," but the network pulled the episode following Tuesday's news. At the taping of FOX's "The Four," judges Meghan Trainor and DJ Kalid both had her in their prayers.
"I can't get Demi Lovato out of my head. I'm really heartbroken for her and her family and what's she's going through, but hopefully she's under good care right now and we're all praying for her," Trainor said.
"I made a record with her and she's a beautiful soul, beautiful woman, a great friend, and I'm praying for her. I'm happy I just heard that she's conscious, and ... we don't know the full details, but I know God got her and I know she got herself, too," DJ Khaled said.
Narcan is available over the counter and there are nonprofit organizations making it available to people who need it.