Back in July of 2018, Demi Lovato suffered an overdose that nearly claimed her life.
Lovato recently reached a milestone in her recovery and is soon to be eight months sober.
But this week, there’s a different anniversary on the pop icon’s mind.
“Today I Would’ve had 7 years sober,” Demi wrote on her Instagram page over the weekend.
“I don’t regret going out because I needed to make those mistakes, but I must never forget that’s what they were: mistakes,” she added.
When Demi says “going out” here, she’s not referring to hitting the club (her overdose took place in a private residence).
Instead, she’s using popular AA terminology: “going out” is a common euphemism for relapsing.
From there, Lovato went on to express her gratitude to the organization (along with Narcotics Anonymous) and its compassionate response to roadblocks on the path to recovery.
“Grateful that AA/NA never shuts the door on you no matter how many times you have to start your time over,” she wrote.
“I didn’t lose 6 years; I’ll always have that experience but now I just get to add to that time with a new journey and time count.”
Demi is clearly optimistic about her continued recovery, and sources say she’s fully committed to the hard work of staying sober.
There were concerns among fans when Demi began dating Henry Levy shortly after leaving treatment.
The couple had met in rehab, and though Levy was newly sober himself, those who are new to recovery are commonly discouraged from entering new relationships, particularly with other people who might be vulnerable to relapses.
These days, Demi and Henry are broken up, though it’s unclear if the decision had anything to do with one or both parties opting to focus on their sobriety.
Lovato concluded her most recent post with a message of hope for others who may have suffered setbacks in their recovery:
“If you’ve relapsed and are afraid to get help again, just know it’s possible to take that step towards recovery,” she wrote.
“If you’re alive today, you can make it back. You’re worth it.”
During the six years that Demi was substance-free, she often served as an inspiration to others who were in recovery.
Now, it seems she’s eager to embrace that role once more.
We wish Demi all the best in her sobriety, and we thank her for the inspiration she provides to so many millions of fans.