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Instead of Tuesday’s news being filled with updates about the weather, splashed across every news page was Demi Lovato’s radiant face with the caption “Heroine Overdose.”
The 25 year-old has, unfortunately, struggled with depression, addiction and disordered eating dating back to 2010 when she checked herself into rehab at the age of 18.
According to news sources, Lovato was found unconscious and revived with Narcan, which reverses the effects of a narcotic overdose.
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While the reports say that the overdose was heroine related, there is still some speculation around it.
Lovato has opened up in the past about her struggled with addiction, mental illness, self-harm, and eating disorders.
Just a few months ago the star released a song labeled “sober” in which she confessed that she had recently broken her sobriety of six years.
While many friends and fellow stars have took to social media in support of Demi Lovato, there has also been a lot of backlash.
For years, the trend of victim blaming has been what most stars must endure when they go through a struggling period of their life.
Of course, the argument is always, “childhood stars get ahold of too much money and then CHOSE to throw their lives away with drugs are irrational decisions. ”
While there is a plethora of truth behind “addiction will destroy your life,” something tells me that most stars don’t start doing heroine or become alcoholics hoping that it will destroy their lives.
Being in the limelight means that you are constantly being criticized and judged for your actions and looks.
Demi Lovato began her career at just 13 when she made her debut on “Camp Rock” and “Sunny with a Chance.”
At just 13-years-old, Lovato was receiving countless amounts of hate surrounding her weight and looks.
Just like many childhood starts, when the hate and pressure begins that early, it is proven difficult to allow it to not affect your mental state.
Luckily, for society as a whole, more attention and awareness has been brought to mental illness and addiction.
While there will always be people who chose to belittle people who struggle with mental illness or addiction, there will also always be people who stand by you and know just how serious it really is.
One can only hope that awareness of mental illness and addiction continued to spread and becomes something that we nurture, rather than something we chose to use against someone.
Hi my name is Maddie Manley and I am a editing, writing and media major at Florida State University with a minor in communications and film. I have written for multiple sites and had 2 internships in writing. I love to write and can't wait to see where it takes me in life!