As you've likely heard by now, Demi Lovato suffered an overdose that left her hospitalized earlier this week.
The news of Demi's recent relapse came shortly after the singer celebrated six years of sobriety.
As is often the case with this sort of scenario, Demi's loved ones are angry, confused, and desperate for answers.
And at least one of her close friends is looking for someone to blame.
"Anybody who was with Demi last night and actually calls themselves a friend should be incredibly disgusted with themselves. SICK!!!” Demi's guitarist Mike Manning wrote on social media this week.
“You can never trust anyone. Never can know if your ‘friends’ are truly on your side are not,” he continued.
He went on to single out friends of Demi's from her hometown of Dallas:
“Every scum lying piece of ‘wannabe’ piece of sh*t, you will be exposed cuz everyone knows who you are."
"These fake Dallas ‘I think I’m somebodies’…get out of here. I almost lost my sister today!!! I will expose everyone."
His anger is certainly understandable, but unfortunately, this sort of misdirected rage has already resulted in disastrous consequences.
Prior to her overdose, Demi was spotted doing shots at an LA bar to celebrate the birthday of backup dancer and friend Dani Vitale.
In the days since Lovato was hospitalized, Vitale has been on the receiving end of death threats and hateful tirades from fans.
Look, bad influences can be an extremely destructive force in anyone's life, and they're especially dangerous for addicts.
At times like these, it's easy to point the finger instead of doing the difficult work of looking inward.
We're a long way from understanding the root causes of addiction, but they certainly run much deeper than "running with the wrong crowd."
We all know that it's dismissive and overly simplistic to say that addicts are 100 percent to blame for their affliction.
But it's just as reductive to point the finger at their friends.
Addiction is a complex lifelong struggle, and we wish Demi all the best as she prepares to do battle yet again.