Demi Lovato has earned a lot of fans over the years and it’s not just because of her hit songs. The singer and former child star has not been shy about sharing her struggles with mental health issues, including bipolar disorder, eating disorders, self-harm and addiction.
Lovato also wants to help others with these issues, and is offering free group therapy to fans during her current tour. Now, the entertainer is celebrating an important milestone in her recovery: six years of sobriety.
Lovato took to Twitter to mark the occasion this week:
Just officially turned 6 years sober. So grateful for another year of joy, health and happiness. It IS possible. 🙏🏼
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) March 15, 2018
Lovato’s sobriety stretches back to her teens. On March 15, the 25-year-old wrote, “Just officially turned 6 years sober. So grateful for another year of joy, health and happiness. It IS possible.”
In September 2017, Lovato received the Spirit of Sobriety award at the annual Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug Prevention Summer Spectacular in Beverly Hills. Despite the fact that she has several years of sober living under her belt, Lovato stressed at the event that it’s still something she works on daily.
“Every day is a battle,” she said at the event, according to People magazine. “You just have to take it one day at a time, some days are easier than others and some days you forget about drinking and using, but for me, I work on my physical health, which is important, but my mental health as well.”
Lovato previously shared her journey with sobriety in two documentaries: 2012’s “Demi Lovato: Stay Strong” and 2017’s “Simply Complicated.” While she now admits that she was still using cocaine while filming the former, she saw the second film as a way to really come clean.
Lovato also commemorated her six years of sobriety on Instagram, where she gave a shout-out to Cast Centers, the treatment center she’s part owner of, and announced a contest wherein users are asked to share their own recovery stories for a chance to be a special guest speaker at her final tour date in Tampa, Florida on March 31:
Congratulations to Lovato on this big milestone! We wish her all the best in her continued recovery.