On Friday, Demi Lovato went on Instagram to share an important message about restoring her addiction the day she was sober for seven years. The singer "Sorry Not Sorry", who was hospitalized for a drug overdose in Julystressed that recovery is rarely linear.
Lovato has published a series of Instagram stories about sobriety and its recovery journey. She wrote:
Today, I would have been sober for seven years. I do not regret going out because I needed to make these mistakes, but I must never forget that this is exactly what they are: mistakes. Recognizing that AA / NA never closes the door, no matter how many times you have to start over. I have not lost 6 years, I will still have this experience, but now I have the chance to add to this period a new course and a new count of time. If you have had a relapse and are afraid to ask for help, know that it is possible to take this step towards healing. If you are alive today, you can recover it. You're worth it.
After an overdose in July, Lovato spent several weeks in the hospital before check in rehab. She would have remained 90 days before leaving. In August, she said this additional treatment was part of her recovery journey.
"I've always been transparent about my background with addiction," Lovato wrote. "What I learned is that this disease does not go away or fade over time. This is something that I must continue to overcome and have not done yet. … I will continue to fight.
Lovato has been Frank talk about his experiences with mental health, eating disorders and addiction in the past. His latest message underscores his commitment to recovery and advocacy for people in need. If you struggle too, know that you are not alone and that there are resources. as NA and AA, and the SAMHSA hotline at 1-800-662-4357.
Header image via Demi Lovato's Facebook page