Selma Blair will be celebrating her 46th birthday on June 23, but before she takes time to commemorate the anniversary of her birth, she wanted to pause and recognize another incredible milestone — two years of sobriety.
The actress posted a very raw and emotional message to Instagram:
“2 years sober,” she wrote. “2 years feeling everything and nothing. 2 years of extreme gratitude and humility and grace. I thank the lord and my friends. … I prayed for a miracle at my lowest points. I am a living miracle. Thank you. Thank you.”
Blair started on her path to sobriety after a public incident in which she was removed from a plane and rushed to a hospital. She explained the incident and apologized publicly in a statement to Vanity Fair:
“I made a big mistake yesterday. After a lovely trip with my son and his Dad, I mixed alcohol with medication, and that caused me to black out and led me to say and do things that I deeply regret. My son was with his Dad asleep with his headphones on, so there is that saving grace. I take this very seriously, and I apologize to all of the passengers and crew that I disturbed and am thankful to all of the people who helped me in the aftermath. I am a flawed human being who makes mistakes and am filled with shame over this incident. I am truly very sorry.”
She mentions in her more recent Instagram post that the past two years have not been easy, but that she is incredibly grateful for her ability to maintain her sobriety.
According to an eight-year study surveying just under 1,200 recovering addicts, the chances of a relapse greatly decrease the longer you remain sober. Based on the study, of those who are sober for a year, less than half will relapse, and for those who are sober for five years or more, the chance of relapse is less than 15 percent.
However, relapse can happen. Demi Lovato just confirmed breaking her sobriety after more than six years in an emotional song:
But if you’ve got a strong support system in place, regaining and maintaining sobriety is completely possible.
Fortunately, both Lovato and Blair have support. Lovato’s fans were quick to show how they’re rooting for her by sending her sweet, positive messages on social media.
And in Blair’s case — she seems to be surrounded by friends and family who will be there for her every step of the way. Wishing the actress the happiest of birthdays!