Demi Lovato Celebrates 5 Years Sober: Read Her Message
Demi Lovato has something important to say.
And we doubt anyone will take issue with this statement.
Forget the controversial fact over Lovato claiming to be 1% African, she’s here with a far more persona message to send to all social media followers.
On Tuesday, the 24-year old celebrated a milestone:
She has now been sober for five years.
“So grateful. It’s been quite the journey. So many ups and downs,” the beloved star wrote alongside a progress tracker (below) from The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
She added as a caption to this image:
“So many times I wanted to relapse but sat on my hands and begged God to relieve the obsession. I’m so proud of myself but I couldn’t have done it without my higher power (God), my family, friends, and everyone else who supported me.
“Feeling humbled and joyful today.
“Thank you guys for sticking by my side and believing in me.”
Over the years, of course, the former Disney channel actress hasn’t shied away from addressing her tumultuous teenage years.
She’s spoken out on numerous occasions about her past of substance abuse, addiction, eating disorders, depression and self-inflicted harm, all in the hopes of helping other people going through similar tribulations.
Back in 2010, Lovato left a tour with the Jonas Brothers in order to check into a rehab facility for three months.
She emerged a changed young woman, although she has often admitted that the struggle remains real and constant.
In 2013, for example, Demi reportedly moved into a sober living house for about a year.
She has since advocated for mental health reform on Capitol Hill after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
And, for someone who once fought a serious eating disorder, which stemmed from severe body confidence struggles, Lovato is now proud and open with her figure.
When she shares a revealing Instagram photo, for instance, she isn’t trying to make headlines or increase her follower count.
She’s trying to prove that anyone can feel good about him or herself.
“Like millions of Americans, I’m living with mental illness,” Lovato said before the crowd in Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention last summer.
“But I’m lucky.
“I had the resources and support to get treatment at a top facility. Unfortunately, too many Americans from all walks of life don’t get help, either because they fear the stigma or cannot afford treatment.
“Untreated mental illness can lead to devastating consequences, including suicide, substance abuse and long-term medical issues.
“We can do better. Every one of us can make a difference.
“By getting educated on this epidemic and its frightening statistics and by breaking the stigma. I urge every politician to support laws that will provide access to better health care and support for everyone.
“This is not about politics. It’s simply the right thing to do.”
five fifty more years of good health and happiness.