Demi Lovato is five years sober, and that’s something to celebrate.
The “Confident” singer has been open about her deeply personal struggles with drugs and alcohol. On Wednesday, she commemorated the fifth anniversary of her sobriety with a heartfelt message to fans and, most importantly, herself.
“So grateful. It’s been quite the journey. So many ups and downs. So many times I wanted to relapse but sat on my hands and begged God to relieve the obsession,” she captioned a screenshot documenting her achievement. “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.”
At the height of her fame as a Disney Channel star, in 2010, the pop star checked into rehab for three months following a public exit from the Jonas Brothers Live in Concert tour. At one of her lowest points, Lovato heavily depended on cocaine to get her through the day, forcing her to take the drug everywhere she went, including airplanes.
“Something I’ve never talked about before, but with my drug use I could hide it to where I would sneak drugs,” she told Access Hollywood in 2013. “I couldn’t go without 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine and I would bring it on airplanes. I would smuggle it basically and just wait until everyone in first class would go to sleep and I would do it right there. I’d sneak to the bathroom and I’d do it.”
Lovato was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder, putting her on a path to become one of the most outspoken advocates for mental health in the entertainment industry. She recently served as the executive producer of “Beyond Silence,” a film documenting the struggles of three individuals living with mental health conditions.
“I wish that more people can understand from a point where it’s not a choice to have an addiction,” she said on her three-year sobriety anniversary. “And with bipolar disorder, it’s a chemical imbalance and it’s something that you have to figure out your own treatment with your own team. In order to do that, it takes time … Finally I’m in a great place where I can say recovery is possible.”