Demi Lovato awake after being rushed to hospital following a suspected drug overdose

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The singer has openly discussed her issues with substance abuse

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The 25-year-old has openly discussed her battles with substance abuse.

Demi Lovato is awake and recovering with her family after the pop singer was reportedly hospitalised yesterday Tuesday for an overdose.

“Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers and support,” Lovato’s representative said in a statement on Tuesday evening. “Some of the information being reported is incorrect and they respectfully ask for privacy and not speculation as her health and recovery is the most important thing right now.”

The statement did not provide any details on what led to the singer’s hospitalisation.

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Emergency officials confirmed they transported a 25-year-old woman who lives on Lovato’s block to the hospital after receiving a call at 11.22 am on Tuesday.

TMZ was the first to report that Lovato had been hospitalised for a drug overdose, based on its sources, and other outlets including People magazine also reported her hospitalisation based on sources.

Lovato indicated in a new song released last month that she relapsed after six years of sobriety. On the song Sober, she sings the lyrics: “Momma, I’m so sorry I’m not sober anymore/And daddy please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor.”

In her YouTube documentary released last year called Demi Lovato, Simply Complicated, she openly discusses her cocaine use and battles with alcohol.

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Lovato was scheduled to perform in Atlantic City on Thursday before travelling to Latin America for the final leg of her 52-date tour.

News crews gathered outside Lovato’s home in the Hollywood Hills, where vehicles were seen entering and leaving Tuesday afternoon. Their occupants did not stop to speak to reporters.

The hashtag #PrayForDemi trended on Twitter and several celebrities posted supportive words Tuesday, including Missy Elliott, Ariana Grande, Brad Paisley, Kesha, Bebe Rexha, Meghan Trainor, Maren Morris, Kehlani and British electronic group Clean Bandit, whose current single Solo features Lovato.

Ellen DeGeneres tweeted that “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.”

The singer-actress, who entered rehab in 2010, struggled with an eating disorder, self-mutilation and other issues. She has spoken out about her battles with drugs and alcohol over the years, and she’s become a role model for young women and men who have faced their own issues.

Lovato, who was a child actress on the TV series Barney & Friends, broke on the scene as a teen on the Disney Channel film Camp Rock and the TV series Sonny with a Chance. She went on to become a multi-platinum pop star, launching Top 10 hits like Sorry Not SorrySkyscraper, and Heart Attack. Her 2015 album, Confident, earned her a Grammy nomination for best pop vocal album.

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If you know someone who's struggling with substance abuse, there are a few things you should be aware of if you want to help them.

Young Post spoke to Angelique Tam, executive director of The Society for the Aid and Rehabilitation of Drug Abusers (SARDA), who says most people who are addicted will not admit to having an addiction, and that ultimately the only thing that can help them overcome it is professional help. If you suspect someone you know is abusing drugs, inform a trusted adult, or a social worker, who has the knowledge of how to approach and handle this delicate situation. Don't wait till the symptoms are too obvious; the longer they take to get help, the longer it can take to recover. 

Of course, it's often hard to tell if someone is addicted, because the signs are so easy to miss in the first place, and if someone is addicted, they're often also very good and covering up those signs and their activities. This can be even more complicated if they're using multiple kinds of drugs. Nevertheless, as difficult to spot as it might be, here are some general signs of addiction: memory loss, difficulty concentrating, dramatic weight gain or loss, and tendency to avoid social occasions.

If you're struggling, reach out and talk. Hong Kong has several 24-hour hotlines that you can, and should, call when you need help